The Smart Home

2018 HPC National Conference Session

The Future of Home Energy Management Systems, Part 1: Opportunities & Challenges

Wednesday, April 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Franklin 3 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

The market for smart home technology has transformed… or has it? In this wide ranging panel discussion, smart home experts from the DOE, regulatory and advocacy organizations, non-profits, and private consultants will gather to discuss developments in the smart home space in the past year and opportunities for the future. At the heart of this discussion will be the issue of what value smart, connected products can provide to the energy industry, and how consumer adoption - or lack thereof - can help or hinder the quest for energy savings. In this session, experts will provide a high-level overview on the smart home space from various angles, and what the future Smart Home could look like, in what will be a good overview for any smart home "newcomers".

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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Claire Miziolek

Technology and Market Solutions Senior Manager
NEEP (Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships)

Claire Miziolek is the Technology and Market Solutions Senior Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). Her role is to help speed the adoption of efficiency solutions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Among other things, Claire works to develop strategies and recommendations to bring efficient technologies, such as home energy management systems, to broader scale and ultimately decrease and optimize the energy used by homes and businesses.


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Kara Saul Rinaldi

Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy
Home Performance Coalition

As the Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy of the Home Performance Coalition, Kara Saul Rinaldi works to educate state and federal policymakers and regulators about residential energy efficiency and whole home energy efficiency policy initiatives including leading its work on energy efficiency and the clean air act, advancing the smart home, and reforming cost-effectiveness testing. A leading energy and climate policy expert, Kara has directed national policy, communications, and grassroots campaigns spearheading education efforts with the Administration and Congress on tax, appropriations, and authorization issues for national and international NGOs and corporations. Prior to working with HPC, Kara was the climate and energy policy lead at Environmental Resources Management, Director of Government and Public Affairs for Owens Corning, Senior Director of Policy for the Alliance to Save Energy and a legislative and communications advocate on the Climate Change Campaign at World Wildlife Fund and worked in the offices of Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).


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