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 and cutting-edge 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.
Students interact with project consultants, inspectors, and tradespeople and are involved in all aspects of the work of constructing a cutting-edge sustainable building. They also have an opportunity to interact 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 will partner 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 is 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 specialization within the sustainable building field, we hope to graduate people who are strong generalists.
- 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
“Starting with the first day after the program ended, I have worked on different construction projects including: timber framing, carpentry, conventional building, passive solar construction of a greenhouse, plumbing and electrical work, earth wall partitions, interior and exterior natural finishes, energy efficient retrofits, plaster repairs on existing straw bale buildings, and hosting natural building workshops in Canada and Japan. Plus more work to come in the next year with more plastering projects, workshops, natural finishes for a wider range of customers than before, and participating in the planning of a sustainable housing project for the county of Haliburton.”
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
- work with renewable energy, heating, cooling and ventilation companies, indoor air quality specialists, professional designers, water and waste treatment or ecological renovations companies
- employment with conventional construction companies that provide "green building" options
- 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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