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.

June 28, 2023
New ALA White Paper Provides Guidance on Selling LED Solutions

Consumers have a lot of questions regarding LED technology, and thanks to ALA’s newly released guidance document created by members of the ALA Engineering Committee, showrooms now have expert advice at the ready for answering those questions and helping their customers determine whether an integrated LED product or a socketed one is right for them.

February 26, 2024
2024 Integrated Home Competition Seeks Entries
January 30, 2024
Why Lighting Controls Matter to Your Bottom Line
November 29, 2023
ALA Engineering Committee Meeting Covers Key Association Work
February 28, 2023
2023 Integrated Home Competition Now Accepting Entries

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Integrated Home Competition is now accepting entries.

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2023 Integrated Home Competition Now Accepting Entries

2023 Integrated Home Competition Now Accepting Entries

Winning products to receive recognition at trade shows across industries

Tuesday, February 28, 2023/Categories: News, Engineering & Technology, Industry News, Member News

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Integrated Home Competition is now accepting entries. The competition seeks high-performance products that deliver energy savings and automated load management while continuing to meet consumer expectations for interoperability, reliability, and simplicity. Innovative submissions will gain recognition through endorsement and promotion by competition sponsors.

Residential end uses covered in the 2023 competition span electric and natural gas equipment. Eligible products include whole home energy management solutions, 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 and provide 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 insiqght and direction on future utility needs.

What Defines a Winner?

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
  • Consumer value proposition
  • Ease of installation, set up, and use
  • Cybersecurity
  • Quality of design and engineering
  • Innovation

For complete guidelines and information on how to enter, click here, watch this short video, or contact competition@cee1.org.

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