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Sustainable school buildings: smart thinking!

Discover the sustainable design features that have been incorporated into a school's science building. View this clip called 'Living science centre', created by young reporters from Circular Head Christian School, Tasmania. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' project, which featured ...

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Homely greenhouse horror story

An Australian family finds out why their energy bills are soaring. Join the McSweeney-Glenright family as the Carbon Cops audit their energy use around the house, putting their water use, transportation options and household heating under the microscope.

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Changing bad energy habits

Australian's carbon emissions per person are among the highest in the world. Watch the McSweeney-Glenright family as they make changes to reduce the amount of energy they use and the greenhouse gas emissions they generate. What do they do, and what are the benefits?

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Energy-efficient house: information

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. This learning object is one in a series of four learning objects. The series is also packaged as a combined ...

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Energy-efficient house: explore design

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. Examine how the house design can be changed to suit a local climate. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Energy-efficient house: build for performance

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 ...

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Energy-efficient house: build for value

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 to maximise the financial return of design features. Investigate initial costs and cost savings ...

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Reduce, reuse, recycle

This is a collection of 20 digital curriculum resources about environmental sustainability. The collection is organised into three sections - household actions; industry actions; and community actions. The resources explore strategies that reduce consumption of resources and energy. The primary focus is on the reduction ...

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Earth and space: student guide

This is a student guide about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that contains information and hands-on inquiry activities. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space science and Physical sciences physics content descriptions in year 7 of the science curriculum. The resource ...

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Earth and space: student digital activities

This is a set of student digital activities about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that contains a rich array of interactive activities, film clips and notebook questions to assist learning. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences physics ...

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Earth and space: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that provides an overview of lessons including worksheets and assessment. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences physics content descriptions in year 7 of the science curriculum. ...

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Study English: sentences and conjunctions

Improve your writing with a variety of compound and complex sentences. Discover some simple ways to connect ideas with conjunctions (words that join). In this clip, presenter Margot Politis unpacks a video report on a new, environmentally friendly solar house. You'll clear any confusion about conjunctions, clauses and commas.

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Shining the light on a more sustainable globe

Artificial lighting methods have changed with the invention of new lighting technologies designed to be more energy efficient and to reduce the use of resources. Since electricity has been used as an energy source, incandescent and fluorescent globes and, more recently, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used in our ...

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REV up electric cars

Imagine driving from Perth to Melbourne in an electric car! But what if there are no charging stations available or the batteries run down while you're driving? The REV project (2013) explored plug-in electric cars and how viable they are for future transport. Find out some of their pros and cons.

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It's not a square house

In this interview people talk about how they worked together as part of a community to build their unconventional houses. They describe the influence of Buckminster Fuller, and how they shared ideas and experimented with local building materials. See how they achieved their aim to be self-sufficient and sustainable.

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Not your usual kind of home

Imagine living in a dome-shaped house! Watch an interview with some people who left city life behind and built a community in the forest, using local materials and creating less-common structures such as dome houses. Find out how the community worked together to build these environmentally friendly homes, and wander through ...

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Zero emission cities of the future

Can you imagine future cities designed to be self-sufficient and to incorporate innovative ways to use new materials and energy systems? Watch this animation to find out how the creation of zero emission cities involves some serious questions about possible social, economic, and political implications. Discover the role ...

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Visions of energy-efficient house design

Discover how housing design is changing and what it may be like in the future. Energy efficiency has become increasingly important in sustainable housing design. Innovative solutions to reduce the use of resources are the way of the future. Can you imagine living in a parasite house?

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Banknotes help save money on solar

Solar cells can now be made with the same polymer technology used in Australian banknotes. Existing technology using silicon solar cells is expensive and difficult. Find out about printable solar cells made from polymer or titanium dioxide, and discover the advantages of this new technology.

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Ecospace

A resource for Stage 3 students called Ecospace which takes students on a journey through the design process, requiring them to explore a real space in their immediate learning environment and to show a real school audience how improvements could be made.