This Nuffield Working with Science unit was designed to help students to understand the need to consume less domestic heating fuel, to know the main ways in which heat can be lost from buildings, to find by experiment which substances make good insulators and to write a short, illustrated report on their findings.

Guidance for teachers and technicians appears in Teachers’ Notes E.

The unit was revised and republished for the CPVE edition of the project in the 1980s. Guidance for this version appears in the Tutors’ Handbook.

Section 1: Which materials make the best insulators?
Section 2: Double glazing
Section 3: Cavity-wall insulation
Section 4: Roof insulation
Section 5: Fire hazards
Section 6: Controlling temperature with a thermostat
Section 7: How would you insulate a house?

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