Step 4: Discuss green elements with kids!
Imagine that the walls of your gingerLotus are just like the walls of the real mkLotusTM: insulated to keep heat in during the winter and cool air in during the summer. This means wasting less energy.
Notice the large size and number of windows and doors you're cutting out? That's so they can let it lots of natural sunlight and so you won't need to have other lights on during the day.
When you're cutting out the doors and windows you can pretend to fill them in with the same kind of glass that's in the mkLotusTM. We use a special type of window pane that's two layers thick so it keeps in heat when you want it and cool air when you want that instead, just like the walls.
You'll use the icing to hold the ginger Lotus up or frame it. The real mkLotusTM uses FSC Certified wood to frame the floors and ceilings. This means it doesn't hurt the environment when this wood is cut down.
Try imagining that the floor is made from bamboo like in the mkLotusTM. Bamboo grows as fast as two feet a day so it comes right back if you cut it down.
Screen walls are an excellent way to shade rooms from sun and cool them cool naturally.
The slant of this part of the roof allows the solar panels to absorb more sunlight.
The green living roof feeds off of storm water and absorbs sunlight, which is another way to keep the house naturally cool.
Trellises are another great sun shading feature on the mkLotusTM that reduce the need for air conditioning.
The rain and groundwater catchment systems collect water to use for watering the garden.
The mkLotusTM uses 100% solar generated power which creates a zero electric bill.
Think of the icing on the outside was as what we call siding. The siding we use on the mkLotusTM is made from FSC Certified wood (like the framing) and also a long-lasting, low-maintenance cement with color already added, which means it doesn't need to be painted or repaired or replaced. That means less waste!