Technology Newsletter

The Technology Newsletter is written by ALA Director of Engineering and Technology Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, to update members on the latest technology issues and ideas.

May 3, 2022
Program to Develop New Fixtures to Improve Sleep, Health and Well-Being.

Work one-on-one with the Light & Health Research Center (LHRC) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City to develop new fixtures for your product line as well as lighting design recommendations to improve sleep, health and well-being. 


May 16, 2022
ALA Tech Forum

Join us and invite others interested in the technical aspects of residential lighting for this unique chance to discuss technical information with others in the industry and to get your questions answered.

Send an email to for the invite.

March 22, 2022
Integrated Home Competition - 2022 Entries and 2021 Winners

he Integrated Home Competition identifies and supports newly available products that will help achieve this vision of a comfortable, convenient, connected home.

Learn more about the competition in this video, presented by Alice Rosenberg. Principal Program Manager at CEE, and Terry McGowan, Director of Engineering and Technology at ALA.


February 10, 2022
Calling All Connected Products: 2022 Integrated Home Competition Launches
January 24, 2022
CSA Group Opens Lighting Center of Excellence

This December CSA Group opened its new Lighting Center of Excellence in Irvine, Calif.


Calling All Connected Products: 2022 Integrated Home Competition Launches

Thursday, February 10, 2022/Categories: News, Engineering & Technology

The CEE Integrated Home Competition rewards market leaders whose connected home solutions not only provide energy savings and load management capability, but also deliver upon consumer expectations for interoperability, reliability, and simplicity. Innovative industry leaders gain recognition through endorsement and promotion from Competition Sponsors.

Residential end uses covered in the 2022 Competition span electric and natural gas equipment. Eligible products include heating and cooling equipment, thermostats, water heaters, pool pumps, plug load controls, window attachments, lighting and lighting controls, ceiling fans, electric vehicle supply equipment, home appliances, and other connected home devices that successfully deliver a positive consumer experience, energy management, and load management capabilities.

Gain Exposure for Your Company’s Innovation

The Integrated Home Competition rewards manufacturers of solutions that advance the CEE Integrated Home vision. Award winners receive credible third-party promotion and recognition through webinars, press releases to both consumer and trade publications, the Integrated Home Competition website, presence at key industry events, and additional promotion by Competition Sponsors. In addition, CEE member efficiency program administrators may choose to recommend winning entries to their customers and contractors or consider pilot programs. All entrants receive insight and direction on future utility needs.

Evaluation Products are evaluated through a two-phase process: screening by the Competition Sponsors and a live assessment of the finalists by a Judging Panel comprised of individuals with expertise in usability, interoperability, IDSM program administration, product or system installation, specific technology performance, and promotion. Entries are judged against the following criteria: 

- Energy Savings and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction
- Functionality
- Load Management 
- Data Sharing
- Interoperability
- Reliability
- Ease of Installation, Set Up, and Use
- Cybersecurity
- Quality of Design and Engineering
- Innovation 

The Judging Panel may reward entries that exhibit other desirable characteristics such as relevance for underserved audiences (assisting in achieving energy equity objectives), accessible design, future proofing, niche applications, and field serviceability. All entrants will receive direct feedback from the Competition Sponsors or from the expert Judging Panel.

For complete guidelines and information on how to enter, please visit, join our upcoming webinar on how to enter, or contact


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