The Sustainable Construction Centre plays a key role in building awareness of green construction.
Each centre will accommodate drop-in visits for architects, builders and their clients.
Classroom tours include a welcoming briefing and a research guide matching the grade’s curriculum; after students have explored the centre, they are assigned work sheets and exercises. Teams may be assigned the design of a sustainable building on paper or the construction of a house using blocks and images. Specially trained staff work with the accompanying teachers and parents. Rates match market rates for competing educational attractions in the region.
Imagine a collision between a busy construction site and a museum. Here is what a typical exhibit would look like.
Mom, Dad, what’s under the house? This exhibit would show two partial rooms with the front being a cross section through walls and floor. The bottom of the cutaway would be a layer of dirt behind clear glass showing gas, water, sewer and storm pipes sticking through the ground. Each pipe would project 10 cm, connect to a 90 degree elbow and a section of pipe; lettering identifying the pipe would be printed on each; the pipes would be stacked and colored such that viewers clearly understand where each pipe is connected. Above the cutaway floor, a utility room would contain a typical water heater and furnace placed such that the natural gas and water lines are visible. Hot and cold water pipes and the sewer pipe are visible through cutaways in walls. Sections of pipe are see-through plexiglass. On the other side of the wall would be a sink, toilet and cutaway tub with typical connections. The second cutaway wall would be an exterior wall with a gas meter attached and a rain gutter downpipe. Whimsical objects such as toys and toilet bowl brush with a funky handle would make the exhibit seem lived in. Visitors are invited to touch. Flushing the toilet draws water in and sends water rushing down the sewer pipe.