After learning about features of energy-efficient buildings in "What are green buildings?", students apply their knowledge and design an energy-efficient home. They think about the people who will live there, brainstorm ideas and gather feedback. They sketch a design, build a model or create a digital graphic to represent final design ideas to showcase.
Complete “What are green buildings?” before this activity to provide students with background knowledge and information or allow time for students to do their own research about what makes an energy-efficient home.
See the “Green buildings" glossary for background information on energy-efficient buildings.
The Canada Green Building Council, a non-profit organization that promotes green buildings and sustainable community development, puts out two BC Focus supplements each year. The articles have relevant information about green buildings and energy efficiency.
If students wish to create their final design for the showcase using a digital tool, 3D software such as SketchUp or Blender may be helpful.
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