Gallery: Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town UPDATE: New Photos of What Hom...

Back in May, the news that Panasonic and eight other companies had hatched plans for a futuristic eco city of 1,000 technologically advanced green homes was met with much fanfare, but there haven't been any updates on the ambitious undertaking since. Until now, that is. Last week, Inhabitat traveled to Kusatsu, Japan to attend a meeting where more details about Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town were unveiled. Read on to see how much a typical home in this state of the art green neighborhood might set you back, what kinds clean technologies will be available to property owners and photos of Panasonic's Eco Navi show house (seen above), which offers a glimpse into what residences in Fujisawa may look like.

As you might remember from our original post, Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is expected to be one of the most advanced eco cities in the world. Located on the site of an old Panasonic plant, in Fujisawa, Japan, the mega neighborhood will be comprised of 1,000 homes as well as a few stores, healthcare facilities, a nursing home and public green spaces and parks. Each home would be equipped with the means to generate much of the electricity its members need to live, and the goal for the entire community is to reduce CO2 emissions by 70% and cut household water usage by 30%.

Now onto the new stuff. Haruyuki Ishio, Director of Panasonic’s Corporate Division for Promoting Energy Solutions explained that each home in Fujisawa SST would be equipped with a solar array that he feels could provide about 70% of a household’s energy needs. In addition the the standard PV setup, owners could also opt for a fuel cell cogeneration system to provide additional power when the sun is not shining.


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