As part of the Environmental Showcase hosted by Japan at the site of this week's G8 Summit, Japan unveiled its first “Zero-Emission House.” This model house showcases Japan's outstanding energy and environmental technologies, demonstrating the country's initiative to address environmental challenges and set a precedent for the future construction of eco-friendly homes around the world.

The “Zero Emission House” of the near future is outfitted with various technologies to ensure that its carbon emissions are zero. All of the house's electricity is powered by a combination of alternative energy sources – primarily being solar and wind technologies. Other cutting edge technologies include a residential fuel cell system, high-efficiency lighting, a heat pump water heater, eco-friendly construction materials, advanced robots, energy-saving home appliances, and LED lamps instead of fluorescent lamps.

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