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Learning objects Energy-efficient house: build for performance

TLF ID L1150

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. Build a house with maximum energy efficiency by adjusting key design variables. Change the house design to suit the local climate. This learning object is one in a series of four learning objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore how a range of materials and design factors affect the energy efficiency of a building.
  • Students explore how climate influences the energy efficiency of a building.
  • Students identify materials and design factors that will maximise energy efficiency of a building in a given climate.
Educational value
  • Introduces the concept of heat flow and energy efficiency in house design to suit a range of climatic conditions.
  • Introduces the six star rating system for energy efficiency.
  • Students apply understandings of the properties and relative costs of insulation materials in the design of a house to suit given climates.
  • Students change the design parameters of a house in order to achieve the most energy efficient design.
  • Students interpret data relating to energy efficiency.
  • Features a range of insulation materials, building design elements and climates.
  • Data is displayed in column graphs.
Year level

6; 7

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Environmental influences
    • Science/Energy consumption
    • Science/Heat
    • Science/Energy use
    • Science/Climate
    • Science/Design
    • Science/Temperature
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Sydney NSW Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Colin Web
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 09 Oct 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.