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Eco-friendly buildings

ECO-SMART

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ECOSMART CONCEPTUAL MAP

  • Understanding the impact of non-ecological buildings. Learning about new techniques about green housing.

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ECOSMART CONCEPTUAL MAP

  • Climate change, water conservation, waste management.
  • Learners will be able to list strategies
  • (at least 6) to reduce their own, peers’ and/or school’s carbon footprints.
  • Learners will be able to calculate and evaluate their carbon footprints.
  • Learners will be able to appraise the sources and assumptions behind the footprint calculations.
  • Learners will be able to collaborate with peers to share and establish action plans regarding carbon offset to reduce carbon footprints in their daily life.


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Students can work with their families to inspect their homes and find ideas for possible (and plausible) green improvements that will also be money-savers.

Crossover: climate change module-school inspection.

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  • Maquette building materials: new and old (recyclable and clean garbage from the students’ homes).
  • Ask students to keep the recyclable packaging of the waste of their home, such as cartons, papers, bottles etc. All materials must be clean and checked by the teacher.
  • After the class gets all their garbage, make a list with the remaining materials that are needed. Either the school will provide them or the cost will be split among the students. Choose easy materials to work with (carton, glue etc). No need for expensive or special materials.

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Class preparation: the teacher will talk about the basics of maquette building, in order to help students to organize themselves better.

Cummings E., How to Model Eco-Friendly Houses for a School Project, Classroom. Available at

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Stefani K. (2021), member of the Eco Smart consortium

https://classroom.synonym.com/model-ecofriendly-houses-school-project-7862794.html

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Discussion: what produces carbon emissions in a building?

Ask the students to describe the buildings they’re currently living in.

What seems eco-friendly in their house? What could be improved?

Ask students to describe an imaginary eco- friendly house in its entirety.

What would a completely eco-friendly house look like in 50 years from now?

Help students design the imaginary house. Don’t overcomplicate it: stick to the basics (effective heating and cooling, good insulation, solar panels etc).

Students create the basic frame of the maquette together.


Then split them into groups that will create the eco- friendly features. Depending on what they discovered in their research, these may include solar panels, a wind turbine, a green roof, thermal pane windows, a rain barrel or other attributes. Aluminum foil works well as solar panels, fake turf or painted cotton can be used for greenery and popsicle sticks are helpful for wind turbines, trim work etc.

Each group must design their basic idea on paper and then build it.


For the last step, the groups will combine their parts to create the green house.