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Amid a pandemic, U of T Engineering Design Team pushes ahead on energy retrofit project

Northern Light Solutions team at their energy audit at Orde Street Public School.

One lesson this pandemic brought to light is that a reduced carbon footprint can have a measurable impact on the environment. Students from the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering knew that to be the case when they began work on an energy retrofit project for a local school.

Northern Lights Solutions (NLS) is a student design team in the Canadian/National Electrical Contractors Association University of Toronto Student Chapter (CECA/NECA U of T). Each year, the team takes part in the ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge (GEC). They partner up with a local community service organization, to propose retrofits and implement an energy awareness campaign that helps the facility to reduce its overall energy consumption.

“This competition is a great chance for us students to learn about sustainable building designs and give back to our local community,” said Noah Cassidy (CivE Year 4), President of CECA/NECA U of T. “I love building on our past success with enthusiastic students and initiatives to enhance the competition experience.”

NLS tours of a real solar panel system on campus.

Before the 2020 GEC began, the CECA/NECA U of T Executive Team improved their recruiting efforts with a series of workshops focused on each sub team in the competition. These workshops ranged from interactive activities to tours of a real solar panel system on campus (pictured on the right).

“The executive team took a different approach to marketing our club early on this school year,” said Pavani Perera (CivE Year 4), Student Outreach Coordinator of CECA/NECA U of T. “These workshops let us engage with new students by giving them the chance to find out which sub-teams align with their interests and skills. From there, we ended up with a diverse, committed team to tackle GEC”.

With new recruiting initiatives, NLS continues to grow with students from various STEM programs passionate about green energy, community involvement, and leadership development. The 2020 GEC team leads include: Rose Zhang (CivE Year 2) (Co-Project Manager); Adrian Sin (CivE Year 3) (Co-Project Manager); Mahia Anhara (CivE Year 3) (Project Management); Bo Zhao (CivE Year 1) (Building Energy Performance); Ziyi Wang (CivE Year 2) (Lighting), Keziah Nongo (CivE Year 2) (Solar), and Kin Hey Chan (CivE Year 1) (Community Engagement).

This year, NLS is working with Orde Street Junior Public School, located right by the U of T campus in downtown Toronto. In February, the team conducted an energy audit at the school to figure out energy usage with electricity, building enclosures, mechanical systems, and lighting.

Since then, each sub team was hard at work developing retrofits that could realistically be implemented to improve the facility’s energy performance as well as generate energy on-site. The main goal is to find cost-effective ways to achieve net-zero energy, in which the facility generates as much or more energy as it uses. Some retrofits the team focused on include efficient boilers, light shelves, and a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system connected to the grid.

The unique challenge this year was the outreach portion of the project. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the team could not carry out their energy awareness campaign in person at the school; instead, they took a more creative approach with virtual learning. NLS created a series of remote lesson plans for both elementary and intermediate level students at the school.

“Our team has put together lesson plans, videos, blog posts, and an online game with the themes of energy, building materials, and how the indoor environment impacts human wellbeing,” said Chan. “It’s been fun for us to create and we hope the students learn to do their part for the environment right from home. We really appreciate the support from the school staff and parents in delivering this material”.

NLS wrapped up their proposal for the June 1st GEC deadline. They are determined to top their second place finish last year for their work at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church in North York. Back in September 2019, they got the exciting opportunity to present that project and be recognized at the NECA Convention in Las Vegas. This year, if selected as a top team, NLS will get to present their proposal in Chicago!

“We’d like to thank Professor Brenda McCabe (our faculty advisor), the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, and our industry connections at CECA for the amazing support and resources they provide us with each year. We plan to continue working hard to help our local communities!” said Cassidy.


MEET: Simonne Varela

Civ Club Chair 2019-2020

CIV CLUB CHAIR — Simonne Varela (CivE fourth year, 1T9 + PEY), the Civ Club Chair, in the Civ Club on Friday, October 4, 2019. The Civ Club is for Civil Engineering students in CivMin.
PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T

Simonne Varela (CivE fourth year 1T9 + PEY),  Chair of Civ Club, is a natural for the demanding role of coordinating student interests and exercising her social skills – her exuberance is infectious and can make an ordinary greeting seem like a special occasion.

