Our research in sustainable, green technology is changing the skyline of our cities, one building at a time.
Our research in Sustainability and the Built Environment connects the Canadian construction sector to market-focused applied research that accelerates local, sustainable innovation.
We help local industry bring their ideas to market, giving Ontario’s small to medium sized enterprises a way to test, prototype and commercialize a variety of green technology, including building automation and sustainable energy production.
Applied research in this sector fast-tracks the business life cycle, developing new technologies and products that will have a lasting impact on our community.
Welcome to the Green Building Centre.
The Green Building Centre, built in 2012, is the first facility of its kind. Integrated into the existing structure of the Casa Loma campus, the GBC Green Building Centre helps SMEs innovate and get new products to market faster.
The Green Building Centre is supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab
The Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab works with the industry to introduce improve sustainable design processes and apply this technology to the life cycle of buildings, through the creation and management of unified 3-dimensional (3D) digital representations of buildings.
Smart Building Automation
Operating for the last five years, the Building Automation Lab has tested products to make buildings “smarter.” In 2014, George Brown was awarded a five-year NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges headed by Dr. Amir Shabini in Smart Connected Buildings, working with partner industries on different aspects of an IBAS to understand building’s behavior using big energy data analytics.
Building Sciences and Building Envelope Labs
The Building Sciences and Building Envelope Labs provide a test site and demonstration lab for technology companies who want to refine prototypes and test innovative green building systems, materials and technologies in a realistic setting, as well as support testing to increase energy efficiency in a variety of buildings.
The ARGILE Project
ARGILE is a research arm that focuses on the development of a new and innovative “green” re-cladding system for old or “vintage” buildings, ultimately, to be adapted and expanded to work with many other types of buildings.
Mass Timber Institute
The Mass Timber Institute aspires to be an ambitious and unique public-private collaboration focused on ground-breaking research and development as well as specialized teaching and training regarding mass timber tall wood buildings and the use of advanced wood products.
ADVANCED PROTOTYPING & PRODUCT DESIGN
The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) is a Toronto-based academic program and studio that focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy. LEARN MORE.