Students will tour two LEED platinum certified houses which demonstrate a host of sustainable technologies that are available now and in the future.
Curriculum Connections: Science and Technology
Matter and Energy – Grade 5: Properties of and Changes in Matter, Grade 6: Electricity and Electrical Devices
Physics – Grade 9: (Acad.) Characteristics of Electricity / (Appli.) Electrical Applications
Earth and Space – Grade 5: Conservation of Energy and Resources, Grade 7: Heat in the Environment, Grade 8: Water Systems
The Archetype Sustainable houses are model homes which puts green theory into practice. The houses, which are both LEED platinum status, demonstrate many green technologies, for example solar and wind produced electricity, solar domestic hot water, geothermal heating and cooling and rainwater harvesting. The European styling and decor and the green roof are an integral part of the energy-efficient lifestyle envisaged for residents in such a home. Students will follow a guided tour of the inside and outside of the houses and take part in related activities. Topics covered will include concepts of sustainability, energy efficency, resource use, water conservation/zero runoff, indoor air quality, construction methods and careers in the green industry. Groups take part in interactive activities where sustainability is demonstrated and discussed on a global scale.
Programs always have an outdoor component. Groups should dress for the conditions on the day of their visit. Before your visit, please discuss the importance of dressing appropriately for outdoor activities. On days of inclement weather the program will be modified to include some indoor activities along with the outdoor components.
Half Day, All Year