Activity Introduction

Mirvac-building-1-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. In the first part of the activity students look at their own understanding of sustainability and apply this to sustainable house design, and they investigate four resources (energy, water, waste and materials) integral to sustainable building design and construction in depth. In the second part of the activity students imagine that they are alien engineers looking to colonise Earth and wanting to explore news ways of re-imagining the resources required to establish sustainable housing on Earth.

Activity developed in partnership with Nudge_bymirvac

This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme “Re-imagining Resources”.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand principles of sustainability and sustainable house design.
  • Students recognise how we use resources in our houses.
  • Students understand that there are more ways to use resources than we currently do.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 7 Science

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116).
  • Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (ACSSU222).
  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120).

Year 8 Science

  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135).
  • People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations (ACSHE227).

Topic: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.

Time required: 2 x 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity, facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Internet access, four pieces of A4 paper for each student (optional), Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, Definitions of sustainability, Sustainability factsheet – secondary, Sustainable buildings factsheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Mirvac, resources, water, energy, waste, materials, sustainability, sustainable design, green buildings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

CogenerationTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will understand principles of sustainability and sustainable house design. They will recognise how we use resources in our houses and understand that there are more ways to use resources than we currently do.

Teacher content information: Buildings in Australia account for about 20% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. Waste associated with buildings (including demolition) accounts for about 40% of our materials going to landfill. Then there’s the water used daily in buildings and the materials required to build our buildings. It can all add up to a pretty massive impact on our environment.

However, there is an increasing emphasis on sustainable building design and construction. These green buildings are both environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout their life-cycles, from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition.

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What other resources could be “re-imagined”?

1. What is sustainability?

Pick one colour, one symbol and one image that describe sustainability to you. You can draw these in your workbook or find them on Google Images and save them to your desktop.

2. Investigating resources

Undertake research to find out the following about your resource.

What resource are you investigating?

Where does this resource come from?

Is this a renewable or non-renewable resource?

How is this resource used in housing design?

What is one interesting example of how this resource is being used sustainably in housing design?

Create a Prezi to share your information with your classmates.

Questions about resources

As groups present their information about the resources, work independently to answer the questions about the four different resources.

Water

How can we use water sustainably?

What strategies for sustainable water management can be incorporated into housing design?

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