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Sustainable Building Technology Diploma

The Sustainable Building Technology two-year curriculum provides students with the foundation needed to prepare, inspire, and mobilize the next generation of building technologists. This program covers the principles, concepts, and practices of project design to completion through whole systems thinking and multidisciplinary approaches which collectively enables students to deliver sustainably built environments that enhance human well-being.

The program is organized through five core streams which were developed by the Sustainable Building Technology faculty and through consultation with industry representatives. These allow for specialized education within the field of sustainability and the built environment and include the Sustainability, Building Design, Building Science and Systems, Construction Management, and Service Course streams. Together, these courses provide our graduating students with the ability to pursue careers in the (re)design, management, and execution of existing and new building projects. Specifically, the program learning outcomes include:

  1. Communicate a fundamental understanding of construction concepts, practices and regulations for new and existing structures;
  2. Measure and assess the sustainability performance of construction projects including embodied and operational carbon, energy savings, and overall human experience;
  3. Perform effective communication with clients, contractors, building professionals, and municipal authorities through Integrated Project Delivery practices;
  4. Define, describe, and discuss major theories and concepts within the field of building science;
  5. Illustrate how to work independently and interdependently as part of multidisciplinary project teams;
  6. Apply a whole systems thinking approach to design and construction activities to enable greater project potential; and
  7. Effectively realize design intent in executing construction through a proficient understanding of constructability and hands-on construction experience.

Practical learning experiences are incorporated throughout the program through site visits, real project case studies, hands-on building opportunities, and capstone projects. These experiences enrich the program and bridge the gap between the academic courses and the practical skills required by the students upon graduation. During the summer term break between years 1 and 2, the students also have the opportunity to further their practical experience through participating in a paid co-op program.

In addition, the students benefit from a blended learning format where courses are delivered face-to-face and through an online platform. This allows the students to actively participate in courses on the Okanagan College, Penticton Campus, and conveniently from home. Specifically, one day a week is devoted to online classes, three days a week are spent on campus, and the fifth day is set aside as a student group work and study day (with the exception of Term 1).

The College intends to obtain certification with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) for Architectural, Building and Construction Technologist.

Admission Requirements

  • BC secondary school graduation, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 60% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 12
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12
    • Principles of Mathematics 12
    • Applications of Mathematics 12
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 012
    • Okanagan College MATH 120

Or a minimum of 67% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011

Or a minimum of 70% in an Okanagan College Mathematics 11 Proficiency Test

One of the Grade 12 mathematics courses is recommended. The mathematics requirement must be successfully completed no more than seven years prior to enrolment in the program.

