Better Buildings Boot Camp

 “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.

Learn more about 2022’s programming here.


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

webinar plenary sessions

by professionals or academic experts


Individual panel style discussions 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


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!


“The value of the Better Buildings Boot Camp is that it begins to articulate the requirements for the next generation of high-performance buildings at U of T. Collaboration between sustainability experts and students from a diverse range of backgrounds has produced recommendations that will influence the design of this and other buildings at U of T.”

David Sasaki, Managing Director, Campus Planning, University Planning, Design, and Construction, U of T


Students share what aspects of the program they find most valuable

“Being able to work with people from various career backgrounds”

“Networking with professionals, their presentations covering all aspects for retrofitting the building in question and their general experience.”

“Getting to talk with students and experts from different educational backgrounds”

“Getting different perspectives of sustainable building”