Energy-efficient house


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. Redesign the house to maximise the financial return of design features. Investigate initial costs and cost savings over a long period. This learning object is a combination of four learning objects in the same series.

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.
  • Students identify materials and design factors that will maximise cost efficiency of energy-saving measures for 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 costs and energy efficiency.
  • Students investigate the relative costs of insulation materials to achieve both cost and energy efficiency in the design of the house.
  • 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/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: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
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