The School of Construction and the Environment is concerned with matters of the natural environment, the built environment, and the relationship between them. What better way to develop this relationship than through the establishment of a variety of centres and centres of excellence?
Each centre supports training and education, provide education transfer and technology transfer with respect to each centre’s area of interest and may conduct applied research. It is through each centre that the School of Construction and the Environment participates in national and international activities and partners with other institutions and organizations.
Building Science Centre of Excellence (BSCE)
The Building Science Centre of Excellence (BSCE) is an initiative of the School of Construction and the Environment at BCIT. Extending BCIT’s mandate to increase capacities in applied research, the BSCE provides advanced research and educational support to the construction industry.
Centre for Architectural Ecology
The Centre for Architectural Ecology is defined by collaborations in living architecture, acoustics and building science. As a research centre in BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, we are concerned with the natural and built environments and the relationship between them.
Centre for Energy System Applications (CESA)
The Centre for Energy System Applications (CESA) is within the School of Construction and the Environment at BCIT. The focus of the CESA is on better understanding the integration of energy systems applications through education and research.
Centre for Sustainable and Environmental Initiatives
The Factor Four philosophy introduced in the 1970s was built on the premise that at least a fourfold improvement in current resource productivity – the amount of wealth (services) generated per unit of resource used – is required for society to live sustainably within the earth’s carrying capacity.
The Rivers Institute
The BCIT Rivers Institute is focused on the protection and restoration of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and wetlands in British Columbia. We accomplish our mission by teaching the theory and practice of aquatic ecosystem restoration to full and part time students and industry professionals enrolled in the Ecological Restoration Degree Program.