Environmental Building Sciences

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1363

About the program

This program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to effectively manage indoor environmental conditions throughout the building life cycle encompassing the identification, testing and remediation of problems in the building environment. Students will study building sciences, sustainability and energy management for building design and control, environmental legislation, air and water quality, assessment for communication of risk, hazardous materials assessment and abatement, sampling and testing methodologies, and project management and technical report writing. The program is experiential in nature with the incorporation of exercises, case studies, and practical laboratories in building sciences. In the final term, students will participate in a major project to address a present-day building environmental issue.

Admission requirements

  • A degree in science, engineering, a health-related field, or another related field from an accredited college or university OR
  • A three-year advanced diploma from an accredited college in architecture, mechanical, civil, environmental, or electrical engineering technology
  • Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of academic performance (grades), length and discipline of degree/diploma. Preference may be given to applicants who have successfully completed a chemistry course at the post-secondary level.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants with documents (transcripts) from an educational institution from a country other than Canada must have their documents evaluated for equivalency at an approved provider of credential evaluation services. Applicants to this program require a Comprehensive or Course-by-Course Report. Please see How to Apply for more information.

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this program will be well suited to careers within the expanding facilities management and industrial/occupational safety areas managing the indoor building environment.

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Program outcomes

  • Evaluate building specifications and drawings to facilitate the design, construction and maintenance of buildings that are environmentally sound and provide a healthy indoor atmosphere.
  • Apply regulations and control processes to address the major sources of chemical, biological, and physical hazards within building environments.
  • Make recommendations to address potential hazards to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements governing the indoor built environment encompassing environmental and industrial guidelines, government codes, and standards.
  • Manage risk by identifying and assessing sources of contamination in the building environment while ensuring timely, ongoing and appropriate communications to stakeholders.
  • Provide recommendations to the design team incorporating the principles of sustainability and green architecture into building design.
  • Apply the principles of building science to achieve occupant comfort, energy management and operational objectives during the life cycle of the building.
  • Apply sample collection and field measurement techniques using appropriate testing equipment to ensure compliance with industry and government standards and guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret results from sample collection and field measurement data in order to support recommendations for environmental improvements.
  • Solve environmental building technical problems using the principles of mathematics and science.
  • Organize data and information to prepare and deliver technical reports and specifications according to applicable standards and guidelines.
  • Manage technical projects and teams using appropriate methods and tools to support achievement of project goals.
  • Design solutions to address environmental building science problems based upon stakeholder requirements and in compliance with environmental standards.

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