NFPA & Green Builder® Media to partner at VISION House®

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has partnered with Green Builder® Media, North America’s leading media company focused on sustainable living to participate in the VISION House® located in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The innovative exhibitis set to present green living ideas in a fun and informative manner that will empower guests with the knowledge that a sustainable future is possible.

Vision HouseNFPA will showcase home fire sprinklers as an important addition to the home. “Through this partnership with Green Builder® Media, we hope to educate visitors on the key environmental benefits of sprinklers,” said Jim Shannon, NFPA president. According to findings of a groundbreaking study, greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98 percent when automatic fire sprinklers are installed. The study, conducted for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, also found that automatic sprinklers:

  • Reduce fire damage up to 97 percent
  • Reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90 percent
  • Reduce the amount of water pollution released in the environment

The VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS is inspired by Green Builder Media’s VISION House demonstration home series and will open Earth Day, April 22nd. Guests visiting the house will explore the major themes of green building, including whole-home automation, energy generation and efficiency, water conservation, indoor environment quality and high-performance materials and durability.

As guests tour the home, they will encounter intelligent products and advanced technologies, such as:

  • Fire sprinkler information from the National Fire Protection Association
  • High efficiency heating and cooling systems and controls and innovative whole-home automation system and door hardware by Ingersoll Rand
  • Electronic vehicle charging station by SIEMENS
  • Chevy Volt electric vehicle by GM
  • Photovoltaic solar panels from Hanwha Solar
  • Durable and environmentally friendly exterior systems, including smog-eating tile roofs, cultured stone, bricks, permeable pavers, and trim by Boral
  • Ventilation solutions by Panasonic
  • Energy efficient windows and doors from Pella
  • High performance appliance glass products by Schott
  • Sustainable hardwood flooring and cabinets from Armstrong World Industries
  • Water-conserving fixtures, faucets, showerheads, and home standby generators by KOHLER
  • ENERGY STAR certified home appliances by Bosch
  • LED lighting solutions by SYLVANIA

For more information about sustainable living and the VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS, visit www.visionhousegreen.com. For more information about home fire sprinklers, visit www.nfpa.org/sprinklers.

 

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1 Comment

  • Chris Huston says:

    Something we need to look at, as part of our PubEd programs, is teaching about some of the new “stuff” thats out there. We should do our best to stay open minded yet know that facts about new technologies that wil be part of and in the home of tomorrow. Although we need to ensure we understand new materials related to Firefighteting Operations, we also need to be reminded of what is going inside the home as well. Time will also paly a huge factor as not all residents jump right into a lot of the new materials/devices that come out.

    Keep us on the forefront LT. this is great information to stay up on!

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An 18 year veteran of the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department. An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.

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