Plastics Make a Tiny House More Energy Efficient

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Plastics Make a Tiny House More Energy Efficient

During these unpredictable winter months, consumers can run some of their highest energy bills.

A Tiny House –  designed and built by Zack Giffin, co-host of Tiny House Nation – used innovative plastic materials and multi-purpose décor to offer a cost-effective and energy-efficient approach to modern living. Despite bitter cold conditions in the northeast and dry heat in the southwest, homeowners can learn how to scale for sustainability using this Tiny House for inspiration.

Building products used in the 170-square-foot home include:

  • Polyurethane spray foam insulation courtesy of Dow Building Solutions, the Center for the Polyurethane Industries and
  • 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.
  • Jeld-Wen Architectural Fiberglass door courtesy of Covestro and Innovation Exhibits, Ohio.
  • 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.
  • Although tiny, the house is also big on style thanks to interior design firm JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE based in Denver, CO.

Topics: Building Green, Cost of Ownership, Energy Audits, Going Green, Home Design & Plans, Insulation, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Thermal Envelope

Gary Wollenhaupt
Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky. wwwView Gary Wollenhaupt's profile on LinkedIn

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