Energy / Climate Change

May 5, 2011


Home Builder Offers EV & PHV Charger Outlets as Standard Feature for Single-Family House

Keywords: Eco-business / Social Venture Energy Conservation Non-manufacturing industry Renewable Energy 

Sekisui House Ltd., a major Japanese home builder, started offering on February 1, 2011, houses with an outlet for charging electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) as a standard feature. The home builder believes that having the option to install EV and PHV charger outlets in homes at the time of construction, when costs are much lower as compared with after construction, will boost the spread of EVs and PHVs.

In addition, Sekisui House announced on January 21, 2011 that it had become the first company in the industry to have sold more than 10,000 single-family houses equipped with solar power generation systems in a fiscal year as of the end of December 2010. The company also said that it had sold 2,732 houses equipped with household fuel cells, the largest number sold by a single company in the industry, during the same period.

The home builder launched an eco-friendly Green First house in March 2010. The Green First house is equipped with a solar power generation system or a household fuel cell, and basic features such as heat insulation and earthquake resistance have been upgraded. The sales of the Green First have been steadily increasing since its launch. The number of sales agreements for single-family houses equipped with solar power generation systems during February-December 2010 period reached 10,178 as a result of sales promotion strategies, including the company's own cash-back campaign to assist residential solar power generation (130,000 yen, equivalent to around US$1,605, per installation of a 1-kW system), in addition to subsidies provided by national and local governments.

About 80 percent of the houses with household fuel cells are also equipped with solar power generation systems. Eco-friendly houses account for 70 percent of total single-family house contracts, and when they are inhabited, the CO2 reductions will be 34,796 tons per year, equivalent to the amount of CO2 absorbed by 2.03 million trees.

Posted: 2011/05/05 06:00:15 AM