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ELECTRI Research Included in Government Report on Smart Grid in Housing

Aug 26, 2013

In 2012, ELECTRI International released its research study Smart Grid: Installation and Construction Management Aspects for Electrical Contractors.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, recently published an article featuring the ELECTRI Smart Grid study and acknowledging the Foundation for commissioning the original work. The lead investigators for ELECTRI International were Matt Syal, Professor of Construction Management at Michigan State University, and Kweku Ofei-Amoh, construction consultant at Pyramid Consulting International, Columbus, Ohio.

In the HUD publication titled Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, the agency referenced the Foundation publication in describing how the implementation of smart grid has led to a number of technologies for the housing industry. Two of these technologies, Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Home Area Networks, have a direct effect on the operations of a home. These technologies have influenced many new products and applications for homes; examples include smart meters, car-charging stations, smart thermostats, renewable-energy installations, and smart appliances.

The Cityscape presentation (Volume 15, Number 2, 2013) re-capped the ELECTRI research and quoting directly from the ELECTRI report:

 As part of the smart-grid upgrades, a number of technologies have emerged. The five major smart-grid technologies responsible for successfully implementing a smart grid follow:

    1. Energy storage devices.
    2. Advanced superconducting transmission cables.
    3. Smart Substations and Smart Transformers.
    4. Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
    5. Home Area Networks (HANs).

Two of these technologies, AMI and HANs, have a direct effect on the operations of a home or building, but all the other smart-grid technologies have some level of indirect effect on the housing or communities. An example of the indirect effect is the location and zoning considerations for new transmission lines.

Smart Grid: Installation and Construction Management Aspects for Electrical Contractors.is available online. NECA members can download a free PDF of the research; other purchase options are available. The HUD Cityscape article is also posted online.


ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc. is the primary research arm of the electrical construction industry. Foundation research helps to improve the productivity, professionalism and competitiveness of electrical contractors. ELECTRI International also represents the U.S. electrical construction industry internationally.
For additional information about the ELECTRI International Research Center, contact Sylvia Selwood, ELECTRI Director of Operations and University Relations, at 301-215-4539 or sselwood@electri.org. More information about ELECTRI International research and program can be found at www.electri.org.