UC Davis

Honda opens West Village ‘smart home’ for tours

By From page A1 | March 23, 2014

Beginning on Tuesday, the public will have a chance to take a look inside American Honda Motor Co.’s high-tech “smart home” in West Village.

The house, a kind of living laboratory at 299 N. Sage St., will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, then 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The two-year-old Honda Smart Home U.S. project is an effort by the company and UC Davis to use new and emerging technology in order to showcase ways that the state can meet its net zero energy goal for new construction by 2020.

The house was designed to be more than energy neutral, but feed energy into the power grid and use its photovoltaic system to directly charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle. The house is intended to use less than half of the energy of a new Davis-area home for heating, cooling and lighting.

Other features of the home include: an energy management system intended to maximize energy efficiency for the house while responding to energy grid needs; UCD-designed high-efficiency heating, air conditioning and lighting; design intended to meet top-level green building certifications.

The company first unveiled the Honda Smart Home System with two houses in Saitama, Japan, in 2012.

Online: http://www.hondasmarthome.com

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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