NSCC’s Centre for the Built Environment: blending environmental stewardship and technology

Nova Scotia Community College

Situated on Halifax Harbour—part of Nova Scotia Community College’s Waterfront Campus—is the LEED-, BOMA BESt Platinum- and Audubon-Certified Centre for the Built Environment (CBE). A 120,000 square foot, living research laboratory, the CBE blends the natural environment with the built environment; a unique concept for a trades and technology space.

The CBE features large operable walls and doors that can be opened or closed to create flexible workspaces—allowing various trades to work together collaboratively as they would in industry, or independent of one another. The goal of the space is to offer learning environments that enable students to see first-hand how building systems function, and access the latest in alternative energy technologies.

In the design phase, NSCC placed emphasis on sustainable building practices, environmental stewardship and collaborative learning. Today, the facility brings together students, staff and industry partners to develop, test and prove the built environments of the future, and lead the way toward more sustainable building practices.

Equipped with advanced skills and knowledge about sustainable practices provided by this new educational model, NSCC graduates will lead the way in raising awareness about environmental stewardship in the workplace and transform their communities in the future.

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