In an extraordinary act of proactive corporate social responsibility, Honda took its “ Blue Skies for Our Children” mantra to a new level in North America.
On Tuesday, Honda Smart Home U.S. took an extraordinary leap toward the promotion and support of sustainable living in North America. Honda demonstrates how your car and home will connect in a not too distant future. In an unprecedented show of support for a “Green” low carbon footprint future, Honda effectively opened its file on their Davis California “Smart House” project to “all that are interested.”
Back in March we reported on a “Green” construction project partnering Honda and the University of Davis. The goal here was sustainable living, a zero carbon footprint and a seamless cogeneration relationship with the 2014 Fit EV. According to Honda management, the project surpassed LEED certification with a twist. Not only does the home produce more solar generated electricity than it consumes, the ability to charge an EV is integrated into the project.
According to HSH us. project manager Michael Koenig, a self professed car guy, public response to the Davis project has been so great, Honda has opted to “open source” project blueprints, specifications, interior furnishes and mechanical specifications to all that are interested.
We've reported on similar Honda projects in Japan and Thailand, this is the first Leed certified residential construction project sponsored by Honda in North America.
Honda puts it this way: "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," says project manager Koenig. "And we’ve received inquiries and proposals from businesses all across the world looking to get involved in green building."
We believe that while California legislation promotes a green future through mandated building code compliance and a rather lofty 2012 zero emissions target, the Davis project demonstrates to the nation that Green building is not only financially doable but can also be aesthetically pleasing.looking to the personal transportation side of the project, EV is here to stay.
Honda is participating in University, public utility project partnerships in several states. The Davis project pushes the Green building movement to the next level as a world wide automotive manufacturer promotes sustainable Eco Friendly car/ home interface and connectivity.