Mean Green House Winners 2015

Firstly a big "Thank you!" to all the schools and students who put so much effort and enthusiasm into their Mean Green House Designs- you have obviously learnt so much in the process about energy-efficient house design and using solar energy effectively.Well done! 

And now to the winners! Schoolgen are stoked to announce the following schools who have won their sections of the Mean Green House Competition for 2015 !!

  • Primary Schools: Paparoa Street Primary School.
  • Intermediate Schools: St Kentigerns College 
  • Secondary School: Rangiora New Life School 

Secondary School Winners (Year 9-10)

Meighan Weber, Josh Miller and Zachary Taylor from Rangiora New Life School researched, designed and built their 'Grand Design' version of a 'Mean Green House' .  


Highly Commended-

  • Olivia Eastmond & Grace Cross (Rangiora New Life School, Canterbury). Video                
  • Leon Chaplow (St Kentigern's College, Auckland). Video  

Intermediate School Winners (Year 7-8)

Chris Dirks and Chris Manning of St Kentigern's College combined thoughtful use of materials with creative design flair to create their "iconic" E house.  

Highly Commended-

  • Lulu, Jemima & Charles (Southwell School, Hamilton). Video 
  • Brianna Maloney, Charlotte Mills, & Hannah Malden (Raroa Intermediate, Wellington). Video

Primary School Winners (Year 5-6)

Eli Holmnowsky, Henry Wilson and Noah Kember from Paparoa Street School in Christchurch showed good application of passive solar design in their compact and very efficient house design.

Highly Commended- 

  • Jacob Porteous, Luke Gulliver and William Frost (Clyde Quay School, Wellington). Video
  • Pearce, Flynn & Charlie (Sumner School, Christchurch). Video         

How did we Judge the entries?

To judge the best entries we used the criteria which were set out in the '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