The Sustainable Building Design and Construction program is an intensive, hands-on experience that puts students at the centre of the construction of a full-sized sustainable building.
Fleming is the first College in Canada to offer a Sustainable Building Design and Construction program. The 20-week program, based out of the Haliburton Campus, is an intensive, hands-on experience where approximately 26 students from across Canada will design and construct a new sustainable building, showcasing green building technologies and new energy-saving techniques. During the program students also explore sustainability themes and principles that reach beyond material selection.
Students interact with project consultants, inspectors, and tradespeople and are involved in all aspects of the work of constructing sustainable building. They also have an opportunity to work with the public through weekly site tours and regular presentations within the community.
In April, 2013, Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction program partnered with the Municipality of Highlands East to build a new 2,000 square- foot library in Wilberforce.
Core to the Public Library’s statement of values is sustainability. Creating a progressive and sustainable facility in Wilberforce with its proximity to the community gardens and the elementary school was an ideal project for the Sustainable Building and Design program students.
The 2012 project was a Creative Exchange Mart built in West Guilford. Partnering with the Abbey Gardens Community Trust, students created a unique facility for local growers and artisans to sell locally-produced goods.
Established in 2005, students in the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program have successfully completed a wide variety of sustainable projects including the ones listed below.
- 2012 Creative Exchange Mart, Abbey Gardens Community Trust
- 2011 Camp Maple Leaf for Military Families, Jacob's Island, Pigeon Lake
- 2010:Habitat for Humanity LEED Platinum Certified Home
- 2009: Camp Kawartha Environment Centre
- 2008: Madoc Performing Arts Centre
- 2007: R.D. Lawrence Place
- 2006: Classroom for Kinark Outdoor Centre
- 2005: Haliburton 4C's Food Bank and Thrift Shop
What You Learn
The curriculum of this program is unique in the world. Rather than focusing on niche, or specializations within the sustainable building field, we graduate people who are strong generalists with real employability skills.
- You get direct experience with the design and complete construction of a project
- You will take on direct responsibility for one structural, one mechanical and one administrative role within the project
- From design considerations to pricing and sourcing materials to installation in the building, the students are fully responsible for their role
"As a past graduate of Fleming's Sustainable Building Design and Construction program, I wanted to share my experience of the course and what it has to offer future students. The course is an excellent combination of theory and practical skills. Students are educated in class and then given the opportunity to experience their acquired knowledge on site. Students learn first-hand sustainable construction practices, are introduced to renewable energies, and are given the freedom to not only think for themselves, but act as a leader experiencing the entire process.
The Instructors come from a diverse variety of construction backgrounds, complimenting the principals behind sustainable building. The course allows its students to develop their personal morals and judgement towards their interest within the industry.
Joshua Parlett, Assistant Superintendent EllisDon"
Why Choose Fleming?
- Accredited Ontario College Certificate
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) eligible
- Second Career eligible
- Scholarships and bursaries available
Program graduates will have a range of career options, depending upon their background:
- employment with sustainable building companies in Ontario, across Canada and internationally
- employment with conventional construction companies that provide "green building" options or focus
- work with renewable energy, heating, cooling and ventilation companies, indoor air quality specialists, professional designers, water and waste treatment or ecological renovations companies
- self-employment as a builder or designer of sustainable homes or as a specialist in a particular field
- work in product or service development related to sustainable building
- employment with government housing agencies, non-profit housing organizations, international development agencies, or in public awareness and education.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
- Or a current Certificate of Qualification as a Carpenter - General.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.
If you are interested in starting this program in Spring 2013, apply through ontariocolleges.ca and use the application for the 2012-2013 application year.
Plan on spending approximately $700 for books and supplies.
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