|[April 24, 2013]
Honda Smart Home to Demonstrate Zero-Carbon Living and Mobility at the University of California, Davis
TORRANCE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
American Honda (News - Alert) Motor Co., Inc. today announced its plan to create the Honda
Smart Home US, a showcase for environmental innovation and renewable
energy enabling technologies that demonstrates Honda's vision for
sustainable, zero-carbon living and personal mobility, including the use
of solar power to charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle. A
groundbreaking today at the construction site on the campus of the
University of California, Davis, marked the start of the building
process, which will be documented and shared through the Honda Smart
Home US website.
Representatives from Honda and University of California, Davis prepare to break ground for the Honda Smart Home US, using shovels made from recycled Honda Civic parts. The Honda Smart Home US will showcase environmental innovation and renewable energy enabling technologies that demonstrate Honda's vision for sustainable, zero-carbon living and personal mobility, including the use of solar power to charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle. From left to right: Mark Modera, Director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center; Michael Siminovitch, Director, California Lighting Technology Center; Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Director, Energy Efficiency Center; Steve Center, vice president, Honda Environmental Business Development Office; Michael Koenig, Smart Home project leader, Honda Environmental Business Development Office; and Aki Yasuoka, advisor, Honda Environmental Business Development Office. (Photo: Business Wire)
Envisioning a lifestyle of renewable energy for home and transportation,
the Honda Smart Home US will feature new and emerging technologies to
greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed by individual households,
and will provide a pathway for the full integration of electric vehicles
into the home.
The hi-tech sustainable home will demonstrate an approach to meeting the
state of California's goal of requiring all new residential construction
to be "zero net energy" by 2020. It is expected to produce more energy
than it consumes, using less than half of the energy of a similarly
sized new home in the Davis area for heating, cooling, and lighting.
The Honda Smart Home will also give its occupants comprehensive control
over all home systems, allowing the residents to remotely and
continually monitor and adjust all aspects of energy use in real time.
Among the many technologies that will be applied to the Honda Smart Home
Solar Power System
A photovoltaic (PV) system will provide
the energy for the home and for daily commuting in an all-electric
vehicle like the Honda Fit EV. The zero net energy home will generate,
on average, more electricity from on-site renewable power sources than
it will receive from its electric utility provider.
Honda Energy Management System
The Honda Energy Management
System introduces a smart-grid technology that will actively
manage energy use and communicate with the homeowner and utility
provider, allowing the home to maximize its energy efficiency while
responding to the needs of the electrical grid, thereby minimizing the
impacts of solar generation and electric vehicle charging on the
High-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)
and Lighting System designed by UC Davis
UC Davis energy
research centers will design high-efficiency, cost effective solutions
to major home energy loads. UC Davis researchers will explore new
methods for geothermal heating and cooling, and a new circadian color
control logic LED lighting system to improve quality of life while
reducing energy consumption.
Direct solar PV-to-vehicle charging
DC battery charging will substantially improve charging efficiency by
reducing losses associated with DC-to-AC and AC-to-DC conversion.
"PV-to-EV" charging will decrease CO2 emitted in the
lifecycle of an electric vehicle by avoiding the carbon associated
with grid electricity production.
Certified "Green" Home
The home will be designed to
achieve top-leve green building certifications from the major U.S.
rating systems. With a holistic approach to sustainability, the home
will feature passive design elements as well as novel materials to
further reduce CO2 emissions from the production of
building materials and the construction and operation of the home.
Honda anticipates construction of the Honda Smart Home, at a site in the
UC Davis West Village development, to be completed by the end of 2013.
The home will be leased to individuals associated with UC Davis, though
further details have not been finalized.
In 2012, Honda unveiled the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) in the city
of Saitama, Japan. The HSHS project includes two homes: one is a
demonstration-only home while the other serves as a residence for Honda
associates. Both feature comprehensive controls of in-house energy
supply and demand, and help manage both the generation and consumption
of energy for the home.
"With Honda Smart Home US we will showcase our vision for a lifestyle
that produces zero CO2 and that could even save consumers
money," said Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business
Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Home energy use
and personal mobility account for most of an individual's carbon
emissions. By addressing both sources together, we are advancing
technologies that will reduce carbon and eventually transform home
"As an academic leader in sustainability research, UC Davis is proud to
be the site of this innovative research home, which will take us to the
next level of energy research and deployment," said Energy Efficiency
Center director Nicole Woolsey Biggart. "We are excited by the
opportunity for our scientists to test new ideas for integrated and
commercially viable carbon-reduction technologies."
About UC Davis
UC Davis has long served as a proving ground for innovations in
environmental sustainability. Sierra Magazine named UC Davis the
nation's #1 Cool School in its 2012 ranking of the country's greenest
colleges. In 2011, UC Davis West Village opened its doors and is on
track to become the nation's largest planned zero net energy community.
Four UC Davis building complexes are certified LEED Platinum, the
highest ranking awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Aggressive
recycling, composting and reuse efforts prevent more than 63 percent of
campus waste from entering landfills annually. Through its Climate
Action Plan, the campus has reduced greenhouse gas emissions below year
2000 levels and expects to reach year 1990 levels by 2020. The campus
also boasts more than 42 miles of bike paths and more than 20,000 bike
racks, earning it a gold award from the League of American Bicyclists.
About Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to
improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Honda has
led the Union
of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle
environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the
list of America's greenest vehicles from the American
Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for eleven out of
the past twelve years. The company
leads all automakers with twelve LEED-certified "Green Buildings"
in North America. Ten of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities
In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2
emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, power
sports and power equipment products and its global network of
manufacturing plants. Today, the company is striving for even greater
reductions in CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate
change, while also working to minimize waste, water use and the total
environmental footprint of its operations worldwide.
Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more
than 26,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R &D and manufacturing
operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion. Over
90% of Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced in North America,
using globally and locally sourced parts.
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