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Green Building Technologies

Green building technologies building at SAIT campus

The Green Building Technologies (GBT) research division started in 2008. ARIS has brought SAIT and GBT researchers together with industry partners to identify and develop environmentally friendly technologies, processes, programs, systems and services that will fundamentally change the way we build, educate and develop skilled labour.

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  • Partnering with industry in implementing green-building technologies
  • Providing training and education in green-building technologies
  • Advancing applied research and development towards the commercialization of green-building technologies

Research themes

  • Net-zero energy
  • Building integrated renewable energy
  • Architectural ecology
  • Smart building management
  • Materials and advanced component assembly

Service offerings

  • Early-stage business development
  • Design services
  • Construction consultation services
  • Fabrication, prototyping and installation services
  • Performance monitoring and management
  • Testing services
  • Education, seminars and workshops


Green Building Technology Lab and Demonstration Centre

As an applied research facility, the Green Building Technology (GBT) Lab and Demonstration Centre provide hands-on training and industry-based experience. Working in cooperation with builders, government, regulatory bodies and numerous stakeholders, the GBT team brings new products and processes to the green building marketplace. Our on-campus research facilities are flexible, living laboratories.

Leading the industry in net-zero energy design and integrated renewable energy solutions

With learning opportunities at its core, GBT engages students and researchers from multiple disciplines across different contexts and projects. Projects are typically undertaken by GBT to connect consumers, industry and education to deliver residential and commercial building solutions. The GBT research area offers a broad range of service lines, technical consultation and "R&D" resources, including building-integrated solar and water technologies as well as green materials fabrication, prototyping and product testing.

Facility highlights

The GBT Lab and Demonstration Centre is a 6,350 square foot living and breathing example of energy efficiency, building-integrated green technologies and renewable energy solutions. With additional square footage dedicated to specialized workshops, testing bays, storage and a large construction staging area, the entire facility totals over 16,800 square feet of research infrastructure.

Highlights include:

  • Green roof test plots for water dispersion control and building energy monitoring
  • Structural testing jigs for new building product performance measurement
  • Guarded hot box for wall and roof system performance testing
  • Lifecycle testing for wall, roof, cladding and building components
  • Electrical, plumbing and carpentry workshops
  • 5,800 square foot pre-manufactured construction and staging area
  • Solar carport and electric vehicle charging bays
  • Smart building monitoring and performance measurement
  • Solar aquatic and constructed wetland bio-filtration
  • Living wall comparative test plots

Integrated Solar and Rainwater Harvesting Labs

Used primarily for research, training and demonstration, the Solar Lab is home to industry-leading technology in solar energy generation, storage and use.

Powering the future of building-integrated renewables

SAIT designed and constructed the Solar Lab to demonstrate building-integrated renewable energy and to test new solar technologies. The complementary rainwater harvesting component was created for the design and testing of building-integrated water reclamation and water-filtration solutions.

The labs are housed in the same compound as the Green Building Technology Lab and Demonstration Centre and continue as two of the facility's flexible, living laboratories for research and development in the renewable energy industry.

Facility highlights

The labs feature fully operational solar photovoltaic (electricity) and solar thermal (heat systems), including rack-mounted and actuating solar panels that are directly integrated into the construction of the building.

The functional onsite harvesting, storage and re-use systems utilize a range of Architectural Ecology (AE) technologies. These AE technologies include green roofs, rainwater collection methods and numerous living walls that filter rainwater for grey water applications such as toilet flushing and irrigation.

The lab also includes green energy solutions and integrated mechanics for seasonal heat storage, battery storage and energy grid configuration. The latest addition to the lab is a solar carport, equipped with an electric-car charging station.

Solar Roller Mobile Lab

The Solar Roller Mobile Lab is used for research, training, education and outreach events.

Generating power anywhere, anytime

The Solar Roller is a fully functional, mobile trailer that is equipped with solar power generation and off-the-grid telecommunications equipment.

Facility highlights

The mobile lab is a 14 x 8-foot cargo trailer-conversion constructed by SAIT researchers, faculty, industry partners and students. A customized solar module racking system is built into the roof and holds moveable solar modules that sit at a 45-degree angle to capture optimal sunlight. The panels fold in and stack on top of each other for transport.

It features a battery-based solar system that captures and stores energy from the sun, as well as a computer monitoring station, battery storage and lab capabilities for experiential learning.

In addition to providing hands-on research and learning tool for students and industry partners, the Solar Roller is fully functional and doubles as a mobile, remote source of power.

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