Behind the Waves: Energy Efficiency Onboard Disney Cruise Line

Go Behind the Waves of Disney Cruise Line with Disney Channel star Jenna Ortega from the hit TV series Stuck in the Middle. In this final installment, Jenna discovers the many “bright” ideas Disney Cruise Line practices to conserve energy, from the design of our ships to the propulsion system that keeps the fleet on the move. To read more, visit the Disney Parks Blog:


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Michael and Michelle were very involved with the design of their Passive House. They wanted a house that was beautiful, but also very energy efficient. Their beautiful bungalow uses less energy than it makes (net positive). “We can heat and cool the house with less than you’d use for running a hairdryer!”, says Michael. Using Passive House principles they were able to build a house that was efficient with space, efficient with energy, and would allow them to pass a positive sustainability message onto the next generation. See a tour of their beautifully quiet and comfortable Passive House!

Standing Seam Metal Roofing – Custom Bilt Metals
Barnlight Electric gooseneck LED fixtures on interior
Real Carriage Door sliding hardware
Intus windows & doors (unfortunately no longer selling to the residential market)
Ylighting (online store I ordered most of the lighting from)
Kitchen cabinets from KnocKnock
Seiho vent grills
D’mand hot water re-circ
Zehnder HRV
Stiebel Eltron heat pump hot water heater
H2O water filtration.
Rockwool mineral wool exterior rigid insulation
Henry Blu-skin air barrier
Intus windows
Sunpower PV array
Siemens EV charger
Gray water plumbing
Cool roof by Custom Bilt Metal roofing.
Exterior Solar-powered blinds by European Rolling Shutters

00:00 Meet the homeowners Michael Michelle
00:33 The design concept
00:55 The design process
01:12 Electric appliances and car powered by solar
01:53 Designing the house as a system
02:21 Efficient use of space
02:52 Building according to your ethics
03:18 Living in a comfortable Passive House inspired home
04:04 Building for the world you want

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