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Passive Solar Design for Homes

Lesson Description:
In this unit students will learn about using the right type of materials in a home that conserves energy and the importance of building orientation and window sizing. Students will engage in an activity to measure temperature changes in several thermal storage samples. By the end of the unit, students will appreciate the need to plan construction with proper materials. Students will learn that simple measures, such as landscaping and installing thermal storage, make a big difference in energy consumption.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program

Time Needed:
2 class periods
Materials Needed:
  • Reading Passage and Worksheet  

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