October 23, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning is launching a Sustainable Energy and Building Technology (SEBT) program, starting September 2008. This unique program will be offered as a three-year, full-time advanced Ontario diploma.
The SEBT program will provide multidisciplinary training in renewable energy, along with aspects of building design and construction that can have a significant impact on a building’s energy efficiency. Graduates will have the necessary depth and breadth of knowledge to assess, design, co-ordinate and commission the increasingly sophisticated mix of technologies that generate, transform and utilize energy within buildings.
The demand for energy is growing, especially in the building sector. There is also increased awareness of how energy is generated, consumed and impacts our lives and environment. Energy professionals are now required to ensure higher levels of performance in the forms of energy supply, the various components of buildings and their service delivery systems.
The SEBT program keeps pace with the construction industrys drive toward sustainable energy, efficient structures and the greater use of renewable energy sources, says Andy Oding, manager of product development for Reid’s Heritage Homes, one of Canada’s leaders in green housing. By combining building sciences, passive and active renewable energy technologies and business skills, this program opens a world of opportunities to its graduates by addressing the severe lack of skilled professionals in this field.”
I was looking for training in the field of sustainable energy, says Iftikhar Abbasi. I came across many postsecondary programs in Europe and Australia, but there were few comprehensive programs available in North America. Humbers Sustainable Energy and Building Technology program is an exception in that its available locally and offers a complete skill set.
Graduates will be able to pursue careers in sustainable building design and construction, energy management, energy efficiency and conservation, as energy site developers, in energy auditing and building performance simulation, as well as in the renewable energy specialties.
This is a much needed program in Canada, says Denise Devlin-Li, dean of Humbers School of Applied Technology. The multidisciplinary nature of the training means that graduates will be well positioned to work effectively with other professionals in providing truly integrated solutions to the greening and increasingly challenging building and energy sectors.
A leader in polytechnic education, Humber offers innovative, career-focused learning opportunities. It provides over 350 full- and part-time programs including: bachelors degree, diploma, certificate, apprenticeship and postgraduate programs. Humber serves 18,000 full-time and 55,000 part-time learners, as well as more than 15,000 employees in custom corporate training. Its strong partnerships with employers, as well as transfer agreements with 45 universities and colleges, help students to build a foundation for lifelong success. Over 90 percent of Humber students find employment within six months of graduating.