Both the Canadian Housing & Construction Centre and AFRESH Home research are now under the jurisdiction of the Centre for Energy Systems Applications. For more information, please contact Jennie Moore, BCIT's Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship.


The AFRESH Home is an integral educational resource within the School of Construction and the Environment. Programs that utilize the AFRESH Home for educational purposes include:

  • Interior Design
  • Architectural and Building Technology
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy Management
  • Electrical
  • Piping
  • Carpentry
  • Joinery

The AFRESH Home also serves as an applied research facility supporting research projects through the:

  • Building Science Centre
  • Centre for Energy Systems Applications
  • Centre for Infrastructure Management
  • Group for Advanced Information Technology - Smart Micro Grid

The building is located in the Northeast part of the BCIT Burnaby Campus, at NE3 on the campus map, and comprises part of BCIT's Sustainability Precinct that aims to advance the state of practice in the adaptive restructuring of the built environment to achieve significant reductions in energy and materials consumption without compromising service levels.

Tour Bookings:

Due to extensive use of the AFRESH Home for education and applied research, tours can be scheduled during the following times and are subject to availability:

  • Wednesday afternoons between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday mornings between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

To arrange for a tour at the AFRESH Home please contact Alexandre Hebert, BCIT Energy and Sustainability Manager at e: or t: (604) 451-7011. To ensure safety and security of people and equipment within the AFRESH Home, all tours must be accompanied by a School of Construction and the Environment employee. The School is not responsible for catering, clean-up, or repair to any damage resulting from a tour. Recovery of costs incurred as a result will be cross-charged to the organization or BCIT department that books the tour. Finally, the AFRESH Home also serves as office space for employees. Tour groups are asked to respect the employees whose office environment will be affected by traffic and noise.