Self-Sustainable House

The house of the future!!

what is this?

This is my design of a house that could be built in the future and it will be able to sustain itself. In the following website/flyer you will find out everything you need to know about this revolutionary new design that could save you THOUSANDS and better yet the PLANET!!

location and Enviroment

This house is designed to most preferably be constructed in the "temperate deciduous forest" because the predictable and reliable climate and elements allow the houses systems that rely on the elements such as solar energy,water,and fertile soil to operate most of the year.

The front yard has butterfly bushes, wild flowers, grass, and it is watered by rainwater that is collected during rainfall. the backyard has a bird bath, a bird feeder, a fish pond, and plenty of large mature trees. The backyard will also contain a large food garden.

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Food

Because the climate is so favorable in Ontario ( inside the temperate deciduous forest) i will be able to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, such as the following........

*corn

*green beans

*carrots

*lettuce

*broccoli

*tomatoes

*onions

*apples

*strawberries

*and watermelon.

The garden will be watered using a gravity fed irrigation system that uses only collected rainwater.

I will only use diluted mixture of organic soap and water to keep pests away from my food while protecting my crops and the environment.

I will be burring my food waste in the soil to nourish it and keep the crops healthy.

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Transportation

I will be driving an electric powered car that emits ZERO greenhouse gass emissions.

The vehicle will be powered using electricity generated by the solar panels on the roof of the house.

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Waste Mannagement

For organic waste, i will be burring it in my gardens so that when it breaks down the soil will gain nutrients.

For hard plastics, tins, card boards, and paper i will try to re-purpose it as best as i could and any other left over materials will be recycled properly through the city services.

For garbage ( soft plastics, Styrofoams, non-recyclable materials,ect.) i will try to use minimal amounts of these materials, therefore resulting in less waste. The waste will also be disposed of through city services.

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local support

I will be supporting the elephants at my local zoo because they are quite amazing animals who are really close to being extinct. it is estimated that by 2040 elephants will be extinct at this rate. i will be volunteering and my kids will be too, i will also donate money to the WWF.
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Toxic everyday chemicals

I have chosen 3 chemicals that are toxic to both humans and animals in my house.

#1: bleach, bleach is just one of the chemicals that are found in my house that is toxic to humans and animals. it is used to clean and disinfect surfaces around my house( im a bit of a clean freak). The fumes alone can be toxic and dangerous to us.


#2: vinegar, vinegar is a common household chemical which can be dangerous to humans in large quantities and to animals in any quantity.


#3: acetone, acetone is a solvent which is used as nail polish remover. its fumes are extremely dangerous and it is DEADLY toxic when ingested.

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Bleach

The elements that make up bleach are........

*chlorine

*sodium

*calcium

*hypochlorite

bleach is classified as an oxidizing agent. bleach is a non-metal.

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Electrical Source

my house will be powered by solar panels, the solar panels will cover the entire roof of my house. solar energy is an extremely reliable source, as long as we have sun we will have energy and the sun is available pretty much 90% of the time. the times where sunlight is limited the house will use electricity from the city (only when necessary).


Thick, energy star rated windows conserve the amount of escaped heat/cold, therefore reducing the amount of energy needed to heat/cool my house.

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Appliances & lightbulbs

I will be using all Samsung appliances in my house because they are all energy efficient and they all have an energy star rating, they are also built to last therefore i will not have to add to the landfills by throwing out appliances.


i will be using Phillips L.E.D light bulbs throughout my house because they use a minimal amount of energy and they last a very long time therefore i will not have to replace them as often resulting in less waste.

Space Related Technologies

The portable vacuum was invented due to space exploration, so with out space exploration we would still have push vacuums.


The ability to harness the suns energy to use as electricity came from space exploration, so with out space exploration my house would not be half as efficient as it is right now.

REFERANCES

All pictures in this flyer (n.d.). Inhttps://www.google.ca/imghp . Retrieved January 17, 2015.


appliances (n.d.). In http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/home-appliances/refrigerators. Retrieved January 17, 2015.


bleach. (2015). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved fromhttp://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/69164/bleach


climate (n.d.). In https://www.ontario.ca/government/search-results?query=climate&op=Search. Retrieved January 17, 2015


elephants (n.d.). In http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/elephant. Retrieved January 17, 2015.


nasa technologies benifit our lives (n.d.). In http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2008/tech_benefits.html. Retrieved January 17, 2015.


nissan leaf (n.d.). In http://www.nissan.ca/en/electric-cars/leaf/?next=header.vehicles.postcard.vlp.image. Retrieved January 17, 2015.

Rubric

HOME DESIGN OF THE FUTURE

CULMINATING PERFORMANCE TASK RUBRIC

Student Name: ________________________________________

Note: A student whose achievement is below 50% will receive a Level R.

Category

Level 1

5 marks

Level 2

6 marks

Level 3

7 marks

Level 4

(8-10 marks)


Knowledge and Understanding

Questions linking directly to course content

TOTAL: /20


Knowledge of content (e.g., facts, terminology, definitions)

demonstrates limited knowledge of content

demonstrates some knowledge of content

demonstrates considerable knowledge of content

demonstrates thorough knowledge of content


Understanding of content
(e.g., concepts ideas, theories)

demonstrates limited understanding of content

demonstrates some understanding of content

demonstrates considerable understanding of content

demonstrates thorough understanding of content


Thinking

Creative thinking skills in home design & research extension questions

TOTAL: /20


Use of critical/creative thinking processes, skills and strategies (e.g. analyzing, interpreting, problem solving)

uses critical/creative thinking processes, skills and strategies with limited effectiveness

uses critical/creative thinking processes, skills and strategies with some effectiveness

uses critical/creative thinking processes, skills and strategies with considerable effectiveness

uses critical/creative thinking processes, skills and strategies with a high degree of effectiveness


Use of processing skills and strategies (e.g., performing and recording, gathering evidence and data)

Proper works cited

uses processing skills and strategies with limited effectiveness

1 reference correctly cited

uses processing skills and strategies with some effectiveness

2 references correctly cited

uses processing skills and strategies with considerable effectiveness

3 references correctly cited

uses processing skills and strategies with a high degree of effectiveness

4,5,6+ references correctly cited


Communication

(Presentation)

TOTAL: /20


Expression and organization of ideas and information Powerpoint/Prezi

expresses and organizes ideas and information with limited effectiveness

expresses and organizes ideas and information with some effectiveness

expresses and organizes ideas and information with considerable effectiveness

expresses and organizes ideas and information with a high degree of effectiveness


Communication for different audiences (e.g., peers, adults)

Oral Presentation

communicates for different audiences and purposes with limited effectiveness

communicates for different audiences and purposes with some effectiveness

communicates for different audiences and purposes with considerable effectiveness

communicates for different audiences and purposes with a high degree of effectiveness


Application

Making connections between home design and course content

TOTAL: /20


Making connections between science, technology, society, and the environment (e.g., assessing the impact of science on technology, people and other living things, and the environment)

makes connections within and between various contexts with limited effectiveness

makes connections within and between various contexts with some effectiveness

makes connections within and between various contexts with considerable effectiveness

makes connections within and between various contexts with a high degree of effectiveness


Proposing courses of practical action to deal with problems relating to science, technology, society, and the environment

proposes courses of practical action of limited effectiveness

proposes courses of practical action of some effectiveness

proposes courses of practical action of considerable effectiveness

proposes courses of practical action of a high degree of effectiveness