Dec 24, 2012 03:49 PM

'Zero-Carbon' Homes Go on Sale

(Beijing) – A low emissions, "zero-carbon" home debuted on the market in Shanghai December 22. The home is designed to reduce carbon emissions of residents through the use of technologies such as solar power and rainwater purification systems.

The 40-square meter energy efficient home is built by the Shanghai-based sustainable design company Zero Carbon System, which constructed the London Zero Carbon Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

Chen Shuo, president of Zero Carbon System, said the house costs 500,000 yuan and is adaptable to various environments without a connection to a power grid or water systems. "Buyers can just find a plot of land they like and set up their home," said Chen.

A sales representative at Zero Carbon System said the house's solar power system can provide up to 80 percent of the energy required by a single air conditioner. Automated functions of the home are controlled by a computer system which enables users to adjust settings with a touch-screen tablet.

The "zero-carbon" home does not fall under China's current housing sales restriction policies, according to the sales representative.

Chen said that the company is now developing a land rental division and will soon release an online sales platform for the energy-efficient homes.

The company said it on December 22 has signed first contract to sell 20 low emissions homes to a environmental industry park in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.

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