Riverside Technical Academy students building Eco-friendly house

Riverside Technical Academy students building Eco-friendly house

SPOKANE, Wash. - School's out for summer but some juniors and seniors at Riverside Technical Academy are putting in extra hours by designing and building a completely Eco-friendly house.

You might want to know what is an Eco-friendly house? This home has countless features to save big on heat electricity, gas, and water. The program has been a huge success with students at Riverside Technical Academy, and they want to do it again next year but in order to pull that off they will have to sell the house they're working on first.

"It's all project-based education and we try and tie everything into a big project," Brad Adams said.

Brad Adams said he wants his students to learn differently.

"We need to change the way education is a little bit, get kids interested, get them excited, get their native curiosity going and get them interested in doing things and tie their math and science to real things," he said.

"It's pretty awesome, it's all hands on work, that is what RTA is, we want to get ready for the future," Jesse Anselm said.

The house is 424 square feet and will use solar panels for heat and electricity, a water capture system, and the latest in sustainable and cost saving insulation. Around fifty juniors and seniors have been working on building the last semester.

"Probably at least 50 hours in the design process and at least 50 to 75 in the building process," Charlie Elliott said.

This house is a great example of how kids learn at Riverside.

"Normal classes people just sleep and you can just come in and relax, but with this you have to do your thing you have to do your job or else the project is not going to get done," Elliott said.

Just like in real life, and another real world lesson the students are learning is if they don't sell the home their may not be enough money to build another next year. The price tag will be somewhere in the $40,000 range.

"We're going to put an Ad up on Craigslist, market a little bit, maybe talk to a realtor, maybe somebody will just come on in and buy it," Adams said.

Some students will be able to work through the summer to help finish the house but the lesson this project has to offer, has already been learned.

"It makes you want to learn," Elliott said.