Tiny House Embraces Energy Efficient Building Materials

Plastic building materials make the “tiny” house energy efficient

Consumer Affairs, November 30, 2015. Image credit: Rachel

Recently, Zack Giffin, co-host of FYI Network’s “Tiny House Nation,” teamed up with manufacturers to build an energy efficient tiny house using new plastic building products that are designed to maximize a home’s overall energy efficiency.

By some estimates U.S. residences use more than 40% of the nation’s energy. That’s due in part to older, less efficient building materials. The plastic tiny house uses new plastic building products that promote efficiency in any size building.

The prototype is set up at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where guests can explore it to learn how these new building products, used both inside and out, can reduce energy use, improve durability, and make it easier to maintain.

The building products used to construct the prototype include airtight polyurethane foam insulation, a UV-resistant polycarbonate skylight, and plastic solar shingles that both protect the roof and generate energy.

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