2014/15 Program

Sustainable Energy and Building Technology

Our Program

Humber’s Sustainable Energy and Building Technology (SEBT) diploma program helps you develop the skills needed for a career in the growing green economy. Become skilled at providing integrated solutions with your knowledge of energy efficiency, green building practices and renewable energy sources.

The curriculum is designed with industry collaboration, ensuring the program is current and relevant. Courses focus on electric circuits, renewable energy technologies, building systems, thermodynamics and energy use, energy auditing, energy performance modelling software, sustainable design and resource management, project management, economic analysis, energy systems integration, building modelling software (AutoCAD and Revit). Get real-world experience and make valuable industry contacts with an optional work placement. With instruction in energy entrepreneurship, sales and marketing, you can become a successful business operator.

“I was hired right after graduating, in a position I got directly from my work placement. I wanted to work in a field where I would make a lasting difference in the world. With all the new development happening in Toronto, it’s very exciting to look at buildings and say that I had a role to play in them. I’m grateful to Humber that my future, and the future of others, looks extremely bright.”

Jodi, 2011 graduate energy analyst, Provident Energy Management Inc. (Toronto)

Your Career

The global shift by business and government toward sustainable development is creating a boom in opportunities for those skilled in the design, construction, retrofit and operation of energy efficient buildings and the implementation of renewable energy technologies.

New building codes and development standards have raised the bar on energy efficiency requirements. Traditional energy sources are being re-examined as concerns about the rising costs of fuels and infrastructure, interruptions to supply and the environmental impact of legacy systems is questioned. These conditions have created exciting opportunities to work on green building and renewable energy projects.

Humber’s Sustainable Energy and Building Technology (SEBT) program is your entry into this dynamic and evolving field.

Graduates can work in project management roles in the green building sector for both renovation/retrofit and new construction projects. These roles might include energy auditing and modelling, energy performance simulation or the design and operation of building automation systems. Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan calls for a shift from centralized to distributed electricity generation, with emphasis on conservation and demand management, as well as promoting renewable energy technologies, particularly solar and wind.

Opportunities include:

  • sustainable energy project manager
  • energy auditor/analyst/modeller
  • sustainable building technologist
  • sales manager
  • technical support specialist
  • government energy policy analyst
  • sustainable project supervisor/manager.
Work Placement

The Sustainable Energy and Building Technology program features an optional sustainable field experience of 400 hours (minimum). This offers practical experience in the energy efficiency, green building or sustainable energy industry sectors following semester four. Students must complete a career management workshop to help develop effective job and field experience search skills prior to the work experience. Humber works with business, industry and government to identify work placement opportunities.

Recently, a Humber SEBT student at his placement at the Humber Centre for Urban Ecology worked on the carbon neutrality component of the centre, leading to it being awarded the first Platinum Certification from EcoCentres Ontario.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward a variety of pathways to further study at many postsecondary institutions.

For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U)
  • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,794.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

Extra fees apply for optional field experience.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
CIVL 101 Surveying 1
CIVL 104 CADD Fundamentals
CIVL 105 Methods of Construction
WRIT 120 Technical Reading and Writing Skills
SNRG 103 Electric Circuits 1
TMTH 105 Technical Mathematics 1

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 220 Technical Workplace Writing Skills
SNRG 154 Building Systems
SNRG 155 Renewable Technologies
SNRG 153 Electric Circuits 2
TMTH 205 Technical Mathematics 2

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
CNST 250 Project Management Principles
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
SNRG 302 Building Energy Loads
SNRG 306 RE and Green Building Policies and Programs
SNRG 203 Computer-Aided Design 1
SNRG 206 Sustainable Building Design 1
SNRG 204 Low Energy Building Systems

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
SNRG 251 Principles of Management and Economics
SNRG 250 Energy Auditing
SNRG 252 Energy Performance Simulation Software
SNRG 257 Computer-Aided Design 2

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
SNRG 410 Energy Systems Integration and Programming 1
SNRG 303 Economic Analysis of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Systems
SNRG 304 Sustainable Building Design 2
SNRG 300 Capstone Project 1
SNRG 308 Computer-Aided Design 3

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
SNRG 351 Energy Entrepreneurship Sales and Marketing
SNRG 353 Sustainable Resource Management
SNRG 352 Sustainable Communities
SNRG 350 Capstone Project 2
SNRG 358 Energy Systems Integration and Programming 2