Lake Ginninderra College
Year 11/12 - General Science
Designing a Sustainable Energy Efficient Home in Canberra
The aim of this exercise is to increase your knowledge of the efficient use of energy in a family home, and to use these principles to design a sustainable energy efficient house in the Canberra Region and share your research in an oral presentation.
The assignment is in two parts,
Part A: This consists of a poster sized design plan of your energy efficient home and a list of inclusions.
Part B: Consists of a 5 -7 minute engaging oral presentation of your findings to your peers.
Due Date: Weeks 16 and 17 of term 2 - Poster is due on the day of the seminar.
What Does a Sustainable House Look Like:
The following three pictures show how diverse such houses can be.
Click on the following graphic to watch a video as the local Canberra architect Ric Butt shows a reporter around these houses. Listen very carefully to what Ric says about some of the principles of sustainable design that he applies to the houses that he designs. To visit Rick's website StrineDesign click here
A Checklist for Sustainable Housing:
The following link will take you to a site that lists some of the the things that you should focus upon to create an energy efficient sustainable house.
You will need to work through the website carefully as it does contain a considerable amount of information. This will form a very good basis for your poster and report.
What does the plan for such a house look like:
Click on the following diagram to view some detailed plans of houses that were built Majura Rise Estate, North Watson. in 2007.
Once you reach this site, which is part of ACTEWAGL, click on the link explore the homes on line link.
Further information on the design processes associated with energy efficient housing can be found at the following site. Click on the graphic to visit this site.
This site specifically relates to South Australia, however, the principles apply equally to Canberra, remembering of course that our winters tend to be colder.
There is a very useful brochure available for download which contains further information and some very relevant diagrams, See below for an example.
The architect shown in the ABC Video has his own web site called Strine Design. This site contains information concerning the design principles shown in the videos as well as further photographs that you could incorporate, with appropriate acknowledgement into your report and presentation.
Sustainable House Day:
This day was organised in 2008 and will be again in 2009. They have created a very useful web site showing pictures and a considerable amount of information about the houses.
Click on the following link to visit the Sustainable House Day site. Here you will find links to a number of sustainable houses in Canberra that were opened for inspection last year. Each house has lots of details about its construction.
Click on the following graphic and you can view examples of sustainable housing across Australia and NZ.
This will allow you to compare different approaches in various regions of Australia. For example the tropical north compared to the colder south.
The following site is worth a visit to see some discussion of the North Watson Sustainable Housing development.
SUSTAINABLE HOUSING - A case study of Australia's first Green Home
This is a detailed look at some of the features of this house. Although the article is probably too detailed there are parts of it which give you excellent information about What is a green home. Click on the graphic below to visit the site.
Your Home Technical Manual
This is an excellent site that covers just about everything that you need to know about designing a sustainable house. Click on the following graphic to visit the site.
Just about everything you ever wanted to know about sustainable house design is outlined on this site. There are case studies from around Australia and an interesting example from near Canberra. See the picture below.
Creating Your Plan:
Of course you can create the plan by hand. However, you can also do this on the computer using the free program called Google SketchUp. This is a 3D modelling program that is free to download and use. This program will even allow you to create fly throughs of models that you design. Needless to say that the program does require a considerable amount of learning on your part if it is to be used successfully. The following graphic shows you some of the things that you can do with Google SketchUp. Click on the graphic to visit the site.