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Aug 22 2022 Online Learning /

SBC | Better Buildings Boot Camp

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (August 22-26)



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“This program is a unique opportunity for this next generation of students to experience the integrated design and delivery process on a real project building, together for one week, and to learn from each other as well as from professionals and faculty.”

-Bettina Hoar, SBC Board Member and Boot Camp Project Director

How a building is designed, built, maintained, operated and used can have significant financial, environmental and social impact. In order to affect real change, a holistic and integrated understanding of and approach to the built environment is required, including multiple stakeholders. That’s why SBC created the “Better Buildings Boot Camp” to bring together graduate and diploma students to learn how they can take responsibility for better buildings in the future.

This program was created with input from sustainable building subject matter experts and faculty from George Brown College, Seneca College, University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan University and York University. The BBBC continues to expand its reach, bringing in new institutions each year, offering even more opportunities for student participation.

The goal is to include students from a variety of backgrounds, institutions and fields of study, including but not limited to architecture, design, engineering, building science, and environment as well as business, social sciences, liberal arts, construction, etc. All disciplines are welcome since we will all live and work in buildings and therefore have something to contribute.

How It Works

The Better Buildings Boot Camp (BBBC) is a free, week-long on-line interactive virtual conference. It will consist of live webinar plenary sessions facilitated by professional and/or academic experts on topics relevant to the building. These plenary sessions will contain a variety of individual and panel style discussions and will be interactive through the use of surveys, polls, chat, and contain links to additional information students will be divided into cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary groups, and participate daily in on-line collaborative group discussions and activities, allowing students to engage directly with each other to determine their group’s recommendations for the building.

On Thursday, August 25th, students will observe the actual professional workshop with the building project team, and students will have an opportunity to present their own recommendations and ideas for the project team on Friday, August 26th. The program format will mirror an extended integrated design workshop, providing students with hands-on experience of preparing for and participating in this process. At the end of the Boot Camp students will receive a free virtual invitation to attend the GBF and a Certificate of Completion.

The program will run from August 22nd to August 26th, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

The Boot Camp is open to graduate program or diploma students from Canadian universities and colleges. We encourage students from any and all disciplines to apply!

Space is limited, therefore please only apply if you believe you can commit to your full attendance. Applications are now open until July 31st, 2022 (click ‘Register Here’ link above). If you have any questions, please contact BootCamp@sbcanada.org or 416-272-8295.