Mean Green House Winners 2012

And the winners of the Schoolgen Mean Green House Competition for 2012 are...

  • First place - Muritai Primary School in Wellington
  • Second place - Cobham Intermediate School in Christchurch
  • Third place - Mercury Bay Area School in Whitianga

Entries consisted of a five minute video and a portfolio documenting the research and development.

1st- Muritai Primary School's entry was described by guest judge Jerome Partington, Sustainability Manager at Jasmax Architects, as "outstanding" and "absolutely exceptional". The students from Year 5 and 6 were tasked with designing an energy efficient house that uses solar energy as effectively as possible. This took the students on a rich journey of inquiry-learning. Along the way they had to research, design and build a scalemodel of their version of a "mean green" sustainable house.


2nd- Cobham Intermediate School's entry was also really fantastic. The standard of model construction was very well done, as was the research on innovative materials which they planned to use for the house to make it extremely energy efficient.


3rd- Mercury Bay Area School showed they had really taken on-board the concepts of passive solar design and created a highly insulated energy efficient house as well as some other sustainable features such as a water tank and re-use of grey water.



Each school receives an exciting prize pack of fun educational activities able to be used with any class at that school for years to come to support them in their learning about solar energy and sustainability. Individual members of the team will also receive generous Jaycar gift vouchers that can be used in-store or online.

To judge the best entries we used the criteria which were set out in the competition details 'Instructions for Students/Teachers' on the Schoolgen website. The winning entries paid attention to these criteria and showed clear evidence of:

  • Research to gather ideas for their design from different sources
  • Understanding of the reasons why the designs work to reduce energy usage
  • Creativity in combining their own ideas along with practical considerations
  • Careful drawings, with the plans including scale, measurements and orientations
  • Construction of a to-scale model house
  • Presentation of their work in an informative and engaging manner through a 5 minute video

Other entries which were judged as highly commended were received from:

  • Rangeview Intermediate (Auckland)
  • Clifton Terrace Model School (Wellington)
  • Balmacewen Intermediate (Dunedin)
  • Wainuiomata Primary School (Lower Hutt)

These students will receive a small prize in recognition of their very commendable efforts.