Educators: Subject areas include high school science, design/architecture, and social studies.
BUILDING DESIGN PROJECT
1. Read the background essay and discussion questions for the episodes The Druk White Lotus School - Ladakh, Greening the Federal Government and Architecture 2030. Watch the episodes and discuss the post-viewing questions.
2. Using innovative sustainable design strategies, redesign or create a brand new design for an office building, apartment building, house, library or federal building in any location you choose. In addition to screening the reference episodes, visit the following Web sites for ideas, inspiration and specific technology and materials used in sustainable design:
U.S. Green Building Council
The Druk White Lotus School
3. Launch a design competition among your peers who may be designing the same (or a different) building. The building that best exemplifies creative strategies that incorporate green sustainable design wins. Points to keep in mind when evaluating a building:
. What materials are presented in the design? Do they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
. What types of energy does your building use? At what rate of consumption?
. Does the building develop on-site renewable energy?
. Is the design inviting and comfortable for guests? How? Be as specific as possible.
. Does the building honor the culture of the community? In what ways?
. Does the design meet the 2030 Challenge? Refer to the episode and background essay for more specific information.
4. Share your work and design competition with your peers and community through a public display. Post an announcement of the event in your school and local newspaper!
5. Optional/Extra Credit: Write a letter to Ed Mazria, architect and founder of Architecture 2030, a non-profit organization whose mission is to galvanize commitment to a carbon-neutral building sector by the year 2030. Invite him to speak at your school. Tell him why you think the 2030 Challenge is important or not important to your community specifically. Present him with your design!
NATIONAL STANDARDS FROM MCREL STANDARD
Standard 9.4: Understands the steps involved in designing construction projects (e.g., planning, generating layouts, developing drawings with measurements and details of construction considering constraints, selecting materials).
Standard 14.4: Understands how societal interests, economics, ergonomics, and environmental considerations influence a solution.
Standard 17.6: Understands tradeoffs among characteristics such as safety, function, cost, ease of operation, quality of post-purchase support, and environmental impact when selecting systems for specific purposes.
Standard 3.3: Knows that alternatives, risks, costs, and benefits must be considered when deciding on proposals to introduce new technologies or to curtail existing ones (e.g., Are there alternative ways to achieve the same ends? Who benefits and who suffers? What are the financial and social costs and who bears them? How serious are the risks and who is in jeopardy? What resources will be needed and where will they come from?)
Standard 4.4: Evaluates a designed solution and its consequences based on the needs or criteria the solution was designed to meet.
Standard 4.6: Knows that a design involves different design factors (e.g., ergonomics, maintenance and repair, environmental concerns) and design principles (e.g., flexibility, proportion, function).
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