Panasonic Homes Co. in Japan conducted a test in its plant here for the media, in which a one-ton iron ball struck the iron frame of a house.
Although a conventional brace was bent, the vibration control equipment developed by the firm suffered no problems. The equipment is utilized in vibration control technologies used in high-rise buildings.
The frame will be installed in houses to be put on sale on April 13 under the name “Bousai-Jizokuryoku o Sonaeru Ie” (House equipped with enduring strength against disasters).
The houses will also have storage batteries and a water storage tank that can hold three days of drinking water for a family of four.
In addition, the houses will be equipped with “Home X” functions that connect household electric appliances and housing devices with the Internet. As a result, for example, shutters will be automatically shut when violent wind warnings are issued.
For a house with a total floor space of 120 square meters, the construction costs will be about 29 million yen (US$ 259,200), excluding tax.
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