The Smart Home

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Mind the Gap: Overcoming Barriers and Lessons Learned in Smart Home Demonstration Projects

Thursday, April 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Franklin 3 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

Although smart home technology is now not new, the products themselves still struggle with user experience and interoperability, making integrating home energy management solutions into new and existing homes challenging. In this session, presenters will discuss two distinct smart home projects, experiences with integration, and the projects' successes to date, with a look at how energy programs can overcome barriers to wider adoption. Ms. Kemper will present on lessons learned in trying to introduce a comprehensive smart home control system into new super energy efficient home construction. Ms. Earle will present lessons learned thus far for the NYSERDA HEMS demonstration project with existing homes.

Learning Objectives:

Emily Kemper

Senior Technical Manager

Ms. Kemper is an Oregon-registered Architect and building science expert who manages CLEAResult’s Building Science & Engineering Team in support of energy efficiency programs and projects across the country. She leads company initiatives in search of energy savings in homes & buildings through research, design, and planning, and is a subject matter expert in the field of home energy management systems, connected devices, and sustainable and resilient design.  She is an active member of the residential building industry through her work on state and city code and development boards, and is a member of the AIA.


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Lieko Earle

Senior Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Lieko Earle is a Senior Research Engineer in the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She conducts field-based and laboratory evaluations of innovative residential efficiency technologies, including home energy management systems (HEMS) that interact intelligently with buildings and their occupants to optimize comfort, convenience, and energy use. Her research interests center around advanced monitoring techniques and experiment design for field evaluations of residential building systems. She holds a B.S. in Physics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


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Mark Jerome

Senior Building Science Consultant

Mark Jerome has nearly 30 years of experience in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. He has worked in all phases of the residential and commercial markets. Mark has been a voting member of the Regional Technical Forum since January 2007.
As a Senor Building Science Consultant with CLEAResult, Mark plays critical roles in several energy efficiency programs, providing program design, technical support and training for residential and commercial programs. Mark is also currently an inspector and program subject matter expert for the Performance Tested Comfort Systems’ Residential Heat Pump & Duct Sealing Programs.


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