Better Buildings

Boot Camp

August 22–26, 2022

Diploma & graduate students – learn how to make Better Buildings!

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Applications will open soon.

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Better Buildings Boot Camp

This Boot Camp (BBBC) is an opportunity for diploma and graduate students from a variety of disciplines and institutions, to collaborate with faculty, staff, and professionals through the integrated design and delivery process to develop more sustainable buildings.  This year’s program will focus on a deep energy retrofit of a campus building.

This program was created with input from sustainable building subject matter experts and faculty from Carleton University, George Brown College, Ryerson University, Seneca College, University of Toronto, and York University.


We spend 90% of our time in the buildings we live and work in, and buildings account for nearly 40% percent of worldwide GHG‘s. 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. To do this, Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) has organized a “Better Buildings Boot Camp” to bring together graduate and diploma students to learn how they can take responsibility for better buildings in the future. Better Buildings have a meaningful impact on our society.

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.

The week-long VIRTUAL Boot CamP

The program format will mirror an extended integrated design workshop, providing students with hands on experience of preparing for and participating in this process. The week-long virtual on-line program will run from August 22–26, 9 am to 3 pm. For the Boot Camp, a deep retrofit of an existing campus building has been identified, and students will be invited to review the project’s design and planning documentation, see a video tour of the building site, and, if interested, take part in creating the pre-workshop energy model to reflect the energy use, GHG emissions, and operating costs of the building in advance of the camp.

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The Boot Camp will consist of live webinar plenary sessions facilitated by professional and/or academic experts on topics relevant to the building (i.e. indoor environmental quality, opaque and transparent building assemblies, mechanical systems, financing, operations and maintenance, stormwater, alternative energy, etc.). 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. In addition, 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 see the energy model results live, and students will have an opportunity to present their own recommendations and ideas for the project team on Friday, August 26th.


At the December 2020 University of Toronto Governing Council Meeting, Khashayar Ebrahimi presented an overview of our Better Buildings Bootcamp which took place in August.

“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

Check out Khashayar’s full presentation here!

Better Buildings Boot Camp

August 22-26, 2022

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. The program is FREE.  Applications will open soon.

See what last year’s students had to say about the Better Buildings Boot Camp

Better Buildings Boot Camp is an annual event that is inspired by the theme of each year’s Green Building Festival (GBF). 2022’s theme is Positive.

At the end of the Boot Camp students will receive a free invitation to attend the GBF and a certificate of completion.

See the 2021 BBBC Report Here!

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Better Buildings Boot Camp