Materials List: Zero-Energy Housing

Each group needs:

  • 32 x 20-inches sheet of 1/8-inch foam core board (this is one half of the standard foam core board sheet, typically available with the dimensions of 1/8-inch x 32-inches x 40-inches [.32 x 81 x 102-cm]; this is about 9 sq ft or .84 sq m)
  • 1 sq ft (.09 sq m) thin clear plastic
  • 4 sq ft (.37 sq m) aluminum foil
  • 2 sq ft (.19 sq m) thin rubber (any kind)
  • 2 sq ft (.19 sq m) black fabric (any kind)
  • pencils, erasers and white or graph paper for designing and graphing
  • (optional) Excel software for recording and graphing group data
  • Design Challenge Handout, one per group
  • Analysis & Results Worksheet, one per group

For the entire class to share:

  • hot glue guns and/or tacky glue
  • scissors
  • utility knife
  • thumbtacks
  • scotch tape
  • masking tape
  • protractor
  • straight edge (metal ruler)

For one testing station (you may want more than one station):

  • 300-watt light bulb
  • desk or clamp lamp (that can safely accommodate a 300-watt light bulb)
  • floor or box fan
  • ice
  • bucket or plastic container (for the ice)
  • thermometer (alternative: use a laptop and HOBO data loggers to automatically take and record temperature readings at specified intervals)
  • watch or timer to determine 30-second intervals
  • Teacher Testing Steps