In Brief

Smart home produces enough energy to resupply the grid.

Honda’s new smart home produces more energy than it consumes, which could make it a model for energy-efficient homes in the future. It uses solar panels to generate energy, charge an electric vehicle, and feed power back into the grid – all of which is managed by the extremely intelligent energy management system.

Built on campus at the University of California, Davis, the house also employs sustainable building techniques. Instead of using just cement for the foundation, which requires huge amounts of energy and produces CO2, they added pozzolan, a substance that occurs naturally in the earth as a result of volcanic ash deposits.

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