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Saturday March 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by fadzilah najumudeen
GREEN living is possible and practical as proven by the first PanaHome ‘eco-ideas’ house which was unveiled by PanaHome Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Jalan Ara, Bangsar.
The two-and-a-half-storey bungalow has been designed to be both energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Pre-fabrication technology has ensured a consistent and high quality building structure, which required only a short construction period of about six months compared to conventional methods.
PanaHome’s PureTech embedded ventilation system supplies effective circulation of natural cool air into the living space.
This reduces the need for excessive air-conditioning which in turn reduces energy consumption.
KiraTech tiles, which have self-cleaning capabilities, cover the exterior of the house and are used to ensure the external walls of the house remain consistently clean.
The tiles are also able to break down surrounding toxic air pollutants and contribute to a cleaner environment.
The interior of the house is fitted with all kinds of Panasonic equipment which make living easy.
They are energy-efficient air conditioners, home appliances, smart audio visual systems, communication systems, security solutions and space-saving features.
Panasonic Asia Pacific managing director Yorihisa Shiokawa said this was the first PanaHome house in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
“This should help Malaysia to become an environmental leader that inspires other countries to adopt sustainable living,” he said.
PanaHome Corporation Japan president and chief executive officer Yasuteru Fujii said the company had expanded to two countries so far — Taiwan and Malaysia.
“Taiwan was our first target where we have two condominium projects that have already started. Malaysia is our second target.
“The growing population and economy here creates a constant demand for houses.
“Environment and energy concerns are also getting highlighted as the national agenda and we can help by using our experiences from building two Smart Town projects in Japan.
“The long-standing presence of Panasonic Malaysia will further help us fulfil our concept of Smart Eco houses and smart cities,” said Fujii.
Currently, the showhouse is being used for research and development and is undergoing tests to fine-tune its solutions to fit the tropical climate.
“We will introduce the concept to local developers to build houses like this in Malaysia in the near future,” added Fujii.
The PanaHome showhouse is open for viewing by appointment only. Enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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