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.
The Plastics Make it Possible tiny house showcases innovative plastic building products that can improve energy efficiency in any size house–tiny or not-so-tiny.
Carnegie Science Center guests can explore the tiny house from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The house will be on display on Carnegie Science Center’s back lawn, providing Pittsburgh a chance to explore this new trend in minimalist living.
“This tiny house captures how plastic-based building materials can make a big impact on improving any home’s energy efficiency, sustainability, and durability,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council, which sponsors the Plastics Make it Possible initiative. “Visitors will see firsthand that the durable and efficient plastic building products in this tiny house have stood the test of time and travel during the house’s journeys from Boulder to Los Angeles toPittsburgh.”
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 andWhySprayFoam.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.
Pittsburgh-based plastics makers are supporting the tiny house exhibit through their sponsorship of the Plastics Make it Possible campaign, including Covestro, LANXESS Corporation, and NOVA Chemicals Corporation.
Although tiny, the house is also big on style thanks to interior design firm JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE based in Denver, CO.
For more information on plastic building materials and sustainability, visit plasticsmakeitpossible.com/tiny-house. For more information on exhibit operating hours at Carnegie Science Center, visit http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org. To view the Tiny House mini-documentary, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH1tfAOQZG4.