Activity Introduction

Mirvac-building-2-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students look at sustainable building design by focusing on four resources (water, energy, waste and materials), examining how they are used and then re-imagining the use of these resources in new ways. In the first lesson students look at their own understanding of sustainability and sustainable house design, they investigate green building practices and technologies and assess the claims for sustainability of these technologies and practices. In the second part of the activity students create a green building guide for the confused house buyer.

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 9 Science

  • People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
  • Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS172)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174).

Year 10 Science

  • People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194).
  • Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206).
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208).

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

Time required: 2 x 60 mins.

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

Resources required: Internet access, Sustainable buildings factsheet, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension. Activity may be extended as homework.

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

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Mirvac-building-6-heroTeacher 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”?

Preparation

Before coming to class, watch the following video and answer the related questions below:

Story of a Green Building (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDfXeNz-_Yo)

What is one example of green building technologies or practices featured in this video:

What did you find most interesting about the building in this video?

What are the benefits of a building like this to the natural environment?

What would you like to know more about?

1. What is sustainability?

Back in the classroom: 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.

Your teacher will guide you through what to do with your colours, symbols and images.

2. Investigating resources

Select one of the following sustainable building practices and technologies that you would like to investigate:

Water

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