What does the SBSP do? 

The Sustainable-Building Science Program explores lasting ways of building human habitats and connects people who are interested in advancing this conversation.

The SBSP is the first of its kind in Canada. It engages undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to develop the scientific knowledge, technologies and professional skills necessary to optimize the design and performance of sustainable buildings.

The aim is to create a rich, interdisciplinary, collaborative, scholarly environment for professional training and innovative research in sustainable-building science.

How does the SBSP work?

SBSP does not grant degrees, but rather enhances existing graduate-degree programs to provide a curriculum and environment conducive to training in sustainable-building education and research.

Who is involved with the SBSP?

Academic researchers and students:
Engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical and Computing); Science (Physics); Architecture; Health and Social Sciences (Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Population & Public Health); and Forestry.

Industry partners:
Perkins+Will, Stantec, Krieger S.R.M., BC Hydro, City of Vancouver

What is a program trainee?

SBSP trainees are accepted undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that have been first admitted into home-department programs.

Trainees may receive funding, and a certificate, from SBSP, but will graduate with a degree from their home units.

What awards and funding are available?

SBSP has been provided funds by the NSERC CREATE program for 6 years.

All students who are completing research with a SBSP faculty member will be eligible for funding.

How do program trainees apply?

Trainees apply to a graduate-degree program suitable to their background skills and research interests to work under the supervision of a SBSP research faculty member; once admitted they will be eligible to apply for a fellowship in SBSP in conjunction with the faculty member.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies administers applications and formally admits graduate students.

The SBSP does not grant degrees, rather it enhances existing graduate-degree programs

What are the program requirements for trainees?

Graduate trainees are expected to take the SBSP Topics and Project courses, and to attend the seminar series.  They should be open to giving a seminar on their work.  They must submit an annual progress report, and other information about their academic progress.

Can I be involved with the SBSP if I’m not a trainee? 


Become an Associate if you are a student with a research focus centered on a topic related to sustainability, building and science, and you want to interact with SBSP team members.

Become a Research Collaborator if you are an academic or professional researcher whose focus is centered on a topic related to sustainability, building and science, and you want to interact with SBSP researchers.

Become an Industrial Collaborator if you are a professional involved in the sustainable-building science sector and would like to benefit from access to academic networks and resources, and contribute to the SBSP mission.

Why do I want to be involved with the SBSP?

Because you are a student, researcher or other professional involved in creating sustainable buildings, who recognizes that this is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor involving a wide range of scientific and other disciplines, and who wants to join and contribute to building a community of like-minded people, to advance your academic and professional objectives.

What employment opportunities are available for graduates?

  • Building Architecture and Engineering (Stantec; Busby-Perkins-Will; Smith-Carter; Reid-JonesChristofferson; Cobalt Engineering; Omicron Engineering)
  • Building Technology Suppliers (SunCentral Inc.: solar lighting; D-Point: heat-recovery ventilators; Pulse Energy: energy-management software; Honeywell: building controls and sensors; Haworth: building interior components)
  • Research and education (U. Toronto; Concordia U.; Ryerson; UC Berkeley; Inst. for Res. in Construction, NRC; BCIT)
  • Public Sector (Public Works Canada; City of Vancouver; UBC Sustainability Office)