eco buildingAs a member of the Junior Academy, a worldwide STEM Academy, Year 12 pupil, Elisabeth, has completed her first project, the 'Future of Buildings & Cities, EcoConstruction'.

Over the course of approximately six months, Elisabeth spent about three hours a week on live online web chats and conducting her own research, in order to complete this project with an international team of five.   

Junior Academy is a worldwide STEM academy where students collaborate together with mentors on projects. The team were required to think of ways to make a typical building more efficient and eco-friendly. The proposal emphasised the inefficiency and the environmental impacts of a typical building - accounting for 40% of worldwide energy use and using, on average, 7.9 million gallons of water (in a 200,000 square ft office building in USA). To find solutions to the problems, Elisabeth and her team members from India and Canada designed an office building using methods such as: solar panels, rainwater harvesting and disaster proofing to make the building more self-sufficient and environmentally friendly, while also proposing ways of enhancing the work environment within the building, to increase productivity.

Image credit: Claus Lunau/Science Photo Library/UIG