Green Building Technologies
Access Centre

Building for the future

Founded in 2008, the Green Building Technologies Access Centre (GBT) research division partnered with industry to identify and develop environmentally friendly technologies, processes, programs, systems, and services that will fundamentally change how we build, educate and develop skilled labour.

Since then, our mission is to provide training and education on green-building technologies to partners while also working to advance applied research and development in the commercialization of green-building technologies.

Our list of available services include:

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

Research themes

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

Our facilities


Green Building Technology Lab and Demonstration Centre

Explore our 6,350-square-foot living, breathing example of energy efficiency, building-integrated green technologies and renewable energy solutions. 

Integrated Solar and Rainwater Harvesting Labs

Used primarily for research, training and demonstration this lab is home to industry-leading solar energy generation and water filtration solutions. 

Solar Roller Mobile

Powered by solar generation, this 14 x 8 foot cargo trailer is used for research, training, education and outreach events.

The lab is designed for plug-and-play and is a fantastic hands-on learning tool for students. Beyond its practical application, it's an inspiring space, flooded with natural light and brimming with possibility.

Melanie Ross Scientific Lead, Green Building Technologies

Projects and initiatives 


The Confluence - a living building in southern Alberta

Living Building Challenge

A house like no other is taking shape in the foothills of southern Alberta. One that produces more energy than it uses, captures water on site, and is anticipated to achieve full certification through the Living Building Challenge.

Learn more about The Confluence
The welcome sign when entering Kanaka Bar near Lytton, British Columbia.

Kanaka Bar resilient housing solutions

The Kanaka Bar Indian Band partnered with SAIT on a pilot project focused on climate-resilient housing options for evacuees who lost their homes in the June 30, 2021, wildfire in Lytton, BC. 

How we helped Kanaka Bar rebuild
Man in boardroom

Do you have a project in mind?

Whether you're starting with an idea or an early design concept, we want to learn more. Our commitment is to provide exceptional value to our partners, staying mindful of budget constraints while actively pursuing funding opportunities on your behalf. Let's talk ideas and numbers.

A hub of innovation

The ARIS research and innovation hub brings together researchers, innovators, industry and students to develop skills and collaborate. Join the network now. 

Contact us

Applied Research and Innovation Services

a view of the moutains and stream in between

Oki, Âba wathtech, Danit'ada, Tawnshi, Hello.

SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.