Sekisui House, Toshiba and Honda Embody 2020 Lifestyle of the Future with
Real-World Smart House
Three Companies Conduct Joint Demonstration Testing Toward Practical
Applications of Their Smart Community Technologies
Tokyo, May 21, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - Sekisui House, Ltd., Toshiba
Corporation and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have jointly built a new demonstration
test house in Saitama City, Japan, and have begun verification of the advanced
lifestyle with their information technologies, personal mobility and energy
management technologies designed to realize comprehensive control over supply
and demand of energy for houses, mobility products and community.
The new demonstration test house is a fully livable two-family house designed
to further advance technologies in real world that will support future life by
testing new technological challenges such as the mutual supply of electricity
and hot water generated in the two households, non-contact recharging of an
electric vehicle, electric supply from the vehicles to the home and community,
and the creation of the residential space that enhances the usability of
personal mobility products. For example, surplus electricity by photovoltaic
generation in one of the two households can be used in another household.
Striving to realize a future where people can enjoy a safer, more comfortable,
more convenient and more fun lifestyle, the three companies have been proactive
players in the area of promoting the realization of a smart community.
Under a brand vision of "SLOW & SMART," Sekisui House has been
promoting various initiatives to utilize advanced technologies for a
comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle. While envisioning popularization of
"net zero-energy" houses in 2020, Sekisui House has been offering a
smart house, under the brand name of "Green First Zero," which is
equipped with various energy creation and saving technologies optimally
controlled by HEMS (home energy management system).
In order to accomplish a stable energy supply and creation of comfortable and
efficient living space, Toshiba has been offering solutions that combine energy
devices, smart home appliances and cloud services. Such solutions have been
provided in a broad range of forms from household appliances for a household to
the "demand-response(1)" demonstration for a community which connect
houses and the community.
Striving to realize "the joy and freedom of mobility" and "a
sustainable society where people can enjoy life," Honda built two
demonstration test houses in Saitama City in April 2012 and Honda Smart Home US
in California earlier this year, and has been verifying the effectiveness of
its energy management technologies which enable in-house energy production and
consumption. Honda also has been studying the ideal future of personal
Moreover, in November 2013, the three companies jointly exhibited at the SMART
MOBILITY CITY 2013, an organizer-themed project held within the venue of the
43rd Tokyo Motor Show. Through this exhibit, the three companies collaborated
beyond the boundaries of industries and proposed a future lifestyle where
houses, electric appliances and automobiles are linked to one another.
This time, the three companies envisioned an enjoyable lifestyle that is
sustainable throughout the course of a person's lifetime, as well as a
2020 lifestyle of the future where houses and mobility products emit zero CO2,
and such lifestyles were embodied in the newly-built fully livable two-family
demonstration test house. Utilizing this new test house, the three companies
will conduct various verification tests with the aim to establish technologies
that realize a futuristic lifestyle and to put such technologies into practical
(1) The "demand response" is a method of balancing electricity
supply and demand by changing demand on the user side.
Outline of the demonstration testing
- "SLOW & SMART" lifestyle for the future
The new demonstration test house is equipped with various technologies and
designs to support a safe and comfortable lifestyle, including a space design
which accommodates automobiles inside the house, an indoor layout that
accommodates utilization of robotics, a completely flat floor for the entire
house including the exterior deck, and automatic control for the opening and
closing of windows, doors and blinds. The demonstration testing will verify the
compatibility of a house and mobility products as well as the house design
which allow residents to live safely and comfortably through the course of a
- Interchange of electricity and heat between households using the
The microCEMS optimizes control of the supply and demand of energy not only
for each house but for a community. Using the newly-built demonstration test
house, which is a two-family house, the test will verify the energy saving
effect of the interchange of electricity and heat between two households and
utilization of "demand response."
(2) Micro Community Energy Management System
- Advanced V2H (Vehicle to Home)
The new demonstration test house is equipped with a V2H system that is
interconnected to commercial power grids and is capable of supplying the
vehicle's electricity not only for in-house use but also for use within
the community. The testing will verify the value of electric mobility products
not only as an emergency power source for a single house but also as a power
source that a community can utilize to shift and/or cut peak power demand on a
- Non-contact recharging and autonomous parking
The new demonstration test house is also equipped with a system that
autonomously drives Fit EV parked within the property of the house and
precisely parks it in the garage that is equipped with a non-contact recharging
device. The testing will verify the convenience and issues of using those
technologies in the house.
- Other key features and technologies
> Wall greening (Sekisui House)
> Smart Meter (Toshiba)
> eneGoon, PV interconnection lithium-ion battery (Toshiba)
> Smart electric appliance, HEMS FEMINITY (Toshiba)
> 84-inch 4K television (Toshiba)
> Honda Smart Home System (Honda)
> V2H system featuring Honda MC-beta micro-sized EV (Honda)
> HEMS control with voice recognition technologies (Honda)
> Honda Robotics (Honda)
Sekisui House supports the safety and comfort of people's lives by
employing advanced household-related technologies from the construction stage.
Toshiba pursues the realization of a smart community through the stable supply
of energy and creation of comfortable and efficient living space. Honda
continues to provide people with the joy of mobility with its next-generation
mobility products. Together, these three companies will collaborate beyond the
boundaries of industries and propose a future lifestyle that is safer, more
secure, more comfortable, more convenient and more fun.
- Comment by Toshinori Abe, President & COO, Sekisui House, Ltd.
"This new smart house will provide us with a single location to conduct
demonstration testing that employs a number of advanced information and
mobility technologies. We will conduct real-world testing which will verify how
these advanced technologies support and realize a comfortable and enjoyable
life for people, how we can utilize such technologies in connection between
residents and their community, and how well our technologies can accommodate
the needs of people and the community. I have a great hope that our testing
will bring our technologies one more step closer to practical use."
- Comment by Hisao Tanaka, Director, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation
"We are ready to begin demonstration testing that combines the
technologies of the three companies in the area of mobility, housing, consumer
electronics and energy devices. In the coming years, we will take it to a
deeper level and create new added value by fusing together our technologies.
With such new values, we would like to propose a smart society where people can
- Comment by Takanobu Ito, President & CEO, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
"I believe that this three-company collaboration beyond the boundaries of
industries will enable us to generate freewheeling ideas that are outside the
box and create new value. Though our verification in a real-world environment,
just like this new house, we will identify needs for the lifestyle of the
future, which we could never see from behind a desk, and we will strive to
create fun and dream-inspiring mobility and living spaces."
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (TSE:7267/NYSE:HMC) is one of the leading manufacturers
of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of motorcycles in
the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine satisfaction to people
worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries
worldwide, producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs,
generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that
bring the company into contact with over 19 million customers annually. For
more information, please visit http://world.honda.com.
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