Sustainable housing

Young Aussies tackle sustainable living

The Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), in partnership with Orica, has developed a remote learning module that focuses on sustainable housing.

The module was designed for the STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) education program and teaches secondary school students to design a low-energy home.

ATSE Chief Executive, Kylie Walker, says the sustainable housing education kit is a great resource that engages and challenges students.

“By leading students through examining the thermal qualities of different materials and comparing their performance, and building energy-efficient model houses, we’re inspiring the next generation of sustainability leaders,” he says.

It is hoped that by designing a sustainable home, students learn about how heat can be transferred via convection, conduction and radiation, along with learning about the thermal properties of matter.

It is estimated that houses generate around 13 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Orica’s Chief Financial Officer, Christopher Davis, believes it is critical for Australian students to experience this hands-on learning.

“This resource will better equip tomorrow’s leaders to play an important role in shaping a more sustainable future for generations to come,” he says.

STELR is a national initiative of ATSE, and the program aims to address the problem of low participation rates in STEM subjects at the upper secondary school level.

For more information about the learning module, please click here.

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