Teach Green Building Technology in Your Lessons with the LJ ECO House
Escalating energy and material costs, coupled with the targets for reducing CO2 emissions, make understanding the efficient use of energy in the home an increasingly important topic.
This field is fast emerging as an industry that requires a great deal of research and development as well as a new set of technical skills.
This learning resource is focused on our innovative ECO Building, a classroom resource that allows practical investigation of energy in the home.
It has been specifically designed to allow tutors and students to practically explore green energy technology on a micro-generation scale.
The building has a 6 panel solar PV array and a solar water heating panel mounted on the roof. A pump and water tank with temperature sensor complete the solar hot water system.
A powerful infrared lamp allows us to simulate sunlight in a classroom situation. A separate wind turbine is also provided and this is typically powered by a simple desk fan. A battery storage system collects any energy generated that is not instantly used and allows it to be used latter.
An intelligent building control system is used to select between energy provided by the grid or from the renewable sources. A range of sensors provide measurement of room temperatures, light levels and power and energy consumption.
A heater is provided in one room and a heatpump is provided in another. When used, these show students how heating a room and more significantly, cooling a room using electricity from the grid can be both a costly exercise for the householder and have a major impact on the carbon footprint of the building.
There are also conventional filament lamps and LED lamps in one room so the user can explore the energy saving properties of low energy lighting.
The amount of insulation in roof spaces can be practically investigated and the results of both poor and good insulation are graphically demonstrated.
The user can even investigate the efficient of different types of glazing on the large window on one side of the house.
We even provide the facility to investigate techniques such as passive heating and cooling, using a window shade panel fitted to the roof.
Using the interactive computer-based control interface supplied with the building, tutors can control all the function of the system and display the large scale readouts from the sensors.
The eContent allows the tutor to structure a lesson entirely from the activities available or simply select an activity to support their own lesson plan. Each activity includes assessment questions and the ability for the learner to record their observations and results data in an electronic workbook.
See http://www.LJCreate.com/Green for more information.
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