Freshly back to school from a PEY (Professional Experience Year), Varela is accustomed to juggling many responsibilities simultaneously, and has added another extracurricular activity to her mix – intramurals soccer. “I’m doing intramural soccer this year, as I thought it would be a fun break from my other commitments.”

Varela encourages her student colleagues, no matter their year, to get involved in other pursuits while at U of T. “I think one of the biggest struggles in first year is you’re coming out of high school where you were expected to do all your homework and do all the practice problems. But it’s sort of important to understand that sometimes practice problems are just there for practice. Remember to study smart, rather than just studying all of it, because it can get really overwhelming with this course load.”

“Remember what actually matters to you. Also, just get involved and take a break from studying sometimes – that’s how you make friends with similar interests and remember it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.”

Philosopher’s Walk, known for its meandering path amongst greenery, is one of her favourite parts of campus – truly a hidden gem.


MEET: Jihad Raya

Min Club Chair 2019-2020

MIN CLUB CHAIR — Jihad Raya (MinE fourth year, 1T9 + PEY), the Min Club Chair, in the Min Club Lounge for Lassonde Mineral Engineering students in CivMin.
PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T

Jihad Raya is a busy fourth year Lassonde Mineral Engineering student, as well as Min Club Chair, but is also a firm believer in “me time” to help keep everything in perspective.

“Take the time to go out with friends, to go out with family, to go out and have fun. It doesn’t have to be going out drinking and all that – I think a lot of people get that impression. Honestly, go out for dinner, go play board games, if that’s what you’re into. Just get away from school for a bit,” declares Raya.

He’s personally proven the work-life balance approach while on his PEY (Professional Experience Year) at Kinross Gold Corp, as well as tied it to academic success. “The most fun I had was in my third year, and it was also my highest performing [academic] year. I understood myself a little bit better, and how to study. Just being able to relax and turn it off every once in a while kind of allows you to get through that mental ‘reset’ you sometimes need.”

Raya’s believes in fostering a sense of belonging in his role, and finds himself at home in the Lassonde Mineral Building. “The [Min] Club is the whole community – I think it’s really tightknit and is unique within the Department and the entire Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. Because of our size – we’re a smaller program obviously – it’s something really unique that we have. And while others may look at the program size and say it’s a negative; we kind of think it as a positive. We know all of our professors, we all know each other, and we’re all friends.”

Academic and professional opportunities for those in Lassonde Mineral Engineering are abundant, Raya says, “We’re really blessed. There’s so many scholarships and opportunities provided by the [mining] industry that benefit so many students here. Sometimes people don’t apply, so the scholarships don’t get used – make sure you apply.”

Networking at events hosted by companies on campus are numerous, but worth the time.

With a regularly-scheduled Friday night off, Raya says it’s important to keep that appointment and believes everyone should do something similar. “Just scheduling some time for just me time works. Honestly, sometimes the easiest way is to just to say I don’t need to worry about school right now. I think it helps me de-stress, it helps me perform better.”

 

By Phill Snel


‘A different kind of family’: Three international students on why they chose U of T Engineering

Second-year civil engineering student Oskar Rudolf Emanuel Andersson, who hails from Sweden, chose U of T for its reputation. (Photo courtesy of Oskar Rudolf Emanuel Andersson)

Each year, hundreds of top students from around the world choose to study at U of T Engineering. International applications have increase by more than 40 per cent over the last three years, and international students now make up more than a quarter of the undergraduate population.

This growing interest reflects both the Faculty’s global reputation and the many opportunities afforded to U of T Engineering students, both before and after graduation. In addition to the work-integrated learning offered through U of T Engineering’s Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) program, international students can work up to three years in Canada after completing their degrees.

Three international undergraduates recently shared their thoughts on choosing U of T Engineering, their student experience so far, and their engineering career aspirations.


Oskar Rudolf Emanuel Andersson — Sweden

Although higher education in Sweden is free for students from European Union countries, Andersson (Year 2 CivE) sought to study engineering at U of T because of its reputation as a top engineering school.

“So far, it’s been great,” he says. “Engineering is challenging, but there is a supportive student community that alleviates it a little bit.”

Andersson says settling into life in Canada was easier than he expected, “thanks to the large international community that understands what it’s like to start a new life in a new country, and are willing to help you,” he says.

As he gets set for final exams, capping off his second year, he is already planning his future goals — a career in structural engineering — and how to leverage the opportunities available at U of T Engineering, including the PEY Co-op program, which he hopes to enter in his fourth year.

“A lot of my courses have already encouraged learning in a practical way, making us think of how to apply theoretical concepts to real-life problems,” he says. “The PEY Co-op program will further this learning and help me gain the real-world experience I need to succeed once I graduate.”

Andersson’s advice to international students considering U of T Engineering: “It gets easier once you get used to your studies and get to know the city and its people better. The experience is worth it.”

Deniz Nalbantoglu chose Canada because she felt the country was more open and welcoming towards international students. (Photo credit: Nick Iwanyshyn)

Deniz Nalbantoglu — Turkey

When Nalbantoglu (Year 2 IndE) finished high school in Istanbul, she says she had two options: study in Canada or the United States.

Nalbantoglu says she chose Canada because she felt the country was more open and welcoming towards international students. She chose to study at U of T Engineering because of its global reputation and ranking.

Now in her second year, Nalbantoglu says today she has two homes. “Home for me is where my family is and that’s why Turkey – Istanbul – is home, but Toronto is my second home since I have a different kind of family here, with my friends,” says Nalbantoglu.

Industrial engineering has been a great fit for Nalbantoglu, who loves the program’s emphasis on productivity and efficiency, and says the field offers many opportunities, including in management.

“I didn’t want to limit myself – and in industrial engineering there is no limit,” she says. “I don’t want to sit in an office all day and work with numbers. Industrial engineering is something that would allow me to use my social skills.”

U of T Engineering has challenged her, and helped her grow, she says. “I believe U of T made me more independent and boosted my self-confidence.”

Kaushal Binani says he’s especially enjoyed his interactions with his course professors. (Photo credit: Liz Do)

Kaushal Binani — India

For Binani (Year 3 ChemE), as with Nalbantoglu, Canada’s reputation as a welcoming and diverse country was also a major factor.

What ultimately swayed him was “considering international reputation, campus location, and post-graduation career prospects,” says Binani, who is originally from Mumbai. “U of T Engineering checked off all of those boxes.”

Binani says he’s especially enjoyed his interactions with his course professors. “I quickly realized that even a short conversation with a professor can teach me things no textbook can,” he says.

As an international student, Binani acknowledges that his academic journey has had challenges, including adjusting to living in a new country and balancing studies and personal time — but says it’s led to personal and professional growth.

“I strongly believe that studying and living in Toronto has made me a more responsible and independent person,” he says. “I’ve also gotten so much exposure to different cultures, which has helped me gain a broader worldview.”

Over the last three years, Binani has immersed himself in business and finance courses in pursuit of an Engineering Business certificate, as he hopes to use these competencies to one day start his own chemical manufacturing company.

“I feel academically equipped and ready to start my career and solve future business problems,” he says.

By Liz Do & Cansu Aydemir


This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News.


Lassonde Mineral Engineering Students take gold – 4 oz of gold

Winning Lassonde Mineral Engineering Team (Zawwar Ahmed (MinE Year 3), Dalton Veintimilla (MinE Year 4), Ice Peerawattuk (MinE Year 4) and Jihad Raya (MinE PEY)) with Candace MacGibbon, CEO of INV Metals (at centre).

This weekend, Zawwar Ahmed (MinE Year 3), Ice Peerawattuk (MinE Year 4), Jihad Raya (MinE PEY) and Dalton Veintimilla (MinE Year 4) successfully defended their first place title in the Goodman Gold Challenge (GGC) in Sudbury.

The GGC is a competition at Laurentian University that invites undergraduate students to assess three gold companies as investment opportunities. In teams of four, students recommend one of the three companies to a top-tier client.

The Lassonde Mineral Engineering team won the cash equivalent of four ounces of gold for their outstanding use of their academic and practical skills at the GGC.

Congratulations from the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering. Keep up the good work!

 


U of T Students are connecting communities around the world, one bridge at a time

In June 2018, the University of Toronto Engineers in Action team (formerly Bridges to Prosperity) constructed a 64-metre suspended footbridge over the Gonchu Mayu river in Bolivia, their third bridge project since 2016.

The project began in January 2018 when Engineers in Action was asked to design and build a bridge for Tablas Monte, a village of 140 families located on the tropical slopes of the Andes. Community members had difficulty crossing the nearby river of Gonchu Mayu to reach agricultural lands. The unsafe access has resulted in three fatalities over just three years.

