Title: The Influence of the Passive Solar System on Interior Temperature of Shipping Containers House
Name of school/organization:
Humanity Primary/Junior High school
Brief description of the project:
It is undeniable that this generation is experiencing extreme climate change and the catastrophic effects related that it brings along. Currently topping at 38 Degrees Celsius, Taiwan is amongst many places around the globe that has seen a gradual increase of record-breaking high temperatures.
Consequently, Taiwan’s energy production plants have vigorously struggled to keep up with the growing demand, such as extended use of outdated traditional coal-fired power plants and purchasing of emergency generators from abroad.
As difficult as it may currently sound, the only solution is for Taiwan citizens to conserve energy on a micro level, primarily using less power on air conditioners. Research and discussion about alternative energy sources have led to the idea of designing an area on campus, which can be cooled without excessive use of electrical energy.
The decision was made to restore an unused shipping container into a green building. A passive solar system is built by lining the outer walls with plants, with the plants absorbing and deflecting heat radiation that would otherwise enter the building. As for the irrigation of the plants, we used recycled bottles, buckets, and PBC piping to install a gravity pressure water pump. The buckets collect rainwater to be dispersed among the plants, and when the water evaporates, it takes heat energy away from the room.
Through this example, we hope not only to raise awareness of the energy crisis around the world, but also to show the ease and practicality of DIY green projects.