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High-Tech Off-Grid Mirai Nihon Home Coexists With Nature in Japan
Posted By Leon Kaye On June 11, 2012 @ 12:20 pm In gallery,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments
In order to make Mirai Nihon a reality, TBWA\HAKUHODO developed a platform  to identify new technologies and innovations that had not yet been commercialized. Next, the firm partnered with Nissan, maker of the electric vehicle Leaf, to establish a design that would be both sustainable and comfortable for its occupants. Other organizations, including NEC and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency also participated in the project.
Solor Design Lab was the brains behind the prefabricated house, a combination of Japanese design, aesthetics and maximum space efficiency. A Nissan Leaf, when not providing transportation, powers the home via its battery. A home energy management system (HEMS) incorporates smart grid technology and allows the home’s owner to gauge and control the consumption of energy throughout the house. Even Mirai Nihon’s water system works completely free from local infrastructure; it uses a seawater purification system  that TBWA\HAKUHODO says can filter out heavy metals and radioactive materials.
Mirai Nihon is not just a project to prepare for the next calamity to hit Japan; TBWA\HAKUHODO and its partners believe the house could work in cities and villages around the world, providing shelter while new sustainable technologies can scale and become more cost-effective.
Via Co.Exist 
Photos courtesy TBWA\HAKUHODO 
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URLs in this post:
 TBWA\HAKUHODO: http://www.tbwahakuhodo.co.jp/
 Mirai Nihon project: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679972/the-off-the-grid-house-of-the-future-built-by-an-ad-agency
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/mirai-nihon-is-a-high-tech-off-grid-house-designed-by-a-japanese-ad-agency/mirai-nihon-house-09/
 developed a platform: http://www.tbwahakuhodo.co.jp/mirainihon/index.html
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