Sustainability and Bio-mimicry in Building Design
On this day pupils will get hands on experience of sustainability in building design. They will have a tour of the grounds to look at the buildings we on site including our straw shower bale block, cobb oven, outdoor woodland classroom, yurts and tipis and eco-renovated hostel.
Pupils will explore what resources can be reused or recycled, the quality of materials used and gain an understanding of the appropriate use of resources- sustainable and not sustainable. They will also gain a better understanding of sustainability and the global issues of buildings and people.
Pupils will also have an excellent opportunity to learn how to make an earth bag arch, a shingle roof, and a cob oven! They will also design their very own eco-house using inspiration from the science of Biomimicry.
Science: Sustainability in building design; energy resources.
Design and Technology: Judge the quality of products; resources have been used appropriately; global environmental impact of products and assessment for sustainability; justify instances where it may be appropriate to use materials or practices that are not sustainable.
Art & Design: Work independently and collaboratively, taking different roles in teams, explore areas that are new to them, including ideas, techniques and processes. Engage with contemporary art, craft and design, working with creative individuals and in creative environments where possible. Make links between art and design and other subjects and areas of the curriculum. Geography: Sustainable development, resources,
Citizenship: Debating a global issue, the interaction of people and the environment.
Check out our website http://www.sustainability-centre.org/ with your class. Look at the Projects section to learn more about the buildings we have on site.
To find out more about Biomimicry Design see http://biomimicty.net/
Remember to bring cameras with you on the day.
Post-visit suggestions: Fill out the feedback forms that we will send you back at school to reflect on what was learnt during your visit. Join our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/SustainabilityCentre/246307236589
Students can continue working on their eco- house plans back at school and make them into 3 dimensional models.
Students can help to design and build an Earth Oven in the school grounds. We can come to your school to help with a project.
Students can research further in to eco –build designs such as Brighton’s Earthship. http://www.lowcarbon.co.uk/earthship-brighton