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Environmental Building Sciences (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1363
School:
Engineering & Information Technology

About the Program

This program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to effectively manage indoor environmental conditions throughout the building life cycle encompassing the identification, testing and remediation of problems in the building environment. Students will study building sciences, sustainability and energy management for building design and control, environmental legislation, air and water quality, assessment for communication of risk, hazardous materials assessment and abatement, sampling and testing methodologies, and project management and technical report writing. The program is experiential in nature with the incorporation of exercises, case studies, and practical laboratories in building sciences. In the final term, students will participate in a major project to address a present-day building environmental issue.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be well suited to careers within the expanding facilities management and industrial/occupational safety areas managing the indoor building environment.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
CONS8090 Building Construction
Description: This course explores aspects of building construction helpful to understanding the built environment and deals with the intrinsic connection between conceptual design and technological aspects of a building's structural materiality: reinforced concrete, precast and pre-stressed concrete, steel framing systems; building envelop: building science, curtain walls, window walls, glazing and roofing systems; fire protection design and the evolution of an industrialized method of designing and assembling buildings. The course studies materials and methods as applied to renovation projects and building additions. The course includes preservation and enhancement of existing materials and construction assemblies as well as the study of the juxtaposition of new materials and assemblies with those of the existing building. Studies are based on a variety of facets including visual, cost, climate, code and environment.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
CONS8100 Building Systems
Description: Through this course, the student will be introduced to the concept of the building as a living entity. The variety of systems within a building will be examined in relation to the problems which can result when these systems are poorly designed or do not function as intended. Physical factors that influence good design for performance, durability, health efficiency and sustainability of buildings will be studied. Common building design/construction problems that result in poor performance, expensive repairs, litigation, etc., their causes and solutions will be explored through studying famous, infamous and vernacular buildings, materials, details, etc. The principles of building science will be utilized to establish the appropriate performance characteristics of the systems as well as the preventative/corrective actions which could be prescribed when things go wrong.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: SCIE8000
CoRequisites:
Closed
ENVR3070 Hazardous Waste Site Worker Training
Description: Most environmental consulting firms and environmental contractors require field personnel to receive health and safety training. This course provides comprehensive health and safety training for work on hazardous waste sites. The training will be provided by a qualified instructor and will meet OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 40 hours training requirements.
The course will identify the nature of various hazards on these sites including chemical exposure, fire and explosion, oxygen deficiency, biological, physical and electrical hazards, heat stress, exposure and noise. The student will be instructed in site control, safe work practices, decontamination procedures, site emergencies and response procedures. Training will be provided in the use of field monitoring equipment and personal protective equipment.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ENVR8110 Air and Water Quality
Description: The origin, measurement and control of various types of air and water pollutants are studied in this course. The course reviews the fundamental gas laws and units used to measure air pollution. The origin of various types of air pollutants is outlined. Aspects of indoor air quality and noise will also be introduced.
The methods and protocols used in the measurement of air and water quality sampling of emission sources are presented. Factors affecting the methods used to model indoor air and water pollutants are studied.
Various air pollution control technologies are studied including absorption, adsorption, incineration, cyclones, filters, electrostatic precipitation and biofiltration. Air pollution problems on the macro scale (acid rain, ozone depletion, greenhouse effects) and the meso-scale (local industrial pollution) are introduced.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ENVR8120 Field Methods I
Description: This is a practical hands-on course that provides students with experience in using the latest field methods for work in indoor environmental sciences. In this first course, students will learn the foundations of sample collection – accepted protocols, equipment selection and use, sample preservation and transportation, safety, and methodological limitations. This course compliments the course themes explored in Air and Water Analysis, Building Sciences, and Hazardous Materials Assessment.
Students will also learn how to collect samples for the indoor environment. Students will be exposed to air quality testing procedures, measuring for considerations such as air flow, CO/CO2 saturation, air pressure, humidity, etc. Water quality testing will also be taught. Finally, students will be exposed to general sample collection practices, such as collecting mould, formaldehyde, and other known hazards. The course emphasizes learning through the use of labs, field exercises, field demonstrations and field trips.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ENVR8130 Energy and Design
Description: This course centers on issues surrounding the integration of Sustainable and Energy Conservation Design principles into conceptual and practical architectural design. Topics include: solar geometry, climate/regional limitations, vernacular architecture, lighting, and energy efficient design and sustainability initiatives. Projects will be used extensively as a vehicle to discuss the success/failure of ideas and their physical applications.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ENVR8140 Risk Assessment and Communication
Description: This course provides the student with an understanding of environmental risk pertaining to the built environment. The student will develop a working knowledge of the processes, components, data requirements, and methodology required for assessing indoor environment building risks and how to manage, document and communicate these.
Students will be exposed to considerations related to the processes of evaluating, quantifying and communicating the identified risks through course work, group discussion and case studies.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ENVR8150 Field Methods II
Description: This course expands on the Field Methods I course and provides in-depth exposure to other indoor environmental concerns. Students will continue to learn about building environments through hands-on use of equipment and sampling methodologies. This course compliments the course themes explored in Energy & Design, and Building Sciences. With foundational knowledge in air, water and other substances sampling, students will learn how to test and analyze for other environmental hazards and parameters. They will learn about the waste management process and how to measure building efficiency systems, such as heat flow and leakage, noise, and lighting. Students will also be exposed to special considerations in various airborne contaminants and infection control.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ENVR8160 Project and Technical Report Writing
Description: Students will complete this course in their final semester of the program using the skills learned in this course and other courses within the program to plan and execute a major project, present their project, and submit a technical report. The project, will be an extension of the concepts covered throughout the program, work experience and independent research, and will tackle relevant problems experienced in the built environment. Students are expected to apply their knowledge and provide workable solutions to case study projects, including addressing the technical, regulatory, social and economic elements of the issue. Students will learn how to create a detailed proposal identifying the scope of work, technical approach, project team, schedule, and budget.

