Honda Smart Home US

Open Sourcing Honda Smart Home

In the three months following our launch, the response to Honda Smart Home has been truly amazing. We’ve hosted over a thousand visitors in Davis including architects, builders, researchers, academics, media, policymakers and enthusiastic members of the public. And we’ve received inquiries and proposals from businesses all across the world looking to get involved in green building.

Many of the people and companies we’ve met with wanted to know how they could incorporate what we’ve demonstrated into their own projects, or build upon what we’ve learned in their own research. We want nothing more than to facilitate this effort, so today, we’re releasing a batch of files the get the process rolling. By visiting the “downloads” section above, you will now find several files available:

Architectural Plans – We worked with Lim Chang Rohling & Associates to create a beautiful form that incorporates passive design, and Monley Cronin, Inc. to build it. Although the details of our design have been fine tuned to take advantage of the sun and weather at our site, I hope that any interested individuals are able to use our plans as a starting point to create their own sustainable homes around the country. This download contains PDFs as well as the 2D and 3D CAD data to facilitate the design process.

Interior Design & Plans – Love the tile we chose in the bathrooms? Or the efficient appliances in the kitchen? Thanks to MAK Design+Build, we were able to spec local and sustainable materials throughout the home – a critical part of the holistic design process. It can be daunting to find furniture and materials that you feel good about, so if you are building or renovating your home, please take a look at these files which list all of our interior materials and where to find them.

Mechanical & Plumbing Plans – Some of the most innovative work we’re doing on this project involves the ground source heating and cooling. Many researchers have expressed an interest in building upon this work, and these plans are a great starting point.

We’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at hondasmarthome@hna.honda.com if you incorporate any of our work into your own project, or if you have any ideas or questions. If you send us something really cool, we’ll feature it here.

—Michael 

Zero-carbon living: Honda’s smart home to pave the way to a greener future | Factor

We recently sat down with UK-based journalist Matthew Burgess to update him on the HSH commissioning process.  Check out his article on Factor.

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The Honda-designed Home Energy Management System (HEMS) located in the garage is a hardware and software system that monitors, controls and optimizes electrical generation and consumption throughout the home’s microgrid. The 10kWh energy storage system (dark box to the right) uses the same lithium-ion cells that are found in the Honda Fit EV. Our HEMS stores solar energy generated during the day for use at night, when household demand typically peaks and electric vehicles are usually charged.  It is also capable of “listening" to the grid to ensure we only draw power at the most carbon-efficient times.  

BIG DATA. This is the #HondaSmartHome mechanical room. Every day the home’s systems generate 278 channels of data that are stored locally on a data logger at one minute resolution. This information is uploaded every 12 hours to the cloud via a third-party data service that also performs error-checking functions in case any sensor becomes damaged. Data channels include all energy flows within the home and the HEMS system, water flows, temperatures within the walls and floors, weather and various system information flags. The data is stored in CSV format, then aggregated and analyzed by Honda engineers and our industry and academic partners. Ultimately, we’re going to release all this data right here to advance the state of research into the home’s experimental systems. 

 

Green Economy: Search for growth hits progress on environment - FT.com

Good point by the Financial Times in this article. Corporate sustainability efforts can be viewed as offensive strategies by corporations to get ahead of the curve.   

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ajtechknow:

What if through a combination of passive design, radiant heating and cooling, an improved kind of concrete and a computer called HEMS you could power not just your home and car with solar energy but also feed back power to the grid? 

More at our site and watch “TechKnow” tonight on aljazeeraamerica to see how the hondasmarthome works.

Great episode today!

ajtechknow:

Zero-net energy is the home improvement buzzword for a system that produces more energy than it consumes by harnessing energy from the wind, sun or Earth. Think of it as Captain Planet getting involved in building construction.
On this week’s “TechKnow,” Phil Torres and Cara Santa Maria spent the night in a pioneer, zero-net energy smart home designed by UC Davis and Honda. What they found was much more than a solar panel on the roof. Every single square inch of hondasmarthome was deliberately designed in a sustainable way to work seamlessly together, from how the home heats and cools itself to window shades that wake up with you to the task lights that subtly flicker on when entering a room.
Beyond its automated and eco-friendly features, the Honda Smart Home is expertly designed to improve your health and overall well-being. According to the home’s project leader, Michael Koening, “A sustainable building is one thing. A sustainable home needs to focus on the comfort and health of the people who live there.”
Read more at Al Jazeera America.

First #HondaSmartHome GIF!

ajtechknow:

Zero-net energy is the home improvement buzzword for a system that produces more energy than it consumes by harnessing energy from the wind, sun or Earth. Think of it as Captain Planet getting involved in building construction.

On this week’s “TechKnow,” Phil Torres and Cara Santa Maria spent the night in a pioneer, zero-net energy smart home designed by UC Davis and Honda. What they found was much more than a solar panel on the roof. Every single square inch of hondasmarthome was deliberately designed in a sustainable way to work seamlessly together, from how the home heats and cools itself to window shades that wake up with you to the task lights that subtly flicker on when entering a room.

Beyond its automated and eco-friendly features, the Honda Smart Home is expertly designed to improve your health and overall well-being. According to the home’s project leader, Michael Koening, “A sustainable building is one thing. A sustainable home needs to focus on the comfort and health of the people who live there.”

Read more at Al Jazeera America.

First #HondaSmartHome GIF!

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