About the School of Construction and the Environment
The School of Construction and the Environment is concerned with the natural environment, the built environment and the relationship between them. We are leaders in education, sustainability and applied research, delivering solutions for one planet living. The School of Construction and the Environment encompasses both technologies and trades programs. Our programs cover the full range from ecosystems and natural resources, to the built environment and engineered systems, spanning the full cycle of energy and material flows. Together this suite of programs comprises four educational portfolios that follow the School’s Sustainability Framework. The four educational portfolios within the SOCE are:
- Building Design and Construction Technology
- Building Design and Construction Trades
- Engineering and Natural Resources
- Industrial Construction
The School maintains a suite of applied research centers and industry services that advance the state of practice. The School is also the lead educational partner with Ecocity Builders on developing the International Ecocity Framework and Standards. The Factor Four initiative is a strategic initiative by the school that engages student, faculty, instructors and staff in educational opportunities and applied research to explore how a community adaptively restructures their built environment and changes behavior to support a 75% reduction in energy and material consumption.