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Model house project

We are excited to have students from Humberview Secondary School participating in “Walk the Talk” by including energy-saving features in the model houses they are designing and building as part of their Shop class. We hope to have more schools joining this project soon!

We will be adding to this gallery as more students participate in this project, so come back and take another look in a while!

Winning designs from Winter 2017, showing energy saving features such as: rain-water saving barrel, clothes line and a bicycle ……

House model

… plus a roof-mounted wind-turbine and solar panel


House model

Roof-mounted solar panel and large roof overhang to provide shade from the summer sun

Construction ongoing!


2015 winning house model

Winning designs from the 2014 – 2015 school year (see 19 July 2015 post)


This model showcases the concept of building a larger roof overhang on the south side of a building (see compass). When the sun is low in the sky, during the colder months, sunlight comes in through the windows. In the summer months, when the sun is high in the sky, the windows are shaded by the extra overhang. This cuts down the need for cooling.


Another view of the model above, showing more clearly the difference in roof overhang between the north and south sides of the building.


This model shows an example of underfloor heating. Underfloor heating doesn’t require such high temperatures as conventional heating to achieve a comfortable level of warmth; it is therefore more energy-efficient.

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