Now that you and your partner have chosen a passive solar home design, you get a chance to build a model. Use this sheet to help you build your model.
Your model should include all of the same rooms as your home design:
Build your model to match the floor plan you designed. Cut openings for doors and windows. Label each room. Include the elements that are important to the passive solar nature of the house like the solar mass and windows. Think about how the house would sit on the building site that you selected earlier. Include the topography and other aspects of the geographic location in your model. Is there a driveway or walkway from the street? Is the front door facing that street? Etc.
Your home should be designed to take advantage of passive solar energy. You will need to present your model to the class, and explain how each of the following is used as part of the passive solar design:
Compare your model with those of the other groups. How did your group’s model of a passive solar home compare to the other models?
What worked well in your design? What worked well in the other groups’ designs?
What would you change if you had the time and ability to do so?