Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization (ETAC) in the Residential Sector

Additional ETAC Programs

Opportunities to achieve energy-efficiency gains in the residential sector beyond traditional building and retrofit techniques have been limited by underutilization of emerging technologies that are commercially-available, but face barriers to widespread adoption in the industry. Technologies and techniques such as solid state lighting, lighting controls, home energy management systems, smart-grid integration, micro-combined heat and power, and super insulation have proven benefits. But they have seen limited market adoption, due to obstacles such as upfront costs, consumer and builder awareness and the lack of infrastructure support, including activities such as supply chain development, sales training and installer certification.

The ETAC initiative seeks to address the barriers to market acceptance by facilitating in-field demonstrations and the subsequent technology transfers. Widespread, large-scale demonstrations will incorporate these technologies into energy-efficiency projects, where the savings potential will be monitored and validated. In parallel, other marketplace needs will be addressed, such as the development of a training curriculum for designers and specifiers, installer-certification standards, consumer-education materials, and maintenance processes. Following the demonstration period, results will be communicated to the marketplace via various means such as case studies, presentations, and webinars.

While this specific initiative is focused on emerging technologies in the residential sector, NYSERDA will also demonstrate emerging technologies for the multifamily and commercial/industrial sectors through parallel ETAC initiatives.

Demonstrating Technologies and Building/Retrofit Practices

NYSERDA will announce opportunities to conduct demonstrations through Program Opportunity Notices (PONs). Interested parties must submit a proposal, outlining a project plan for demonstrating and monitoring the technology. Demonstration participants will be encouraged to collaborate with others in the energy-efficiency field, such as contractors, architects, builders, and technology manufacturers. To facilitate team creation, NYSERDA will conduct outreach to potentially interested parties, and create a clearinghouse to allow possible participants to identify one another.

Participating in ETAC Demonstration Projects

Stakeholder Outreach

The ETAC initiative in the residential sector will be guided by an Advisory Committee consisting of stakeholders representing the full spectrum of key players in the residential energy-efficiency field, including but not limited to:

  • Home Performance Contractors
  • ENERGY STAR Builders
  • Energy-Efficiency Products Manufacturers
  • Building Science Professionals
  • Consumers
  • Energy-Efficiency Program Administrators
  • Workforce Development and Training Providers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Research & Development Organizations

Advisory Committee Members

NYSERDA Residential ETAC Advisory Committee

Name Company
Anthony Aebi Green Hill Contracting
Cliff Babson Four Points Energy Solutions
Rick Bain Cree
Cristina Coltro ConEd
John D'Aloia NYS Department of Public Service
Mike Dunleavy Regional Community Action Program Inc. (RECAP)
Ellis Guiles TAG Mechanical
Damian Hodkinson True Energy Solutions
Jeff Irish Hudson Valley Clean Energy
Ryan Kerr Gas Technology Institute
Maureen Mahle Steven Winter Associates
Joseph Malcarne Malcarne Contracting
Robert Olson Consultant
Rupert Sheodial Catskill Mountain Home Builder Inc
Hal Smith Halco
Jeremy Snyder Lighting Research Center, RPI
Kevin Stack NE Green Building Consulting
Paula Traynor Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Eric Werling U.S. Department of Energy

Advisory Committee Meetings

Date Agenda Materials Minutes Media Player RealPlayer
August 7, 2012 agenda  agenda  minutes     
June 8, 2012 agenda  agenda  minutes     

Technology Transfer

To generate awareness of emerging technologies and increase market adoption, the ETAC demonstration project results will be communicated to stakeholders in the residential energy field via channels, such as websites, reports, press events and releases, articles, case studies, conferences and seminar presentations, and webinars.

Results of ETAC demonstration projects will be posted here when available.


Coming soon.

Last Updated: 10/10/2014