The Smart Home

2018 HPC National Conference Session

From Switches to Smart Thermostats: Out with the Old, In with the New

Wednesday, April 25
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Franklin 3 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

In this session, presenters will discuss recent work being conducted on thermostats and controls. Learn from a study that examined the penetration of digital thermostats in single- and multi-family households and commercial buildings in five states around the US, which also looked at the age of the thermostat age and how many contained mercury. The estimated metric tons of mercury on US walls -- and the energy savings potential results -- will likely surprise you! Dr. Skumatz will also discuss estimated measure lifetimes for older vs. newer types, and what that means for natural market turnover vs. the more aggressive turnover that would help states meet goals for mercury thermostat recycling. Michael Blasnik will discuss the latest smart thermostat saving evaluations including low income applications. Bruce Manclark will cover the use of smart thermostats as quality control tools to help target inspections for newly installed heat pumps.

Bruce Manclark

Director of Training

Bruce is a nationally recognized leader in residential consulting on energy efficiency, energy efficiency technical training, implementation of conservation programs, and quality control testing. Bruce has helped clients across the country develop program strategies for HVAC, new homes and existing homes programs. Bruce previously owned an energy services company, Delta T, specializing in the implementation of residential energy conservation programs and services. In April 2016, he was inducted in the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame recognized for his significant and lasting contributions to the building performance industry over the course of his career. Bruce is currently on the Board of Directors for Efficiency First.


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Michael Blasnik

Senior Building Scientist
Nest Labs

Michael Blasnik is the senior building scientist at Nest Labs where he analyzes mountains of data to help assess and improve thermostat algorithms and works on M&V projects to assess energy savings. Prior to joining Nest in 2014, he spent 30 years researching how homes use and save energy including leading many building science research projects and large scale evaluations of retrofit energy savings, He also invented zonal pressure diagnostics and developed the SIMPLE building energy simulation model.


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Lisa Skumatz

SERA Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc

Dr. Lisa Skumatz is Principal of SERA, a Boulder-based research & consulting firm. She has 30+ years of experience in program planning & evaluation, and is especially known for her work in social marketing / behavioral programs, NEBs, measure lifetimes, NTG, and measurement methods. Lisa is currently the lead evaluation oversight consultant for the Connecticut’s Energy Efficiency Board, and has presented more than 75 papers at the major national and international energy evaluation conferences.


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