Partnership to show environmental benefit of home fire sprinklers
Quincy, Mass., April 19, 2012 – 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 exhibit is 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.
NFPA 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
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
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.
About Green Builder® Media
Green Builder® Media, LLC is the leading media company in North America focused on green building and sustainable living. With a comprehensive suite of print and digital media solutions, demonstration projects, case studies, online training, and live events, Green Builder® Media assists building professionals in preparing themselves for the new green economy and helps homeowners understand how to live more sustainably. For more information about Green Builder® Media, visit www.greenbuildermag.com or contact Sara Gutterman. For media inquiries, contact Cati O’Keefe.
About INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®
INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Creativity and imagination abound as guests celebrate inspiration and the innovations that improve their lives and expand their horizons. Hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire. For more information about INNOVENTIONS, visit www.innoventions.disney.com.
About VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS
Opening this spring, the VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® is a groundbreaking green show home exhibit presented by Green Builder® Media in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering. This experiential exhibit in the heart of Epcot® highlights the very best in green residential design and sustainable living. Visitors should leave with a greater understanding of green design, technology, and products as well as a host of sustainable living ideas that they can incorporate in their lives the minute they get home from vacation.
In addition to presenting sponsor Green Builder® Media, other sponsors for this exciting project include SIEMENS, GM, Ingersoll-Rand, Armstrong, Boral, Hanwha Solar, Kohler, National Fire Protection Association, Panasonic, Pella and Schott.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life
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