Panasonic has decided to go beyond building consumer electronics and is now building a house to be completed by 2010 called Eco and UD House. A major feature of the house is achieving a Factor 5 energy efficiency without sacrificing quality of living through the use of technology. Panasonic is addressing the issue of global warming head on.
The Panasonic house reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 60% compared to an ordinary home. It uses a fuel-cell co-generation system, which reduces energy use in a household by 20%, solar power generation, and home energy management system that reduces energy use by approximately 10% .
Heat insulation has long been a problem with energy efficiency in homes and this home has solved the problem by utilizing exterior wall heat insulation and heat-insulated doors and windows. With the success of Panasonic’s hydrofluorocarbon-free refrigerator and ever-popular tilted-drum washer and dryer, which clean with significantly less amount of water, every other electronic appliance in the house is energy efficient. Of course, Panasonic had to fill every room in the house with latest and greatest of plasma televisions, retinal scanners, and all the available technology for automation of lighting, window treatments, and music.
Here are some videos of Panasonic’s Ecolife House: