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November 3rd, 2017

Solarthermal Fieldtrip

Students of the Renewable Energy Systems in Buildings course, taught by Prof. Ian Sinclair, visited a downtown Toronto building and examined the rooftop solarthermal air pre-heating system as well as the building's mechanical room and other features.

This unique experience allowed students to get a first-hand look at technologies examined in class, and ask questions around the installation, cost, and implementation barriers of the technology in practice.  



October 25th, 2017

EXOVA Laboratory Tour

First and second year building science students were given an opportunity to attend a seminar at EXOVA, and explore the facility's materials testing laboratories.  Seminar topics included insulation, and the importance of air barriers and air barrier standardized testing methods.

Students learned about testing equipment and procedures for heat flow, weathering tests, solar thermal array testing, and more. 

October 25th, 2017

Building Performance Assessment Class 

As part of the Building Performance Assessment course taught by Prof. Umberto Berardi, Masters and Undergraduate Building Science students field tested air and water leakage of a window.

October 12th, 2017

Ryerson Building Science Students Take 1st & 2nd Place at EGP Hackathon

The first EGP Greater Toronto Hackathon: Zero Carbon Retrofits took place on September 15th & 16th, 2017. In a charrette style, interdisciplinary teams of students and young professionals were given one day to create a net zero carbon emissions retrofit design solution for 3-storey elementary school in Toronto.

The winning design was proposed by Deva Veylan (Ryerson University, MBSc Candidate), Daniel Carey (Ryerson University, MArch Candidate), and Yazan Zafar. 

The second place design team included Jelena Madzarevic (Ryerson University, MBSc Candidate), Jordan Singh, Francisco Contreras, and Mariem Khadim. 





September 21st, 2017

Ryerson and UofT Students Tackle Strawbale Housing Hands-On

This summer students from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto participated in a strawbale build workshop in Callander, Ontario.

The project came about as a culmination of the client's need for an affordable house and the students' desires to delve deeper into the sustainable design industry. It provided students with valuable hands-on experience, from planning to implementation of the one-floor home built with strawbale SIPs construction. 

The workshop itself took place over two days, and students camped out beautiful North Bay while working on the project. 

Read more here and check out for more projects!



July 7th, 2017

MASc Student Awarded Top PhD Paper at International Conference

Chris Raghubar, a first year Master of Applied Science candidate in the Building Science Program, was awarded CIB W78's Charles M. Eastman Top PhD Paper award at the Joint Conference on Computing (JC3) in Heraklion, Crete, Greece for his paper titled "Integrating Visual Analytics and Machine Learning into BIM-Enabled Facilities Management" completed in collaboration with York University under the supervision of Prof. Jenn McArthur. The paper was co-authored by Nima Shahbazi (PhD Candidate, York University), Brandon Bortoluzzi (MArch Candidate, Ryerson University), Aijun An (Professor, York University), and Jenn McArthur (Ryerson University).  



April 22, 2017

US. DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition

LaneZero - Out of 39 collegiate teams, our team of Ryerson University and University of Toronto students took grand prize at the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s 4th annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition. Their proposal centres on Toronto’s laneways and sees them as an opportunity for vibrant new neighbourhoods within the existing downtown core.

Calling themselves “The Future City Collective” the students’ proposal was lauded for its architectural design, it’s comprehensive building science analysis, and a unique vision for the future of sustainable cities.



LANEZERO competition team holding their model house.
Outside of LANEZERO house with artist's mural on the wall.

March 21, 2017

Masonry Workshop

Students visited the Ontario Masonry Training Centre to gain first-hand experience in brick masonry construction. 

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Student laying bricks on a brick wall.
Student with a trowel full of mortar.
Group of students at masonry workshop with completed wall.
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Pumpkin Party

February 2, 2017

Evergreen Brickworks Building Tour

Evergreen Brickworks, located in the heart of the Don Valley, is an excellent example of a sustainable building that also tackles some very unique issues, such as flood risk mitigation.    

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Students examine mechanical systems.
Students gather outside Evergreen Brick Works for a guided tour of the building.
Group of students at Evergreen Brick Works.

October 24, 2016

Pumpkin Carving Party

To get the studio into the Hallowe'en spirit, Building Science graduate students held a pumpkin carving party! Students brought in their own treats - everything from cupcakes to pizza - and helped put together these spooky masterpieces.  

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Students making jack-o-lanterns.
Students holding their jack-o-lantern.
Three jack-o-lanterns in a row.
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Pumpkin Party

April 17, 2016

US. DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition

Eastern Pine - A low energy, eco-conscious, and healthy multi-family residential building designed by a group of architectural, building science, and mechanical engineering students won the first place in the Multi-Family category of the US. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition.

With consultation from the professors in the Department of Architectural Science and valuable input from industrial partners: Sustainable TO and Greening Homes, this project took advantage of the passive heating and cooling, incorporated highly insulated and well detailed envelope and properly sized systems. It was qualified for DOE Zero Energy Ready Home and PHIUS+ standard, as well as LEED for Homes Platinum certification.



Eastern Pine south elevation rendering showing the outside of the residential building.


February 9, 2016

New Solar Glass is for the Birds by Sarah Hall

Toronto based glass artist Sarah Hall uses electricity generating photovoltaic (PV) cells and coloured glass as a medium for her large-scale solar and art projects.

Her recent work builds on existing research in the field by collaborating with leading international scientists advocacy groups, research foundations, architects and manufacturers to develop a bird-friendly prototype that incorporates recent advances in organic solar technology.

Eight squares depicting Sarah Hall's work with colourful solar glass.