The highly-anticipated launch of the VISION House® exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® took place, appropriately enough, on Earth Day, April 22.
The innovative exhibit, a 4,500 square-foot show house located inside the theme park’s 100,000-square foot INNOVENTIONS building, was launched by Green Builder Media® to present green living ideas in a fun and informative manner. NFPA partnered with Green Builder Media to present information about the environmental impact of home fire sprinklers.
"NFPA, in conjunction with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, is thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the millions of visitors to Epcot each year about the green benefits of home fire sprinklers," says Lorraine Carli, NFPA's Vice President of Communication.
Here are photos and video from the VISION House launch event:
Sara Gutterman (left), CEO of Green Builder Media, prepares to take a tour group through the VISION House. "Our goal is to have all guests walk away with one or two ideas about how they can live a greener life," she said.
Guests learned about the major themes of green building, including energy generation and efficiency, water conservation, and indoor environment quality.
Ron Jones, President of Green Builder Media, said he was thrilled to be able to include home fire sprinklers as a green component of the VISION House. "If you have ever seen a building that has burned down, it’s a toxic waste site. You have all this release of material into the air, you have all of the water that’s wasted and washed down into the soil and into the watershed, and you have all of this material that’s lost and needs to be taken to the landfill. And it can haunt a particular piece of property, as well as the family and property owner, for decades. So it is really important for us to stress that fire sprinklers are an environmental story, and not just a health and safety story."
Tour guide "Sawyer" prepares to bring a group of guests through the front door of the fictional Monteverde family's home. The family's vision was to create a home that works in harmony with the environment.
Sawyer tells guests about the green technologies and products in the VISION Home kitchen.
Watch VISION House tour guide "Sawyer" talk about the environmental impact of home fire sprinklers:
In the studio located in the "backyard" of the VISION House, Sawyer explains the environmental impact of home fire sprinklers. "Automatic sprinklers can limit the spread of a fire, and they use much less water than a typical fire hose. That means less air pollution, and most importantly, less stuff that gets hauled off to the landfill," she said.
Watch this video tour of the VISION House, produced by INSIDE THE MAGIC: