Green Homes

George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario
Area(s) of Expertise

Ninety percent of residential construction firms are small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than five employees, making significant research and development an unfeasible burden. George Brown College's Green Homes initiative addresses this innovation gap by providing SME partners and students with increased opportunities to pursue applied research projects, resulting in regional economic development and graduate job readiness.

What the facility does

This lab is equipped to prepare new construction and green technologies for manufacturing through monitoring, materials testing, demonstrations and prototyping.

Research Services

Laboratory and field testing, Manufacturing-systems testing, Technology demonstrations, Commercialization, Real-time sensor analysis, Remote data collection, Development of innovative materials and methodologies, Indoor air-pollution monitoring and testing, Prototyping, Urban sustainability, Home retrofit

Sectors of Application
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Consumer durables
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Manufacturing and processing

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Materials Testing Lab

Tools for testing of building materials include:

M-6 air meter pressure type kit

ACM-32 metal slump cone

M-250 concrete rebound hammer (Swiss hammer)

HM-69 Rapid RH™ System

H-3050 Vicat consistency apparatus

SS-15 Gilson 8" sieve shaker

S-200 Dynamic Cone Penetrometer and hand auger set

S-215 Static Cone Penetrometer with dial indicator

Soil strength classifiers 350 lbf/160 kgf capacity (HM-216)

H-4230 liquid limit machine without counter

H-4253 plastic limit test set

H-4244 1,000 mL glass hydrometer jar

Sonic ranging sensor, model SR50A SDI -12, 232 or 485 output

Sonic ranging sensor tower mount, model SR50ATOM SDI-12, 232 or 485 output


Measurement and Sensor Lab components:

Digital multimeter, 8½ digit, model 3458A

250-watt DC electronic load, model 6063B (x4)

Power supply, 600V, 5.5A, 3300W, model N8742A

PV analyzer, wireless sensor, data analysis tool and leads model


FLUKE 1555 insulation resistance tester

FLUKE 1621KIT ground resistance tester


Technology Access Lab

Network components and lab equipment

Printers for printing both documents and drawings

Remote research/testing VLANs (25 sites) to provide private networks for remote sites

Workstations used as drop-in/hoteling space for in-lab network admin, development, testing and administration work

Computers and laptops equipped for design, testing and building automation

WUFI and AutoCAD software

Digital projectors

Smartphones (for testing and development of smartphone-based energy-management applications)



Research GBC: Clear Blue project

Research GBC: SOS Project

Research GBC: H20 Project

Research GBC: MaRS Revit Project

The BIM Lab

The Advanced Prototyping Lab

Introducing the Green Building Centre

Building Sciences Lab

Building Materials Lab

Building Automation Lab/Business Accelerator

“Light-up purses and smart lamps evolve from research projects.” The Globe and Mail Featured Report on Colleges. Print and online.

Home Retrofit Guide