Living Lab Projects at BCIT

We've been working on Living Lab projects at BCIT since 2006. Here's a list of key projects currently underway, with links off to project information and partner websites where available.

Smart Microgrid Program

The Smart Microgrid Program is a major research project exploring multiple aspects of power transmission, power generation, and measurement. The research is led by the Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team (SMART), and involves partners across BCIT, government and industry.

Project Partners

Electric Vehicle (Level 2) Charge Stations
Facilities and Campus Development
Co-Generation Grid Tie In
School of Energy
Photovoltaic Panels


Environmental Controls Research
School of Energy
Domestic Hot Water Central Control System


Factor Four

Factor Four is a multi-building project designed to explore techniques for reducing energy and materials consumption by 75%. The project is led by the School of Construction & Environment.

Project Partners
Interior Design Program
SMART
Facilities and Campus Development
Facilities and Campus Development

Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research

The Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research uses a state-of the-art power generation facility to explore energy production, distribution and management. The project is led by the School of Energy.

Project Partners

Facilities and Campus Development
Geo-Thermal System Observation Window
School of the Construction & Environment
Sub-Station Observation Window
School of the Construction & Environment

Additional Living Lab Projects

Here is a sampling of some of the other Living Lab projects underway across the institute.

Project Sponsor & Partners
Centre for Architectural Ecology
Porous Pavement Testing Installation
Civil Engineering Program
Assembly Structures for Building Performance
Building Science Centre of Excellence
Aerial Imagery of Burnaby Campus Joint Project
Geo-Matics Lab
Green Roof Research Modules
Centre for Architectural Ecology
Gateway Geo-Thermal System Observation Window
Schools of Energy and Construction & Environment