Established in 2004, the CABA Connected Home Council initiates and reviews projects that relate to connected home and multiple dwelling unit technologies and applications. Connected homes intelligently access wide area network services such as television and radio programming, data and voice communications, life safety and energy management/control information and distribute them throughout the home for convenient use by consumers. The Council also examines industry opportunities that can accelerate the adoption of new technologies, consumer electronics and broadband services within the burgeoning connected home market.

Last meeting: November 16, 2020

Minutes (to come)

Ajit Pardasani, Senior Research Officer
Intelligent Building Operations, National Research Council
“Smart Load-Shift Strategies For Electrically Heated Homes”
Special 30 Minute Presentation
Monday, November 16, 2020  |  12 Noon – 1:30 PM ET

Description:  New Brunswick is a winter peaking province as it uses electricity as the primary method for space and water heating. A typical household in New Brunswick uses 63% of its annual electricity consumption for space heating. Peak demand in the province is caused by heating loads during the winter, and is acute on the coldest days when demand for heating is at its highest and is met by oil and gas fired plants. NB Power, Siemens Canada and National Research Council of Canada have partnered since 2014 to conduct a series of pilot studies to evaluate the reduction in morning peak loads through smart thermostats in detached homes that used electrical baseboard heaters.  The latest in the series was the smart grid pilot study consisting of 567 owner-occupied homes that used electric baseboard heaters in three cities of the province in 2016-17 to evaluate demand control using OpenADR-compliant connected thermostats. The aim of the field study was to investigate how much electrical energy could be shifted from peak demand hours to the immediately preceding hours while maintaining acceptable thermal conditions. This presentation will summarize the results and lessons learnt from the pilot studies, including the influence of various building and occupant characteristics on the shift.


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