Gallery: PHOTOS: Inhabitat Takes a Peek Inside the Panasonic Eco Ideas ...

With the integration of natural lighting and ventilation, solar and fuel cell power, more efficient appliances and lighting and even electric vehicle charging, we really felt like Panasonic had left no green stone unturned in its Eco Ideas House - until our tour guide took us to the home's awesome e-work office. The office goes even deeper into exploring the ways that people can cut down on CO2 in their lifestyles by creating the perfect work-at-home setup. Working from home obviously saves gas and slashes emissions but it may not seem feasible if your job demands face-to-face meetings with colleagues or the need to show samples to clients in person.

Panasonic created the Eco Ideas House to show the world how a symphony of their every-saving products working in concert can help consumers realize a zero CO2-emissions home, and live a more enriched lifestyle. The modern abode stands right next to the company’s Tokyo center and has a total floor area of 136.9 sq. meters (the national average home size in Japan).

Upon stepping into the home, we noticed immediately how bright and airy it was. Our tour guide explained to us that one of the main principles of the design was using nature’s blessings to their fullest potential. By making the most of natural wind and breezes via a product called the Wind Passage Tower S, which takes cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter from beneath the floor to ventilate and regulate the temperature of the living room, Panasonic was able to keep the energy needed to cool and heat the space down significantly.


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