University of California, Irvine Extension’s Sustainable Buildings: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy program has announced that Joe Dada, CEO of SmartLabs, Inc., will be joining their advisory board. As a member of the advisory board, Dada will assist in the direction and development of the curriculum, marketing and partnership opportunities.
“UC Irvine Extension is fortunate to have Joe Dada – an industry leader in building automation – as an advisor in our program,” remarks Kirwan Rockefeller, director of Arts and Humanities Programs. “Currently in the U.S., organizations with 50 or less employees pay 35% more for energy costs than the sector average. With Dada’s expertise incorporated in our curriculum, we believe we can help small- and medium-sized businesses bridge that gap and increase their profitability.”
Dada’s vision is that our homes should have remote control “everything”. He founded SmartLabs in 1992 as a bootstrap startup. Shortly thereafter, he launched Smarthome.com, becoming one of the world’s first ecommerce companies. During the late 1990’s, Dada acquired two product engineering firms, formed SmartLabs Design, and began designing and manufacturing proprietary remote control lighting and related products. Between 2000 and 2005, he led the development of INSTEON, a dual-band (RF plus Powerline) mesh networking technology which has now become the best selling home area networking technology. Currently in use in millions of homes today, INSTEON is now being used to for energy management, demand response and load-shedding in Smart Grid trials with four of the top 10 utilities in the United States. Dada holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in engineering and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.
“I am excited and honored to be joining UCI as an advisor to this program,” commented Dada. “Not only do our products relate directly to the program, but as the CEO of SmartLabs, I understand the challenges of controlling a business’ energy costs.”
The Sustainable Buildings: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Specialized Studies program was created to help small- and medium-sized organizations develop a strategic plan to reduce their annual energy costs. Curriculum addresses renewable energy sources, energy/water conservation, new building design and existing buildings retrofits.
About the University of California, Irvine Extension
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About the University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion.
About SmartLabs, Inc.
Founded in 1992, SmartLabs, Inc. is an integrated technology company in the home area networking (HAN) and home automation markets. SmartLabs is organized into three divisions: SmartLabs Technology, the pioneering architects of INSTEON wireless HAN technology; SmartLabs Design, which designs and develops Smarthome products; and Smarthome Direct, which sells its own, as well as, third-party products to consumers via its award-winning website - Smarthome.com, through their direct mail catalog and via their brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.
INSTEON (insteonsmartgrid.com) is the best selling Home Area Networking (HAN) technology on the market. It is the only mesh network capable of utilizing two independent means of communication, RF and powerline, thus also making it the most reliable technology. With over 200 products and kits on the market, INSTEON makes it is easy to link together home systems such as lighting, security, HVAC (comfort control), A/V, appliances, and sensors, allowing them to be controlled or monitored from anywhere in the world. INSTEON products can also be used in Smart Grid applications including load shedding, demand response and real-time power reporting.