​From Saint Michaels College....

The Eco Architects Building and Designing Houses FOR the enviroment...

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  • A half-underwater water tank is situated next to a vege garden in the backyard.
  • Underground rooms will be installed. The rooms will be the bedrooms so that they stay cool in summer and vice-versa.
  • Solar panels are attached to our pyramid based roof.
  • Our house will be facing north so that the sun will go directly to the solar panels.
  • The vege garden is made so that they do not have to spend money in grocery stores.
  • We have a heater room so that we dont use a airconditioner. If we do not use a air-con, we won't waste any energy.
  • We have a solar hot-water panel on our roof instead of using gas. We don't want to use gas because it creates carbon emmisions.


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This is a picture of a Eco-house from our Aldinga Excursion
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GROUP MEMBERS:
  • Dylan
  • Chris G
  • David
  • George






Environment
Ecology. the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time.





Links
An incredibot. The worlds fastest wind turbine-wind farm

Click Here to go to the World's Greenest Homes official Website. A competition is going on to win a solar back-pack.

This here is a link to a quiz on green energy from Worlds Greenest Homes.
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Click the picture to go to Incredibots 2!


This is a link to an incredibot. It is a solar powered tv.

Here is a link to my ( Christopher G's) Incredibots **Sustainable House**. Have fun!

Dylan's
**Sustainable House**. Click here to enter a world of energy saving...

Davids sustainable house.It is very sustainable!

George's eco house He was last, but defiently not least!

This is Christophers latest incredibot. It is a solar powered FERRIS WHEEL! Note: the red circles are solar heat!!!!!



Posts
Christopher has completed his Incredibots Sustainable House. Have a look at it from our Link section above.

More will be coming soon by Dylan, George and David.

Wait no more! Dylan has completed his Incredibots House. Like Christopher's House, the link is in the Links section.

Now were just waiting for David and George. They are sure to be a ECO hit!

Chris is working on a SECRET incredibots. Clue= Energy Saving / Sustainable/ BUILDING/D.I.Y
Chris has finished it and it will be on here in the next three days.


More information will be posted onto The Eco Architechts Wikispace about how water irrigation works, dual flushing, water saving shower heads and much, much more. Stay tuned or you shall miss out!


WAIT NO MORE! Now with just Daivd and George to go to finish their Incredibots Houses.

Our Eco House model is nearly ready for action. Now with just the walls and the heater room to go, we should be finished in no time. We will publish our report on this wiki as soon as possible! Stay in touch to read all about our project and read our detailed report.


Our report is now done and you can read it futher down the page. But please dont copy!


Once we complete our oral presentation, we will post our marks here!
Marks: . /20

Please put a comment or suggestion in our Discussion Tab. Thanks, The Eco Architechts




Green Home Tips:
Dark slate floors are the perfect choice for eco-homes. The dark floors keep in heat. That way, at night, you can walk around your house without getting cold feet.

It is ideal for your house to face north. If your solar panels are facing north, they would get most of the sun and you would get more power to power your house.

Not using a airconditioner is ideal. Air cons create carbon emmisions and could choke up our enviroment. So, to fix this problem, a heater room would be best. A heater room with the right insulation can become very hot or very cold. Windows from the heater room connect to the house and heat the house with naturaul forces.

Using solar panels is one of the most important thing to do. Using the power from the sun, you will never have to pay for gas and electricity bills. Infact, you GET money buy selling excess power back to the power grid! Perfect! Eco friendly and a pretty good money maker. Even though solar panels may be expensive at first, as I said before, you get your money back after a while. By Christopher Galimitakis







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Panels used to generate electricity
Solar cells are common examples in this category of electricity generation. They are also known as photovoltaic cells. A combination of individual PV cells forms the Photovoltaic module. A collection of photovoltaic modules, which are tied together with a wire and are so designed to install it in a field readily, is known as photovoltaic panels or simply solar panels. The installation includes the photovoltaic modules, an inverter, a battery all linked to each other with a wire. Depending upon the no of cells and their arrangement there are three types of modules in this viz., crystalline silicon modules, rigid thin-film modules and Flexible thin-film modules. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-do-solar-panels-work.html





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This is a graph of then increase of Carbon Emissions from 1800 - 2000.
This is a graph of then increase of Carbon Emissions from 1800 - 2000.
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How Wind Turbines Work

Wind is a form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth's surface, and rotation of the earth. Wind flow patterns are modified by the earth's terrain, bodies of water, and vegetation. Humans use this wind flow, or motion energy, for many purposes: sailing, flying a kite, and even generating electricity.
The terms wind energy or wind power describe the process by which the wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity.
So how do wind turbines make electricity? Simply
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Turbine Technical Drawing Enlarged
stated, a wind turbine works the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity. Take a look
**inside a wind turbine** to see the various parts. View the **wind turbine animation** to see how a wind turbine works.
This aerial view of a wind power plant shows how a group of wind turbines can make electricity for the utility grid. The electricity is sent through transmission and distribution lines to homes, businesses, schools, and so on
. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/wind_how.html










REPORT



Method
Firstly, we cut out three pieces of white cardboard to create the walls of the house. We then cut holes in the front of the house as windows and we made a small door.

