An autarkic house is a house that uses the elements provided by nature and is built with materials provided by nature, which is known as an “environmentally friendly/self-sufficient house.
Representatives in the community with knowledge in this subject evaluated the final project and the DNM’s very own Mr. Naviel Lue was a member of the judging panel.
Physics and Chemistry (CSN) Mrs. Mariebelle van der Linde came up with the initiative and idea for this project. The assignment was to create an autarkic house.
There were 4 aspects that the students had to consider at all times and one of these aspects was related to the environment. Based on the evaluation matrix for the presentation, the judges had to qualify the groups and their projects.
According to the DNM judge, it was a very unique and educational experience to see how the students presented their ideas of the autarkic house. It was great to see how each student considered many of the aspects of an autarkic in their project that classify the house as an off-grid house, like capturing renewable energy, harvest water, the use of isolation materials, and waste processing using composting.
The DNM was very satisfied with the invitation and the initiative of the teacher. They also encourage other schools and teachers to come up with similar projects which give the students the opportunity and freedom to search for information and come up with practical solutions for the many environmental challenges we face. This generation is living and seeing the challenges that were neglected by the previous generations.