Sustainable Housing: Years 6-7

Sustainable Housing: Years 6-7


Sustainable HousingSustainable Housing is a whole day program focusing on the links between resource use, conservation and environmental sustainability.

Students make and test predictions of energy consumption of a variety of household appliances using energy data loggers (PowerMates). This assists students to learn about their own energy consumption and financial and environmental benefits of behavioural change.

They will also undertake a self-guided tour of the EcoCentre in order to identify the environmental benefits of a range of sustainable design features (e.g. rammed earth walls, natural ventilation, solar energy generation and water conservation). A visit to the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at Nathan Campus to see Australia’s first zero-emission, 6 green star, self-powering teaching and research facility will allow students to compare the advancements in sustainable housing.

Students will then apply their new knowledge in small groups to construct a sustainable house. Groups consider various features and budget constraints in an effort to reduce their resource use and environmental impact. After constructing their house, students justify and discuss their decisions.

Sustainable Housing program has been assessed as medium risk. A Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment is available on request.

Curriculum Intent

Outside the Toohey Forest EcoCentre


  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)
  • Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)


  • Factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places (ACHASSK188)
  • The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHASSK190)


  • Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems (OI.3)
  • The sustainability of ecological , social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity an fairness across generations into the future (OI.6)
  • Designing action for sustainability requires an evaluation of past practices, the assessment of scientific and technological developments, and balanced judgments based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts (OI.8)
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