Electricity—from direct connection to wireless—surrounds our lives at home and at work. As today’s structures race to keep up with our technology-crazed, wired world, convenient electrical products are more important than ever.
Although the significant role plastic plays in our high-tech world is often taken for granted, there is little debate that plastic electrical products are particularly well-suited to meet the concurrent electrical and fire safety requirements that contribute to safety in home design. Since World War II, we have depended on plastic as an insulator and as a means to help enjoy modern conveniences through electricity. With few exceptions, the electrical and communications wires behind walls, under floors, underground and on the roof, are often insulated with plastic. These wires and encasements are often made with vinyl, a naturally-fire retardant plastic. The durability of plastic electrical components helps products last a long time.
Watch Video on Plastics and Home Energy Efficiency
Jack Armstrong, of BASF’s Global Building Materials, shows how energy efficiency can be enhanced by smart uses of the many varieties of plastic insulations, electric switches, and much more. Originally given at a press Conference on the Mall in Washington, DC for the Solar Decathlon, the subject matter goes to the heart of Near Zero Energy Homes.