A group of Marina High School seniors from two departments collaborated and built a house for the future.
About 30 students from the Construction Technology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science departments incorporated scientific techniques to build the 20-by-16-foot house that provides natural lighting almost year round, and saves and generates energy without a single solar panel.
The house was built with passive solar techniques that cool it down during the summer and heat it during the winter, said construction teacher Bob Meade.
The thermal mass material holds energy generated from the sun's heat or wind and circulates it throughout the house. A tunnel was also built under the house to pull air in and circulate it, and light shelves were installed to allow sunlight to bounce off during the day and fill the house with natural light.
"If the entire Southwestern states started utilizing these construction techniques, it would save billions and billions of dollars in fuel," Meade said.