Sustainable Building Technology Diploma

Campus Penticton (Sep)
Delivery Full-Time
Credential Diploma
Notes

This program is student loan eligible.

For the 2023 intake, students can take the program over two years or three years, which would be a lighter course load.

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Program Highlights

Be an agent of change as the built environment shifts to a net-zero energy, water and carbon future. Understand building science, technology, systems thinking and project management to deliver healthy, high-performance buildings.

 

 

Tuition and Fees

2022-23: $14,305.01 (Total for the program)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees

Program Details

The Sustainable Building Technology offers an accelerated two year or three year curriculum that provides students with the foundation needed to prepare, inspire, and mobilize the next generation of building technologists. This program covers the principles, concepts, and practices of project design to completion through whole systems thinking and multidisciplinary approaches which collectively enables students to deliver sustainably built environments that enhance human well-being.

The program is organized through five core streams which were developed by the Sustainable Building Technology faculty and through consultation with industry representatives. These allow for specialized education within the field of sustainability and the built environment and include the Sustainability, Building Design, Building Science and Systems, Construction Management, and Service Course streams. Together, these courses provide our graduating students with the ability to pursue careers in the (re)design, management, and execution of existing and new building projects. Specifically, the program learning outcomes include:

  1. Communicate a fundamental understanding of construction concepts, practices and regulations for new and existing structures;
  2. Measure and assess the sustainability performance of construction projects including embodied and operational carbon, energy savings, and overall human experience;
  3. Perform effective communication with clients, contractors, building professionals, and municipal authorities through Integrated Project Delivery practices;
  4. Define, describe, and discuss major theories and concepts within the field of building science;
  5. Illustrate how to work independently and interdependently as part of multidisciplinary project teams;
  6. Apply a whole systems thinking approach to design and construction activities to enable greater project potential; and
  7. Effectively realize design intent in executing construction through a proficient understanding of constructability and hands-on construction experience.

Practical learning experiences are incorporated throughout the program through site visits, real project case studies, hands-on building opportunities, and capstone projects. These experiences enrich the program and bridge the gap between the academic courses and the practical skills required by the students upon graduation. During the summer term break between years 1 and 2, the students also have the opportunity to further their practical experience through participating in a paid co-op program.

In addition, the students benefit from a blended learning format where courses are delivered face-to-face and through an online platform. This allows the students to actively participate in courses on the Okanagan College, Penticton Campus, and conveniently from home. Specifically, one day a week is devoted to online classes, three days a week are spent on campus, and the fifth day is set aside as a student group work and study day (with the exception of Term 1).

The College intends to obtain certification with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) for Architectural, Building and Construction Technologist.

Sustainable Building Technology is an emerging field, which means there are a variety of opportunities for graduates to apply for existing positions, create new roles or entrepreneurial ventures, and receive industry accreditations like Natural Resource Canada Energy Advisor or LEED® Green Associate.

Positions that some of our graduates hold include:

  • Energy Advisor
  • Architectural Technologist
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • LEED Consultant
  • WELL Consultant
  • Passive House Designer
  • Energy Modeler
  • Building Information Modeling Specialist
  • Green Building Material Supplier
  • Project Coordinator

Applying learning to real-world problems

In the final year, students work in small teams to solve challenging real-world problems proposed by community partners and college faculty. Students apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the program to projects that contribute to the economic, environmental and social well-being of the community. Upon project completion, the capstone project teams will prepare and present to members of the community and faculty a final report outlining the project findings and its contribution to community sustainability. Below is a summary of capstone projects students have recently completed or are currently working on.