Secondly, we put the same size and shape of brown cardboard over the white cardboard to look like rammed earth bricks/ mud bricks.

Thirdly, we cut a hole in the box at the back of the house, the same size as a tin. The tin represented a water tank. We slotted the tin into the hole halfway to make it look underground.

Fourthly, we painted a large toilet paper roll brown and stuffed it with green paper to act as a tree. We cut a hole, the same size as the bottom of the ‘tree’. We then, like the tin, slotted the roll into the hole.

Fourthly, we stuck rocks onto the front of the house to give it a more realistic affected. We put double-sided tape down on the box and sprinkled rocks on top.

Fifthly, we cut a piece of tin foil, the size of the floor, and stapled it onto the cardboard box. To keep the tin foil as wrinkle-free as possible, we smoothed it out with a ruler. This gave the floor a texture as smooth as a baby’s bum!

Sixthly, we made the walls by cutting them down to a small height. This gave the house a cut-away effect and had the same look as a Sims house. We stuck the walls on the floor to keep them stable.

Seventhly, we stuck a plastic container with glue to the ‘grass’ in the backyard. The plastic container had cut-out flaps, leading to the house. We used a knife to cut the flaps carefully through the walls.

Eighthly, we collected remarkably detailed pieces of furniture from a dollhouse, We blue-tacked the pieces of furniture into their places to keep them sturdy and safe.

Ninthly, we made the fake solar panels. First, to make the fake solar panels, we wrapped pieces of tin foil around small pieces of cardboard. We situated these fake solar panels around a real solar panel which was connected to a light globe by a soldering iron. We cut a hole in a piece of cardboard(roof) for the solar panel to slot in. We also cut a second hole for a skylight.

Tenthly, we put the flat roof on top of the house.




Features
Firstly, we have a water tank (tin can) to save water. The water tank is situated in the backyard, half underground and half on top of ground. Pipes (straws) are connected from the water tank to the vegetable garden (cardboard) to water the tomatoes ( cherry tomatoes) and there is also a pipe coming from the house to the water tank. Once the water is into the tank, the dirt goes to the bottom and there is fresh water to drink and wash in.

Secondly, we have a compost bin (cardboard in our backyard]. The compost (dirt and bark) from the compost bin is made from worm poo. It is said that worm poo is the richest manure and great for vegetables. This saves money and the environment. Fruit scraps are also used as RECYCLING so that we can be even more green! The scraps break down and turn into great compost.

Thirdly, we have an underground bedroom (brown cardboard). The underground bedroom is situated underground so that the earth heats up the room in winter and cools the room in summer. This saves a lot of money from electricity bills. Plus, if the earth did not work up to 100%, solar power would help heat the room as well as a heater room.

Fourthly, while we are talking about solar heating, we have a solar heating panel ( 1 real solar panel and some other fake) to make our water warm when we need it to be. Not only does it have to heat up our water, it can be used for computers, TVs, and every other electrical appliance.

Fifthly, while we are still talking about heat, we have our heater room (a plastic container) has widows going into the house to supply our house with heat. The heater room saves us from having to use an air conditioner, which saves energy, which saves carbon emissions, which saves the environment!

Sixthly, we have a sunlight hatch on our roof and many windows. Because we also slate (tin foil) tiles, we need sun for them to be heated up. This way, during the day, the sun heats up the slate, and at night, you can walk around the house bare foot without being cold.

Seventhly, we have rammed earth bricks (brown cardboard). This keeps the whole house cool in summer. This is an energy saving device which is made from earth. GENIUS! This is also part of the underground room.

Eighthly, we have a vegetable garden (white cardboard) in the back of our house. This means we grow our own fresh produce. This saves us energy because, normally, we would have to drive to a shop which would create carbon emissions. That would pollute our environment.

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Blackle
Blackle was created by Google to save energy. By using this website, you can savemore than 1,000 watts per hour! **www.blackle.com** Who would of thought that a WEBSITE would help save the enviroment? GENIUS!





IMAGE GALLERY



The Eco Architects Are Working On An IMAGE GALLERY. Watch this section for some breath taking and AMAZING images and photographs...
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This is a computer image of a Futeristic Eco- Home
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Sustainable Home

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Architects Design of A futre Sustainable House
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This is a very detailed plan for a Eco- Village- Sorry about the size of the writting