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Sustainable Energy and Building Technology

Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Code: 31551 Length: 6 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) 
    • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

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All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

 

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

 

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthClosedClosed
September 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,986.58
  • international: $15,881.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Extra fees apply for optional field experience.

Fees by Semester 

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Degree Pathways

Complete your degree with us. Humber's degrees are designed with our diploma graduates in mind. We'll give you credit for what you've already learned and help you take the next step in less time. Humber also awards a $2500 degree scholarship to diploma graduates with a program grade point average of 80% or more.

Graduates may be considered for admission to:

Management Studies, Bachelor of Commerce 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.
  • Any Grade 12U-level Mathematics with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, or Humber's TMTH 105 and TMTH 205, with an average of 60 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Kerry Johnston, program manager
416.675.6622 ext. 4512
kerry.johnston@humber.ca

appliedtechnology.humber.ca

Admissions

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
international@humber.ca

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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,078.29$7,730.50
Tuition$1,457.84$7,110.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$170.00$170.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,908.29$7,730.50
Tuition$1,457.84$7,280.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,908.29$7,730.50
Tuition$1,457.84$7,280.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,908.29$7,730.50
Tuition$1,457.84$7,280.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,908.29$7,730.50
Tuition$1,457.84$7,280.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,908.29$7,730.50
Tuition$1,457.84$7,280.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

We are in transition from a period when the cost, availability and environmental impact of energy use was not considered significant to a time when these are issues of daily interest to  individuals, business enterprises and all levels of government. This transition is creating growing demand for individuals who are skilled in supporting society’s transition to a sustainable energy future.

The Sustainable Energy and Building Technology Program (SEBT) advanced diploma program prepares graduates to serve in project management roles in four areas of focus:

1. Energy conservation, efficiency and management:

  • This area relates primarily to existing buildings. Buildings that were built at a time when there wasn’t significant concern for the cost of energy, the availability of energy or the environmental impact of using that energy creates opportunities to change the way our buildings work through energy auditing, energy analytics, energy modelling and energy management including building automation systems.

2. Green/Sustainable Buildings – this relates primarily to new construction. Many jurisdictions now require higher standards for the design, construction and operation of buildings. Many federal, provincial and municipal governments require new construction to be LEED certified. We study all aspects of the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings.

3. Implementation of renewable energy technologies including solar Photovoltaic (PV), thermal, and wind energy.

4. Sustainable Community Development: In Ontario, the population is growing, primarily in urban areas. Historically, urban development has not been good for the environment. Now, governments recognize that development does not have to be focused on resource and infrastructure intensive, car dependent, Greenfield consuming sprawl. We study sustainable policy and technology approaches to urban development/redevelopment and sustainable or green infrastructure.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Perform a land site assessment to determine potential for renewable energy harvesting, optimum placement of wind, solar and earth energy technologies and building orientation for passive solar gain and protection from the elements.

  • Perform an energy needs analysis for residential or small-scale commercial or industrial structures, designated under Section 9 of the Ontario Building Code, and identify building system components that save energy.

  • Perform an energy audit on residential, small-scale commercial and industrial buildings, designated under Section 9 of the Ontario Building Code, to determine energy efficiency, problem areas and energy loss and advise on corrective actions.

  • Design and propose a grid-tied or off-grid renewable energy system for a residential or small-scale commercial or industrial structure, designated under Section 9 of the Ontario Building Code, based on an energy needs analysis.

  • Adhere to legal, regulatory and health and safety codes and guidelines in sustainable energy and building technology practice.

  • Estimate the costs and time schedule of implementing a renewable energy/energy efficiency system, including annual running costs and return on investment.

  • Assist in land development, regulatory and stakeholder processes regarding the placement of renewable energy/energy efficiency technologies during the planning/approval phase.

  • Assist in the selection of heating, cooling, hot water and electrical systems and equipment during the building specification phase in a new structure or retrofit to ensure high energy efficiency.

  • Assist in the delivery, handling, installation and testing of renewable energy/energy efficiency technologies during the construction phase

  • Prepare a viable business plan for a new energy business venture.

  • Assist in the development of sales and marketing strategies for energy products and services.

  • Promote an integrated or whole building approach with clients, industry professionals and associations.


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Work Placement

Our program features an optional work placement of 400 hours (minimum). This offers practical experience in the energy efficiency, green building or sustainable energy industry sectors following Semester 4. Humber works with business, industry and government to identify work placement opportunities.

 

The Humber Experience

Watch the video to learn more about the Sustainable Energy and Building Technology program from students and faculty.

"The Sustainable Energy and Building Technology program’s breadth and depth is unique among the options I considered. This program was the only one I found to comprehensively cover both the concepts of sustainable building and urban development as well as the technical details and design tools of renewable energy generation, building science, and mechanical building systems".
- Keith Davidge

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

The Sustainable Energy and Building Technology Program provides a mix of theoretical and practical skills. Our labs are equipped with state of the art hardware, software and equipment to give our students and graduates hands-on experience. Students in the program have access to Humber’s LEED Gold Centre for Urban Ecology, an opportunity to study a sustainable building in operation and understand the relationship between design, construction and operation. SEBT students perform data analysis of 4 PV systems to understand how system components, orientation and tracking affect system performance. First year SEBT students participate in a small wood frame construction project in our indoor construction lab. Students work in teams to build small buildings, then test their thermal and air tightness characteristics.

Your Career

Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan places energy conservation and efficiency, as well as expanding renewable energy technologies, as key components of Ontario's energy future. Opportunities in the conservation and efficiency sector include energy auditing; energy modelling; energy management including building automation systems and managing mechanical systems; and building envelope retrofits. These opportunities are supported by provincially funded incentive programs for the residential, commercial and industrial sector administered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Local Distribution Companies (LDC's). Skilled workers are required to administer and implement the measures these incentive programs support.

Large utility scale wind developments have been growing in the province for more than a decade, and skilled people are required to perform site assessments of the wind resource; support the public consultation process prior to development; and work in all phases of design, construction and operation. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems generate electricity and, in Ontario, there is significant growth in the deployment of PV systems. Solar systems require people who can do site assessments to determine the potential of the solar resource, design the system, perform economic analyses and manage the construction and operation of the system. Wind and solar have been the most widely adopted technologies in the province, but the FIT program also supports small hydroelectric systems, biomass, biogas and landfill gas technologies.

Opportunities include:

  • sustainable energy project manager
  • energy auditor/analyst/modeller
  • sustainable building technologist
  • sales manager
  • technical support specialist
  • government energy policy analyst
  • sustainable project supervisor/manager
  • business operator/entrepreneur.
 

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