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Modeling Passive Solar Homes

Modeling Passive Solar Homes Photo Credit: By Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (CC BY-ND 2.0) via flickr.

Introduction

Architects use models for various reasons. Models allow architects to see how a building will look on the building site. They allow for modifications to be made to the designs and they allow for more creativity in the design process. Use the resources on the Modeling Passive Solar Homes student esheet to help you explore architectural models and answer the questions on this sheet.


Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Foamcore House

What was the reason that Adam Savage stated for making models of his homes?

 

When, according to Adam, should you change your knife blade?

 

Why are templates for doors and windows used?

 

Adam included some features of the home, but not all features of the home. For example, he included his first workshop in the basement level of his home. Why do you suppose he would include that, but not things like the kitchen cabinets?




Architecture Models

What role do physical architectural models play in the design process? What was common among all of the architectural firms they asked?

 

How do models compare to virtual methods of representing designs?

 

What types of materials did the architects prefer for building their designs?




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