To complete the bridge, the team’s most ambitious and difficult project to date, students faced a long 40-minute commute to the site, requiring them to wake before sunrise and work until after sunset each day. Other challenges include a river profile, which varied greatly from the survey that they originally received; and the necessity to use a deadman anchor in dynamited rock. Despite these challenges, the team completed a bridge of great quality as scheduled, working alongside a local engineer and masons.

The team of six University of Toronto students and three Western university tag-along students completed design, construction, and community engagement plans for the project with the assistance of the parent organization’s technical advisory board. Additionally, engineers from Arup acted as technical supervisors and provided assistance throughout construction.

The teams were fortunate enough to spend the six weeks together with the community of Tables Monte, bonding over and building on the international network of engineers working to solve global infrastructure problems.

“We arrived at the community with a warm-hearted welcome, and an invitation to stay in their old schoolhouse,” said one student organizer.

While in Bolivia, the University of Toronto Chapter worked with teams from Duke University and University College London (UCL), who were constructing a bridge located 15 minutes away from the Gonchu Mayu site.

The bridge was inaugurated with speeches, the traditional breaking of chicha (corn liquor vases), and a night of Bolivian music and dance. The community’s celebration included participation from the governing municipality of Colomi, a locality in Bolivia.

The achievements in Tablas Monte showcase the University of Toronto Chapter’s resilience. Though the club is transitioning from working with Bridges to Prosperity to working with Engineers in Action, the missions and values will remain the same.

The University of Toronto Engineers in Action Chapter is a student organization working to raise awareness for global development and provide students with opportunities to become responsible,

professional engineers through bridge projects. They have previously completed bridge projects in Patzula, Guatemala and Chillcani, Bolivia.

The University of Toronto Chapter will be continuing their mission this year. The students will be working with Western University to build their fifth bridge in Lipez, Bolivia, between May and June 2019. The bridge will be located near a community of 1,000 people, and will help some of the locals reach their farmlands during the rainy summer season. If you would like to be part of our initiative, feel free to contact them at eia.uoft@gmail.com. We are also accepting donations to fund their impactful project through the University of Toronto donation page. Go to https://donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/5, and enter “Engineers in Action – University of Toronto Chapter” in the “Additional Information” box before you check out, and you will receive a tax receipt for your kindness.


From experience to employment: How industry-sponsored projects helped these students land dream jobs

MechE student David Pecile (right), who is currently completing his PEY at MDA Corporation, works on part of the Next-Generation Canadarm project alongside MDA employee Lauren Haensel (left) at MDA Corporation’s offices in Brampton, ON. (Credit: Laura Pedersen)

Gaining engineering experience beyond the boundaries of a university campus gives students an employability advantage after graduation. U of T Engineering is home to several programs that open pathways for undergraduate and graduate students to collaborate directly with external partners on practical engineering challenges, including:

  • Engineering Strategies & Practice, a first-year course taken by all students in the Core 8 disciplines, through which student teams partner with local clients to address challenges. Students in the Engineering Science program complete a different course called Praxis, which also includes a sponsored project.
  • The University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI), which facilitates industry-sponsored projects on a yearly basis, including through the fourth-year course APS 490 Multidisciplinary Capstone Design;
  • The Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program, which for more than 40 years has enabled students to spend up to 16 months working with leading companies worldwide before completing their undergraduate studies.

Participation in these programs often leads to full-time employment with the partner companies or organizations. Meet five recent U of T Engineering graduates who landed jobs as a result of an experiential learning opportunity:

Sarah Penwarden (CivE 1T7 + PEY), Ferrovial

Sarah Penwarden

Sarah Penwarden

Penwarden completed her PEY Co-op at Ferrovial, a company that operates large-scale infrastructure and municipal services. During her 16 months at the company, she worked on procurement for the extension of Highway 407, a private toll road north of Toronto.

“PEY Co-op was the best thing I did during my education,” says Penwarden. “There is a lot of stuff that you learn in class that is kind of abstract until you get to a job site and you see how it really works. It made civil engineering a lot more real for me.”

Having completed her degree, Penwarden is now back at Ferrovial. She is still working on the 407 extension, with a new focus on cost control.

