Welcome to phase one of your passive energy house- building your knowledge of passive design and designing your house.
To build a passive energy house, you have to use the elements of passive energy design, to use them effectively and efficiently, you have to know what they are! Some of you have a few ideas about what these are, so lucky you if you have them in your group!
For this afternoon, we will be looking at this website:
You’ll need to read the website together in your team- use the sidebar menu to navigate through the different elements. There are 11 different elements. Before you can move any further onto designing your house (like selecting images of houses you like, having a go at drawing some rough plans, thinking of building materials, or building your house) your team will need to pass an ‘examination’ with the ‘local council’ (Mr Andrea, Mrs Boyd or Miss C). Any member of your team could be asked to explain their understanding of any of the 11 elements of passive design! So it’s really important that you all have a shared understanding of each of the elements.
Use this afternoon’s session to read through the website together, take some notes, summarise each paragraph. You will not be allowed to have the notes with you when you face the ‘local council’ panel. There is no time limit on how long you have to do this, however, if you are sent back to study harder, there will be a time limit placed on you before you can be re-examined. You don’t want to take too long either- too much time spent here, means less time building!
Communicate clearly with your group, accept responsibility, focus hard, manage your impulsivity, apply some past knowledge, persist and listen to others with empathy.
Good luck- ‘local council’ look forward to meeting with you soon!