Students will learn how to communicate scientific and technical information concisely and accurately using appropriate formats and graphical support. Students will study technical communication theory/ practice and apply the knowledge to creating, critiquing, and presenting technical documents. The oral project presentation will emphasize clear and concise communication of technical details and the use of appropriate visual support for technical information.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
LAW8260 Indoor Environmental Legislation
Description: This course provides a working knowledge of relevant environmental legislation at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels as related to indoor environments. Emphasis will be placed on the application of environmental laws and regulations to actual situations encountered by consultants, planners, municipalities, industry and contractors.
The course studies the relevance of environmental legislation to issues including indoor air and waste quality, solid and hazardous waste management, emergency planning, spills, and noise. The course will provide an understanding of the environmental approval processes and requirements, enforcement, penalties, liabilities, and reporting requirements. Case studies will be used extensively to demonstrate the application of environmental legislation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
MGMT8470 Project Management
Description: This course will provide an introduction to the principles and methodology of Project Management and the tools used to monitor and control projects. The relationships amongst the various players of a project will be explored, focusing on the role of the Project Manager. Fundamental project management topics will be explored including: project participants and stakeholders, organizing and managing projects, project chronology and related activities, project costing and scheduling, and project management controls.
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the structure, functions and operations of projects. A significant emphasis will be on problem solving and teamwork skills while also providing practical training on the software tools and project planning processes/techniques.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
SCIE8000 Scientific Principles
Description: This course offers an introduction to the general concepts of chemistry and physics for those interested in pursuing careers in the indoor environmental science field. The foundational principles of atomic structure, chemical bonding, properties of gases, liquids and solutions, chemical kinetics and equilibrium are covered. Real world environmental building issues are surveyed through the study of the chemistry of everyday materials (drugs, cleaning chemicals, etc.), and toxins. This course includes a laboratory component.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Karen Cain, kcain@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 2244

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