This Smart Home Technology Is the Best Defense Against Natural Disasters

  • 21 January
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Following months of catastrophic wildfires and mudslides—and no signs of cessation—developers are releasing products that help homeowners have a fighting chance.

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Prefab Flex House comes tricked out with smart home features

  • 18 January
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If today’s tiny houses and shipping container homes (and shipping container tiny homes) strike you as a bit absurd or otherwise impractical, perhaps the new Flex House concept presents a more compelling vision of sustainable compact living. Recently shown at CES, the so-called “right-sized” prefab design comes in at a comfortable 760 square feet, with smart home trimmings from head to toe.

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Solar House Defies Power Outage at Giant Tech Show

  • 10 January
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CES blackout highlights the vulnerabilities of grid-powered technology.The power and possibility of solar power got a boost today when thousands of CES visitors waited for more than an hour as a blackout struck most of the Las Vegas convention center.Thousands of visitors standing in the vast high-ceiling convention Halls stood stunned as the lights went down. Hundreds of TVs shut off, smart...

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It’s Showtime: Sustainability Symposium 2018 and Flex House at CES Are Here!

  • 09 January
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It’s the beginning of January, which can only mean one thing: CES! Ocean of innovation, CES boasts everything from autonomous cars to smart home devices to virtual reality to wearables to all things mobile. This year, CES doesn’t stand alone—the conference overlaps with Design and Construction week in Orlando, and Green Builder Media’s own Sustainability Symposium, which promises to be the...

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Tabuchi Electric America Donates Solar-Plus-Storage Solutions to Help Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands Accelerate Power Restoration

  • 05 December
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Tabuchi America, the world’s leading residential hybrid solar-plus-storage manufacturer, announced today that the company is donating their Eco Intelligent Battery System (EIBS) to various organizations in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands impacted by the hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria. The plug-and-play system includes a hybrid bi-directional solar inverter, 10 kWh lithium ion batteries,...

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The Rise of Sun-Scaping

  • 30 November
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Until recently, battery powered lawn tools were the exception to combustion-powered monsters. But the tool landscape has shifted; power from solar PV now beats fossil fuels in cost per kilowatt. The result is a tantalizing new possibility: Net-zero landscaping with power tools or what I have dubbed "Sun-Scaping." 

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Green Builder Media Brings Smart Home 2.0 to CES

  • 26 November
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Right-sized living meets next-generation smart house technology in the Flex House on tour at CES January 9-12, 2018,  in Las Vegas. The Flex House, the latest of Green Builder Media’s esteemed VISION House demonstration project series, is designed to help homeowners use exactly the amount of resources they need to live affordably and abundantly without unduly...

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Could Panasonic solar storage system solve Muskoka cottage blackout?

  • 05 October
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The 1,600-square-foot cottage’s system linked solar panels to an inverter that converted the energy into electricity to power the cottage and charge a lithium-ion battery. The stored energy could offset grid consumption during peak hours or run the cottage during a blackout.The system included both Tabuchi Electric and Panasonic technology. It produced roughly 89 per cent of the energy used at...

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Could Panasonic solar storage system solve Muskoka cottage blackouts?

  • 05 October
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The 1,600-square-foot cottage’s system linked solar panels to an inverter that converted the energy into electricity to power the cottage and charge a lithium-ion battery. The stored energy could offset grid consumption during peak hours or run the cottage during a blackout.The system included both Tabuchi Electric and Panasonic technology. It produced roughly 89 per cent of the energy used at...

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US Battery Poncho’s Solar and Tabuchi America Develop Integrated Rooftop Solar PV + Battery Storage Solution for Customer Self-Supply Market in Hawaii

  • 24 September
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Poncho’s Solar and Tabuchi Electric’s Post-NEM (Net Energy Metering) solar PV + storage system contributes to eliminating the purchase of energy from the grid during peak shift/spikes and flattens the Duck Curve. This innovative battery storage solution achieved 100% Renewable energy satisfying all of the residential household energy needs for a Honolulu home for 12 days.

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