Honda Smart Home to Demonstrate Zero-Carbon Living and Mobility at the University of California, Davis

  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

Business Wire

TORRANCE, Calif. -- April 24, 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.

Representatives from Honda and University of California, Davis prepare to
break ground for the Honda ...

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 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

  *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 consumption.

  *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 CO[2] 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 CO[2] emissions from the
    production of building materials and the construction and operation of the

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

Executive Quotes

“With Honda Smart Home US we will showcase our vision for a lifestyle that
produces zero CO[2] 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

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 CO[2] 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 landfill.

In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO[2]
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 CO[2]
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

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