Research Centres

Building Science Centre of Excellence (BSCE)

Research activities in the BSCE are centred on themes related to the performance of a building as a whole, including the building envelope and its durability and energy performance, and healthy indoor environment. Facilities include a Hygrothermal Property Measurement Laboratory, Building Envelope Test Facility, Water Penetration Test Chamber, Environmental Chamber, and Whole Building Performance Research Laboratory (WBPRL). 
Location: NE1
Contact: Fitsum Tariku
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Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI)

The Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) is the home of BCIT's three dedicated research groups: MAKE+, NRG and SMART, and supporting labs.  Formerly known as the Technology Centre, it has been a hub of multi-disciplinary research and development projects for business and industry for 25 years. Research activities at CARI focus on product and process development and evaluation; Smart Microgrid research; and product quality and process improvement relating to natural health and food products.
Location: 4355 Mathissi Place (CARI building)
Contact: James Albright
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Centre for Architectural Ecology (CAE) - Collaborations in Living Walls and Green Roofs

The BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology - Collaborations in Green Roofs and Living Walls is evaluating the function and performance of green roofs and living walls in the rainforest climate of coastal B.C.,through collaborations with industry, government and academic partners. Facilities include the BCIT Green Roof Research Facility in Vancouver, White Rock Operations Centre, and Elevated Research Platform and Sound Transmission Facility at BCIT Burnaby.
Location: NE3
Contact: Maureen Connelly
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Centre for Cyber Security

The BCIT Centre for Cyber Security is an interdisciplinary centre for research and education. Our primary goal is to advance the state of practice in areas related to information security and computer crime. Towards this end, we support BCIT’s educational offerings in Computer Security and Forensics. We also conduct both theoretical and applied research in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, the following: Cryptographic protocol verification, Privacy and Trust, Criminal Intelligence Analysis, Network Security, Sensor Networks, Ethics and Policy.
Contact: Aaron Hunter
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Centre for Energy Systems Applications

The BCIT Centre for Energy Systems Applications will conduct applied research to transfer emerging technology in an integrated system approach and will consider conservation techniques, renewable (photovoltaics, micro-hydro, biomass, etc.), alternative and emerging energy systems (hydrogen, geoexchange, etc.) as they relate to integrated building design and construction, waste management, climate change, and overall global energy sustainability. Applied research at CESA will focus on applications to the built and natural environments, standards and best practices, efficiencies and conservation.
Contact: Andrea Linsky
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Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology that Enables (CREATE)

CREATE is a partnership between the Neil Squire Foundation and BCIT. The Centre is a unique research facility in BC devoted to applied research and development activities related to devices, technologies and products for persons with disabilities and those recovering from injury or illness.
Location: CARI
Contact: Silvia Raschke
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Food Processing Resource Centre

BCIT’s Food Technology program serves as a catalyst to improve the B.C. food industry. Access to our expertise and physical assets enables companies, entrepreneurs, and consultants working within the industry to:
* Engage in product development
* Explore and adopt advanced process technologies
* Optimize their market position through continuous learning and innovation
Location: SW1
Contact: Erin Friesen
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Forensic Video and Surveillance Technology Laboratory

The Centre conducts investigative research in the analysis of forensic, biological and physical samples
Location: SE42, DTC
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Integrated Molecular Biology Lab (IMBL)

IMBL enables applied research focused on innovation in life sciences. Projects range from assisting early-stage life sciences projects, to conducting assay development and genomic analyses, as well as consulting on research projects.
Location: SW9
Contact: Joan Shellard
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Rehabilitation Engineering Design Lab

The REDLab is the central hub for Dr. Jaimie Borisoff’s Canada Research Chair in “Rehabilitation Engineering Design”. The REDLab works with a diverse, inter-disciplinary network of researchers (e.g. Rehabilitation Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Mechanical Engineering, Human Kinetics, and others), as wells as industry and community partners. The research program focuses on studying and developing technologies that positively impact a person’s ability to interact with the built and natural environments, and/or promote health and community participation for those with disabilities. This research entails 1) studying the issues, barriers, and gaps faced by people with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments; and 2) developing new technologies to help mitigate these issues.
Location: CARI
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Rivers Institute

The Rivers Institute will build on the BCIT vision of being integral to the economic, social and environmental prosperity of British Columbia by uniting the public in an effort to protect the world's rivers; increasing public awareness about the importance of our waterways; conducting state-of-the-art river-related research; and providing financial support to students.
Location: SW1-2044
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Centre of Excellence for Sustainability, Infrastructure, and Transportation Economics (SITE)

The Centre of Excellence for Sustainability, Infrastructure, and Transportation Economics (SITE), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) School of Business, assists the BC infrastructure and transportation industry sectors in finding solutions to business problems. The SITE team includes faculty members who are specialized in variety of fields, including economics; operations management, finance, project management, environmental management, statistical analysis and information management.
Location: SE6-375 IBM Technology Building
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Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research

The Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research is the School of Energy's boiler, co-generation and industrial instrumentation facility, drawing together students, faculty and operations personnel in a cross-disciplinary learning and research environment focused on energy production, distribution, sustainability and management. It includes a multi-fuel boiler and a 220 kW electrical generator which is tied in to BCIT's Smart Microgrid.
Location: SE8
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Discovery Parks - Technology Place

Technology Place is a Discovery Parks Realty Corp building on the BCIT Burnaby campus. It has office and laboratory space that can be customized for a wide range of wet lab, dry lab, office and technology tenants. Tenant companies are mainly in life sciences sectors, but also include software, hardware, cleantech, digital media, and air quality and allergen testing. Through the Applied Research Liaison Office (ARLO), Technology Place tenants have the opportunity to connect with BCIT faculty and student researchers, equipment and lab facilities from more than 200 technical programs, and access campus facilities such as the library and fitness centre. The incubation of many small and medium-sized companies in one building creates synergy and an optimum environment for research and development.

Contact: Laura Cassin 
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