Sustainable Building Design and Construction

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.

Please note: We are not currently accepting applications for this program.

Program Highlights

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 up to 26 students from across Canada will 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 constructing a sustainable building. Students will learn how to balance “natural” and modern green building material and techniques to achieve the building’s sustainable goals in an appropriate and responsible manner.

In April, 2017, the SBDC program will partner with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to build a new 1,800 square-foot Outdoor Education Classroom at Thomas A Stewart Secondary in Peterborough. The building will feature both indoor and outdoor teaching areas and will incorporate a number of sustainable features.

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.


  • 2016: Off-Grid Alternative Energy Presentation Centre, Abby Gardens Community Trust
  • 2015; Staff Lodge: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
  • 2014: Heart of the Park Youth Enterprise Centre, Bancroft Youth in Action
  • 2013: Haliburton County Public Library, Wilberforce Branch
  • 2012: Creative Exchange Mart, Abbey Gardens Community Trust
  • 2011: Camp Maple Leaf for Military Families, Pigeon Lake
  • 2010: Habitat for Humanity Peterborough, LEED Platinum Certified Home
  • 2009: Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, Trent University
  • 2008: Madoc Performing Arts Centre
  • 2007: R. D. Lawrence Place, Minden Museum and Cultural Centre
  • 2006: Classroom for Kinark Outdoor Centre
  • 2005: Haliburton 4Cs Food Bank and Lily Ann

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 learn what considerations factor into the current design, and how to approach and complete future designs
  • You'll get direct experience with all phases of the construction of a project while implementing a sustainable design
  • You will take on a leadership role for core components of the project; from design considerations, to pricing and sourcing materials, to installation
  • You will learn from leaders in the field and work alongside our faculty experts

Success Stories

"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

Career Opportunities

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

Additional Costs

Plan on spending approximately $700 for books and supplies.

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