Aspen Resource Economists Get Private Tour of Honda Smart Home

KE and AS Honda Smart Home_smAspen resource economists Catherine Elder and Ashley Spalding got a private tour of the Honda Smart Home adjacent to the UC Davis campus from Honda senior engineer Michael Koenig.  The home features a 9.5 kw solar PV system and stationary battery to operate both the home and recharge its Honda Fit in less than three hours.  Roughly 1,950 square feet, the home uses ground-source heat pumps, radiant heating and cooling, 9.5-inch walls , triple-paned argon-filled windows with automatic shades along with the PV system to achieve zero net-energy status.  The home is connected to the grid to sell its excess power but has the inverter needed to operate on an “islanded” basis.  Grey-water is captured for irrigation (as is any left-over heat from water), landscaping is otherwise zero-scaped and uses native plants.  Honda built the home to demonstrate its energy management system, which includes the ability to charge the Honda Fit with renewable power directly from the PV system. To learn more about the home, click here