Build a sustainable building
The issue – Urban Ecosystems
Buildings are pretty important, don’t you think? Most of us use buildings every day; we live, work, learn and sleep in them for shelter. Since we spend so much time in them, it’s important that buildings are environmentally friendly, healthy and nice places to be!
Cities cover only 3% of the Earth’s land surface but more than half of the world’s population live in cities. Now that sounds like a squeeze! They may not be ‘natural’ but cities and towns are ecosystems in themselves… and the way they are designed and created affects the quality of our lives. When urban areas are created, plants, animals and birds are all affected because trees and other vegetation are removed to make way for buildings. Most buildings, including schools, also use a huge amount of energy and they can produce a lot of waste which has an impact on the planet too. What can be done about this?
So, our challenge for you is…
Use any materials you have to create your new building design or feature and if you need a few ideas, check out the fact boxes or do a bit of research to spark your amazing imagination!
HARVEST THE RAINRainwater from the roof can be collected or ‘harvested’ and stored. It can then be used for flushing toilets or be treated so it can be used as drinking water! What a cool way to use the rain!
STEAL THE SUNThe sun is full of energy which can be used to create electricity. Solar panels on rooftops can turn light from the sun into electricity that can be used to heat water and power anything in the building that needs electricity. Now that’s a hot idea!
GREEN WITHINPlants help to make the air we breathe cleaner and healthier, so using plants inside and outside buildings makes them healthier places to be! Trees and plants can be grown on rooftops, balconies and up walls too! Cool green spaces on and around buildings encourage amazing wildlife back into urban areas. They can even provide vegetables for those inside. Broccoli anyone?