Program Outline

Term 1
SBT 102 Introduction to Design
SBT 112 Construction Drafting and BIM I
SBT 114 Sustainability and Ethics in Construction
SBT 115 Construction Methods I
SBT 124 Sustainability and the Built Environment
BUAD 128 Computer Applications I
CMNS 136 Technical Writing & Communications for SBT I
MATH 134 Mathematics for SCMT
Term 2
SBT 113 Quantity Surveying and Estimating I
SBT 116 Scheduling and Cost Control
SBT 120 Project Delivery
SBT 125 Construction Methods II
SBT 132 Introduction to Sustainability Assessment
SBT 134 Green Building Principles
SBT 144 Sustainable Methods and Technologies
BUAD 123 Management Principles
Term 3
SBT 212 - Construction Drafting and BIM II
Construction drafting is further explored through the introduction of three-dimensional modeling software and its application from design through to construction documentation. Students are introduced to the tools and concepts of working with parametric building three-dimensional models to create residential and commercial construction drawings. Additional topics include the four- and five-dimensional aspects of Building Information Modeling as they relate to the construction industry. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 112
SBT 213 - Quantity Surveying and Estimating II
Students will investigate complex project case studies. Students analyze architectural, structural engineering, and specialty documents to generate takeoffs for earthwork, concrete, wood, thermal and moisture protection, doors and windows, and finishes, with an emphasis on establishing a clear, task specific process. Students are introduced to Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Quotes (RFQ) procedures, as well as electronic takeoff and estimating software. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 113
SBT 214 - Biophilic Design
Biophilic Design is a design philosophy which aims to improve wellbeing through the human experience. Students will examine the principles, elements, practices, and benefits of incorporating biophilic design within our interior and exterior living spaces. Topics include human adaptations to nature, interrelated and integrated settings, emotional attachments to structures, the direct and indirect nature experience, as well as color psychology. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 102
SBT 218 - Building Systems and Energy Management
Students will be familiarized with mechanical and electrical systems in new and existing buildings. The focus is on Part 9 buildings but relevant systems are included for Part 3 buildings, as it pertains to the Energy Step Code. Equipment and appliance rating systems are discussed. Students examine fundamental energy management skills to effectively conduct energy modeling on new and existing buildings, energy conservation measures, financial viability of each option and post-construction performance verification. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 144
SBT 223 Sustainable Materials
SBT 224 Greening Existing Infrastructure
SBT 228 - Renewable Energy Technologies
Students are provided with a comprehensive overview of alternative energy sources, applications, technologies and strategies. Topics cover the latest developments relating to wind power systems, solar thermal heating and photovoltaic generation, geothermal heating, and electrical production, bio-fuels, waste- to-energy systems, energy storage, fuel cells, and hydroelectric power among others. Economic issues along with financial methodologies and incentives will also be considered. (2,1,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 134
SBT 251 - Capstone Project I
In this final-year project course, students work in small teams to solve challenging real-world problems proposed by community partners and college faculty. Students apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the program to projects that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the community. Upon project completion, the capstone project teams will prepare and present to members of the community and faculty an interim report outlining the project findings and its contribution to community sustainability. (0,4,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 125
Term 4
SBT 226 - Leadership and Innovation
Students are asked to draw together the knowledge from other courses and to consider the roles and responsibilities of team members throughout a typical construction project. Topics covered are transformational and value-based leadership, creating conditions open for innovative solutions by all team members. The course is taught partly through role-play in the context of real-life construction projects. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 216
SBT 230 - Construction Conflicts and Law
The students examine basic contract law and its application to construction contracts, including the liabilities and responsibilities of all parties to a contract, and ways to avoid and resolve conflicts that often arise for a variety of reasons during construction projects. Topics also include other construction related law such as builder's liens, debt collection, bonding, insurance, and environmental and safety law. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 120
SBT 234 - Sustainable Design and Development
Students perform an advanced investigation into how the design and development procedures of construction projects can be improved to meet Owner Project Requirements (OPRs) and sustainability goals. The students develop their own sustainable design proposals and present these in a format that is suitable for formal review by consultants. The students, drawing experience from pervious courses, also present their sustainable design proposals in a financial format appropriate for developers/owners. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 223
SBT 238 - Sustainable Business Case
Learners are introduced to the fundamentals of business cases and Intellectual Property Law. Learners conduct feasibility studies that review the functional, technical and operational feasibility of a service or product proposed to the construction industry. Learners also conduct an economic analysis of whole life costs, simple paybacks and life cycle assessments in order to assess the financial, environmental, and social impacts of the proposed service or product. (3,0,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 223
SBT 244 - Regenerative Design
Students explore the fundamentals of ecosystems which promote designs for regeneration. Students are taught the fundamentals of regenerative approaches to sustainable development and design which include place and potential, regenerative capacity, partnering with place, and progressive harmonization. Underlying topics include biomimicry, and biomimetic, restorative and regenerative design and development.
Prerequisite: SBT 228
SBT 252 - Capstone Project II
Students further their team efforts to solve the challenging real-world problem(s) chosen, with community partners and college faculty, in SBT 251. Students continue to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the program to their sustainability projects. Upon project completion, the capstone project teams prepare and present to members of the community and faculty a final report outlining the project findings and its contribution to community sustainability. (0,4,0)
Prerequisite: SBT 251
CMNS 146 Technical Writing & Communications for SBT II

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the prescribed courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

Program Area:


Campus (Intake):

  • Penticton (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2021-22: $14,673.80 (Total for the program)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program is student loan eligible.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 01/19/2022