Epcot Vision House Puts Focus On Green Home

No, it’s not a roller coaster that simulates the journey of a sun beam through a solar panel and into your electrical outlet (although that’d be pretty awesome, right?). Continuing its imagination of a world made better through technological innovation, Epcot recently opened a futuristic green home as part of its popular “Innoventions” exhibit.

As we reported in December, the Vision House is designed to demonstrate products already available to create a more sustainable living environment, but will eventually include green technologies never before tested in a residential setting.

Vision House

image via Vision House/Green Builder Media

The exhibit, co-sponsored by Green Builder Media, treats visitors to a guided tour of the home’s unique rooms, exploring all the major themes of green building, such as whole-home automation; energy generation and efficiency; water conservation; indoor environment quality; and high-performance materials and durability. Current technologies on display include solar panels, smog-eating bricks, LED lights, and an EV charging station (complete with Chevy Volt).

Future phases of the project could also introduce the public to some less ordinary clean technologies that will make solar panels and smog-eating bricks seem like yesterday’s news. A few ideas currently being discussed include kinetic floors, vertical wind turbines, a solar tree and solar carport.

And those who forgot to schedule their trip to the Walt Disney World Resort will be glad to know there’s a virtual tour and lots of other fun information about the Vision House available at www.visionhousegreen.com

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • Jeffhre

      OK W. Disney World, how about getting your own house in order and putting in some chargers for folks driving their EV’s to visit your parks and facilities?