Plastics Make It Possible® and Zack Giffin, co-host of FYI Network's "Tiny House Nation," teamed up to build an energy efficient tiny house using innovative plastic building products that can improve a home's energy efficiency.
The 170-square-foot tiny house exhibit–"A Tiny House That's Big on Energy Efficiency"–will debut at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 16 and run through September 11. Zack Giffin built the house in Boulder, CO, and it was previously featured at the California Science Center in Los Angeles from November 2015 through February 2016.
Numerous building products featured throughout the home were donated, from the polyurethane foam insulation that provides a barrier against air and moisture to the tough, plastic solar shingles that protect the roof and generate energy. Other donated products include:
- Jeld-Wen Architectural Fiberglass door courtesy of Pittsburgh-based Covestro and Innovation Exhibits, Ohio.
- Polyurethane spray foam insulation courtesy of Dow Building Solutions, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry and WhySprayFoam.org.
- Vinyl siding and trim courtesy of Associated Materials, the Vinyl Institute, the Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. and National Housing Center.
- Polyiso foam insulation Thermasheath-3 and RSeal construction tape courtesy of Rmax Operating, LLC, Axiom Communications Group and Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association.
- Dow POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles courtesy of Dow Building Solutions and Dow Solar Field Operations.
- Vinyl windows courtesy of TILTCO, A DIVISION OF WINDOWORLD INDUSTRIES, INC. and American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
- WASCO polycarbonate skylight courtesy of Wasco Products, Inc. and Covestro, based in Pittsburgh.
- Polyethylene cross-linked pipe courtesy of Uponor and the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association. Pipe installed is Acme-Cash.
- Luxury vinyl flooring courtesy of Metroflor and the Vinyl Institute