Apple may have just announced its smart home kit for developers and customers to help make their homes interactive, but Honda are one step ahead of them.
The company has built a smart home that has connected objects and also is capable of producing more energy than it uses.
Not only is the house of the most sophisticated houses in the world it is also incredibly aesthetically pleasing.
Here our some of our favourite features of the house:
Passive design: The home is designed to be incredibly energy efficient by accounting for local weather conditions including the sun’s direction.
Sustainable materials: Across the house the designers, and engineers, tried to use as many sustainable materials as possible as the house seeks a number of green certifications from agencies in the US.
Waste management: To further reduce the house’s impact on the environment 96% of the construction waste from the project, including brick, plastics and lumber, were recycled.
Heating and cooling: In the ground beneath the Honda smart home’s garden are eight 20 foot bore holes that allow a geothermal heat pump to harness the ground’s relatively stable thermal sink to heat and cool the home’s floors and ceiling.
Windows: The home’s south-facing windows are optimised for heating and cooling, while those facing the north are positioned to maximise natural light and ventilation to keep the conditions in the home comfortable whatever time of year it is.
Smart energy: The house has Honda’s home energy management system, which monitors and controls electrical generation and consumption through the microgrid.
Data: There are more than 270 data streams recording information inside the house and feeding it back to the University of California, which has partnered with Honda for the project.
Smart lighting: Occupants will be able to select lighting scenes that complement their daily rhythms and routines.
Images courtesy of Honda