CEE Integrated Home Competition

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Connected Pool Pumps


Category Scope:

The connected pool pumps category is open to products with primary applicability in the residential sector. Products must be available for sale through retail or distribution channels serving the residential new construction and major renovation markets in the United States or Canada. If an entry is comprised of components from more than one manufacturer, the Competition encourages collaboration in the submission of the entry.

Category scope includes energy efficient and connected pool pump products, such as:

  • Self-priming inground pool pumps
  • Non-self-priming aboveground pool pumps
  • Pressure cleaner booster pumps
  • Add-on pool automation devices

The Competition is intended to highlight connected residential pool pump equipment available for purchase in 2022. As such, products available or planned for introduction to the market between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022 are eligible to enter the 2022 Competition.

If you are interested in submitting a product family, the Organizers recommend that you select a single product that is representative of the product family and note in the submission form that the single entry is part of a larger family. Manufacturers are also invited to submit images of other products within the family as well as marketing materials that show the product family.

If you are unsure whether your product falls within the category scope or have additional questions, please reach out to the Organizers at competition@cee1.org.


Desired Qualities and Capabilities

The Integrated Home Competition is seeking connected swimming pool products that help customers manage their energy use. While it is not expected that entries will include all of the following, desired qualities and capabilities include:

  • Meet CEE Tier 1Program Requirements, if applicable, as described in the CEE Residential Swimming Pool Pump Specification. Products that meet CEE Tier 2 or Advanced Tier requirements would be awarded additional points.
  • Energy management, which encompasses features that reduce the product’s overall energy consumption levels either through core product functionality or influencing customer behavior.
    • Energy consumption information for users, including remote access via an app, website, or home energy management system.
    • Programmable settings, such as vacation, away, or low power modes that reduce energy use.
    • Ongoing, active management of settings through features like automatic scheduling or learning-based schedule creation based on customer preferences and habits.
  • Ability to receive and respond to a utility or third-party signal (such as a pricing signal or curtailment signal).
  • Demand response (DR) capabilities, defined as the ability to delay, curtail, or increase operation to enable load shifting from peak use or low supply periods to low use or high supply periods.
  • Data sharing with consumers and consumer-authorized third parties, including operational status and energy consumption reporting.
  • Ability to send or receive sensor data or user inputs from other connected devices or platforms to optimize pool system operation
  • Consumer customization, such as the ability to input preferences and parameters related to product operation and the ability to tailor notifications for events like system failures, power surges, planned device shutdowns, servicing requirements, or upcoming DR events.
  • Ability to operate seamlessly with other connected devices, systems, and platforms within the home (including the outdoor home environment).
  • Simplified device set up and use, including installation and account set up.
  • Intuitive consumer operation through multiple interfaces.

It is not expected that entries will include all of the above capabilities; rather, products should include measures that save energy and provide a positive consumer experience. Additional capabilities beyond this list will also be considered in the judging process. Products with greater functionality generally receive more points (see the Judging Criteria for more information).


Additional Questions?

Check out the FAQ at FAQ or contact the Competition Organizers at competition@cee1.orgwith any questions.