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BCIT is undertaking innovative research that is helping to contribute to a more sustainable future.


Applied research

Research conducted at BCIT focuses on activities with industrial and commercial relevance, where partnerships lead to benefits for the institution, business and industry, and students.

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Research committees

School Research Committees bring together faculty and staff from different disciplines and departments to identify common and emerging areas of research expertise and interest.

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Research areas

Research at BCIT is conducted by the full-time research staff of our Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) , within the Learning & Teaching Centre, and by faculty from more than 200 technical programs within six different schools.

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Maureen Connelly pioneers green roof research

Research head Maureen Connelly won a national grant in 2003 supporting a Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology for three years. The funding, from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), recognized the potential already demonstrated at BCIT. The Centre is now the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology, with research collaborations in the areas of green roofs and walls, living architecture, acoustics and building science.

Power Tower – research & training for solar energy

In 2003, BCIT students, faculty and staff collaborated to design and build the Power Tower which provides a practical demonstration project for research and teaching in solar energy technology.

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Solar canopy

The Solar Canopy project, a UBC initiative, received $2 million from BC’s Clean Energy Fund in 2008 and was a 2008 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award Finalist in New Technology of the Year.