Passive Solar Design: Zero-Energy Housing
Jun 08 2011
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Source: TeachEngineering Digital Library
Summary Information


building, constraint, design, efficiency, efficient, energy, fan, heating, passive, housing, insulation, renewable energy, passive solar design
Earth Science
Physical Science

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 8 (Ages 13-14)

Estimated Time Required:

3-5 hours

Diversity Indicators:

This activity engages different types of learners. It may be difficult for students with limited fine motor skills to manipulate the tools necessary to build the project.

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Average: 4.7 (6 votes)


pbell's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

A fabulous idea - cross

A fabulous idea - cross curricular (science, geography, design technology, ICT, numeracy, literacy - the lot!). I have a younger class (age 7-8) but shall enjoy using simple data logging (or snap shots) with their models - perfect for a mini project or 'off curriculum week'. Shall have to build it into the long term plan. Thank you for this idea - very interesting.
coffeeholicat's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

This is an awesome lesson

This is an awesome lesson plan to introduce passive solar design. I found that it's a great lesson to even go into "passive cooling" devices (solar refrigerators). A lot of countries in Africa are suffering from vaccine deficit due to lack of refrigeration. If there is a way to create passive cooling refrigerators, a lot of countries would benefit from that. It would be cool to do a follow-up lesson...
KyleHerman's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Neat idea, sounds like it

Neat idea, sounds like it would take a lot of class time but if you can incorporate a lot of standards it would be a good lab activity.
rsinghal50's picture

May 12, 2012 - 12:11pm

Great lesson!

i have been looking for the information in the teacher resource part of this lesson for the last two years! Thank you. A wonderful way to bring green design and real world issues into a classroom.
reginaparker's picture

October 12, 2013 - 4:01am

A well done project. It

A well done project. It serves perfect to a house.