Practicum descriptions with host organizations: 

  • BC Energy Step Code compliance analysis, City of Kelowna
  • WELL Building Standard analysis of community building, High Street Ventures
  • Optimal building performance pathways through a balanced financial and carbon lens for new and existing buildings, Community Energy Association
  • Compressed earth block research and business case, Ku'l Group
  • Energy saving potential of building retrofits in the Okanagan, FortisBC
  • Carbon lifecycle costing assessment on a Part 3 residential tower, High Street Ventures
  • Embodied carbon vs operational carbon savings in a typical Step 1, Step 3 and Step 5 Okanagan home: comparing three material pathways, Total Home Solutions
  • Energy Step Code case studies, City of Kelowna
  • Feasibility of hempcrete in achieving Passive House, Nido Design

 

Admission Requirements

  • BC secondary school graduation, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 60% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 12
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12
    • Principles of Mathematics 12
    • Applications of Mathematics 12
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 012
    • Okanagan College MATH 120

Or a minimum of 67% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011

Or a minimum of 70% in an Okanagan College Mathematics 11 Proficiency Test

One of the Grade 12 mathematics courses is recommended. The mathematics requirement must be successfully completed no more than seven years prior to enrolment in the program.

 

Program Outline

Term 1
SBT 102 Introduction to Design
SBT 112 Construction Drafting and BIM I
SBT 114 Sustainability and Ethics in Construction
SBT 115 Construction Methods I
SBT 124 Sustainability and the Built Environment
BUAD 128 Computer Applications I
CMNS 136 Technical Writing & Communications for SBT I
MATH 134 Mathematics for SBT I
Term 2
SBT 113 Quantity Surveying and Estimating I
SBT 116 Scheduling and Cost Control
SBT 120 Project Delivery
SBT 125 Construction Methods II
SBT 132 Introduction to Sustainability Assessment
SBT 134 Green Building Principles
SBT 144 Sustainable Methods and Technologies
MATH 144 Mathematics for SBT II
Term 3
SBT 212 Construction Drafting and BIM II
SBT 213 Quantity Surveying and Estimating II
SBT 214 Biophilic Design
SBT 218 Building Systems and Energy Management
SBT 223 Sustainable Materials
SBT 224 Greening Existing Infrastructure
SBT 228 Renewable Energy Technologies
SBT 251 Capstone Project I
Term 4
SBT 226 Leadership and Innovation
SBT 230 Construction Conflicts and Law
SBT 234 Sustainable Design and Development
SBT 238 Sustainable Business Case
SBT 244 Regenerative Design
SBT 252 Capstone Project II
CMNS 146 Technical Writing & Communications for SBT II
BUAD 123 Management Principles
Three-year Option
Term 1
SBT 102 Introduction to Design
SBT 115 Construction Methods I
SBT 124 Sustainability and the Built Environment
BUAD 128 Computer Applications I
CMNS 136 Technical Writing & Communications for SBT I
MATH 134 Mathematics for SBT I
Term 2
SBT 113 Quantity Surveying and Estimating I
SBT 116 Scheduling and Cost Control
SBT 125 Construction Methods II
SBT 134 Green Building Principles
SBT 144 Sustainable Methods and Technologies
MATH 144 Mathematics for SBT II
Term 3
SBT 112 Construction Drafting and BIM I
SBT 114 Sustainability and Ethics in Construction
SBT 213 Quantity Surveying and Estimating II
SBT 214 Biophilic Design
SBT 223 Sustainable Materials
Term 4
SBT 120 Project Delivery
SBT 132 Introduction to Sustainability Assessment
SBT 238 Sustainable Business Case
CMNS 146 Technical Writing & Communications for SBT II
BUAD 123 Management Principles
Term 5
SBT 212 Construction Drafting and BIM II
SBT 218 Building Systems and Energy Management
SBT 224 Greening Existing Infrastructure
SBT 228 Renewable Energy Technologies
SBT 251 Capstone Project I
Term 6
SBT 226 Leadership and Innovation
SBT 230 Construction Conflicts and Law
SBT 234 Sustainable Design and Development
SBT 244 Regenerative Design
SBT 252 Capstone Project II

Successful completion of the prescribed courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

 

 

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