What do home fire sprinklers have in common with floor tiles made from recycled toilets, countertops crafted from glass bottles and sea shells, a low flow showerhead that plays music from your bluetooth device and solar panels on the roof? They were all featured this week at the grand opening of the VISION House® Tucson, the latest in Green Builder® Media's series of high performing, sustainable homes being built around the country.
While the fire safety benefits of sprinklers have long been recognized, the green aspects are now becoming more widely recognized. According to a groundbreaking study conducted by FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98% when automatic fire sprinklers are installed. The study also found that automatic fire sprinklers: reduce fire damage by up to 97%; reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90%; and reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment.
NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have been working with Green Builder Media to showcase home fire sprnklers as an integral part of sustainable homes. Our first project Green Builder Media’s VISION House® exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which opened on Earth Day 2012. VISION House Tucson will remain open for 90 days. If you visit either house, check out the home fire sprinklers!
Green Builder Media President Ron Jones talks about the project and the importance of home fire sprinklers.
- by NFPA's Lorraine Carli