(Kingston, Ontario) — Students of the Building Construction Internship Program (BCIP) begun construction this past January on an ambitious project, with the goal to build an energy efficient, LEED certified home that would produce as much renewable energy as it consumes.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010, student builders will welcome parents, the public, and building partners for an open house as it progresses towards completion. The house is located off Centennial Drive at 1422 Crossfield Avenue, (north of Costco), and is being built with Braebury Homes sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience on energy efficient homes with the students in this program. The open house runs from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., with student presentations at 2:00 p.m.
The BCIP and Braebury Homes took a traditional urban home, dubbed ‘The Harvesting House’, and outfitted it with sustainable energy systems and green building technologies.
The Harvesting House is one of more than 70 construction projects built by BCIP students in cooperation with area builders. Student builders learn from working alongside professional tradespeople building an entire home (or other significant building project) while at the same time, gaining credits toward their high school diploma. The BCIP at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute was first offered in 1990, now 20 years later, BCIP home construction projects, in cooperation with The Kingston Home Builders Association, represent over $14 million dollars in new home sales.
For more information, please contact: Don Voteray, BCIP teacher at the Limestone District School Board (613.328.5154), and Dale Midwood, Supervising Principal of Student Pathways to Success at the Limestone District School Board (613.544.6920, ext. 236).