“It helps a lot with the learning curve to come back into a project that I had already worked on,” she says. “But the major reason I returned was the excellent work environment. Those 16 months showed me how much I loved this part of construction.”

Kostandin Nino Dhimitri (MIE MEng 1T8), DECA Aviation Engineering

Kostandin Nino Dhimitri

Dhimitri completed two UT-IMDI projects with a different aerospace company before landing his current role in the field. Both projects were key to developing professional connections, he says.

“During my UT-IMDI internship, I dealt with many departments within the company,” he says. “This enabled me to form a wide-ranging network. My IMDI supervisor was a strong advocate, supporting me with stellar references to department managers.”

As an alumnus, Dhimitri sees himself as an ambassador for the program, and it forms a key aspect of his mentorship of current undergraduate students. “I have encouraged students to apply and potential supervisors to submit new projects,” he says. “I benefited a great deal from this program. Now, I hope to use my position to give back to the U of T Engineering community.”

Gani Ablachim (MIE MEng 1T6), UTC Aerospace Systems

Gani Ablachim

Gani Ablachim

In 2016, Ablachim spent four months with UTC Aerospace Systems, building and improving computer models used in the design of key components of aircraft landing gear. Today, he is a performance engineer with the company, responsible for landing simulation and retraction extension analysis.

“The project pushed me to make use of specific programming skills and knowledge fundamentals that I gained during my degree,” says Ablachim. “I think what made the difference is that I achieved solid results in my projects very quickly, which doesn’t always happen with research and development.”

Ablachim says mentorship was another valuable component of the experience. “I currently sit beside one of my former supervisors and still occasionally pester him for assistance,” he says. “My UT-IMDI experience was instrumental in opening the door to this exciting industry.”

Spencer Canner (IndE 1T7 + PEY), Shopify

Spencer Canner

Spencer Canner

During Canner’s PEY Co-op at Shopify, he explicitly expressed his intent to return after graduation.

“I worked with my lead and mentor to create actionable items to work on throughout my PEY Co-op,” said Canner. “These goals were set up to demonstrate that I could make an impact in line with the company’s expectations and to show a personal alignment and commitment to Shopify’s values.”

Canner’s persistence and hard work paid off. He is now a full-time user experience (UX) developer for the company, focusing on improving accessibility to ensure a positive experience for all users.

Canner believes that without the PEY Co-op experience, he would not have had as clear of a perspective of his career path. “It helped guide me toward UX development, allowing me to explore various areas of software development which led me to figure where to focus my career moving forward.”

Holly Johnson (MechE 0T9 + PEY), MDA

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson

Johnson has worked at MDA, Canada’s largest space company, since her days as a PEY Co-op student — and has risen to become one of its youngest managers. Since graduating in 2010, Johnson has propelled herself into leadership roles, helping to apply space technology to applications in medical, nuclear and advanced manufacturing.

During her time at MDA as a PEY Co-op student she worked on the Canadarm operations team, honing her problem-solving competencies and gaining practical insights into real-world applications.

“My professional development during my PEY Co-op, largely supported by a few key mentors, put me in an ideal position to return to MDA after graduation to continue my dream of working in the space industry.”


Story originally posted on U of T Engineering News


Meet the international Pearson Scholars starting in U of T Engineering this fall

From left: Pearson Scholars Alana Bailey (Year 1 CivMin), Adriana Diaz Lozano Patiño (Year 1 EngSci) and Devansh Khare (Year 1 MechE) in the new Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. (Credit: Liz Do)

Adriana Diaz Lozano Patiño (Year 1 EngSci) has dreamt of being an engineer since she was 12 years old. As one of seven U of T Engineering first-year students to receive a Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, she has moved from Mexico City to Toronto to pursue her dream at Canada’s top engineering school.

The Pearson scholarship, named after Canada’s 14th prime minister, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and U of T graduate Lester Bowles Pearson, recognizes exceptional academic achievement, creativity, leadership potential and community involvement. It covers tuition, books, incidental fees and residence costs for four years.

“When I got the news that I won the Pearson scholarship, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on my phone,” said Patiño, who is following in the footsteps of her older brother Ernesto Diaz Lozano Patiño (CivE 1T5+PEY, MASc 1T8), an alumnus and former president of the Engineering Society. “It not only meant my dream was actually materializing, but it made me realize that when you are passionate about what you want to do, and work hard for it, you can achieve anything.”

