(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by American Honda Motor Co. and received via e-mail. The
release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Honda Smart Home to Demonstrate Zero-Carbon Living and Mobility
at the University of California, Davis 
“Zero Net Energy” concept home will efficiently generate and
manage renewable energy; Solar power will charge Honda Fit EV 
TORRANCE, Calif. April 23, 2013  - American Honda 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. 
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 US: 
•     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 utility grid. 
•     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
•     Direct solar PV-to-vehicle charging 
Direct PV-to-vehicle 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-level 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
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. 
Executive Quotes
“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 design.” 
“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 are zero-waste to
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
Media Contact Information:
Marcos Frommer (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.): 310-783-7837, 
(sgp) NY 
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