For Devansh Khare (Year 1 MechE), choosing U of T Engineering was a very easy decision. “I wanted an engineering education that makes students think differently, while exposing you to multiculturalism,” said Khare, who is originally from India. “U of T Engineering offers an extremely diverse student and faculty body, and a challenging engineering program that emphasizes on application. It’s committed to building engineers who are capable of improving their community.”

Alana Bailey (Year 1 CivE), whose home country is Jamaica, is especially excited to be among the first to learn and collaborate in the new Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “I really like the active and experimental learning approach to the Myhal Centre. I’m very excited to spend my studies there,” said Bailey.

Although Bailey is just beginning her undergraduate studies, she is already envisioning how she’ll be making a positive difference as a future engineer. “Growing up in a developing country and having travelled to other countries, I’ve been able to compare different levels of infrastructural development to that of my own,” said Bailey.

“I would love to be a part of growth in my country, especially in the area of transport and road works,” she added.

Munachi Jachike Ernest-Eze (Year 1 EngSci), who hails from Nigeria, also aspires to make an impact in his community after he graduates. “I am so excited about entering a world where I get maximum resources to fuel my desire to invent and improve my community through my engineering skills,” said Ernest-Eze, who is passionate to learn more about aerospace and robotics while at U of T Engineering.

Also receiving the prestigious scholarship are Mikel Rajiv Rajkumar (Year 1 EngSci) of Trinidad & Tobago, Camilo Dugand (Year 1 CivE), of  Colombia, and Atom Arce(Year 1 TrackOne) of the United States.


This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News


U of T CECA/NECA Competes in the 2018 Green Energy Challenge

Aiming to best their third place honours received last year, the University of Toronto student chapter of the Canadian/National Electrical Contractors Association (CECA/NECA) is competing in the 2018 ELECTRI International/NECA Green Energy Challenge.

Leading up to the Green Energy Challenge, the team has hosted several events to spread awareness about sustainable buildings among U of T students.

“Our club has become smarter about the way we explain our work to others,” said President Sneha Adhikari (CIV 1T8+PEY). “Throughout this school year, we have implemented activities to get people engaged in sustainability and make this competition more approachable, allowing our team to grow.”

The U of T team leads include: Rashad Brugmann (CIV 1T9), Noah Cassidy (CIV 1T9), Dorothy Liu (CIV 2T0), Niloufar Ghaffari (CIV 1T9), Shambhavi Niraula (CIV 2T0), Nasteha Abdullahi (CIV 1T9), and Pavani Perera (CIV 1T9).

For this competition, the team is partnering with the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC) in Toronto to design a net-zero energy retrofit for their buildings. CRWC is an emergency shelter that warmly welcomes about 300 refugees from around the world each year. This organization is driven by its mission to offer hope and dignity and allow each person they serve to thrive. U of T CECA/NECA is working to contribute to this mission by creating a proposal to both provide cost-saving improvements and to enhance the living experiences of new Canadians. Also, the team is volunteering at CRWC’s children’s programs to get younger generations engaged in becoming stewards of the environment.

The team has conducted an energy audit on site at CRWC. They are using this data (measuring electricity usage, building enclosures, and mechanical systems) in combination with insights from resident interviews to recommend and design improvements for the buildings’ performance. Recently, several members joined CRWC’s Children’s Literacy Program to teach a group of eight children about energy saving, renewable energy, and waste reduction through interactive activities.

Rashad Brugmann (CIV 1T9) expressed the challenges and rewards of his role as Project Manager. “Our work has a strong purpose in terms of sustainable development and green buildings,” he said. “The new focus on net zero energy retrofits has allowed our different subteams to work more collaboratively. We want to create a proposal that will not only do well in the competition but also be valuable and feasible for CRWC.”

The team is currently working hard on finalizing their design proposal for the April 30th deadline, ahead of the 2018 NECA Convention in Philadelphia this fall, where the top teams will present their proposals. Last summer, U of T CECA/NECA’s 2015 Green Energy Challenge design entry was in fact implemented by client, the Good Shepherd Ministries.

They would like to thank the following Faculty members for their continuous support and encouragement: Professor Brenda McCabe, Professor Jeffrey Siegel, Professor Marianne Touchie, and Professor Kim Pressnail.


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