Residential Living Lab 2015-16 Project

The Office of Applied Research and Innovation and the Construction Carpentry—Advanced Housing program are collaborating to construct a cutting-edge Residential Living Lab that will become a permanent fixture of our campus. Applied Research and Innovation commissioned the building, which is being constructed by the Advanced Housing students.

rll_render_nov_20152Made possible in part through the generous support of Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), this facility will become a hub where students, faculty and industry partners can conduct applied-research projects and drive innovation in the construction sector.

Click here for some of the exciting build photos.


Modern technologies are re-shaping the building industry and Algonquin College is at the forefront. Even as it is being built, the Residential Living Lab is providing opportunities for our students to learn and innovate through experiential learning.

RLL_images_Perth02Elements of the building’s design, prepared by GRC Architects Inc., were inspired by students in the Green Architecture program (offered at the Woodroffe campus).

Second-year Advanced Housing students, under the expert guidance of their professors, are now applying their training to the building’s construction. They oversee the build right from footings to finishes, with help along the way from their peers in the Masonry—Heritage and Traditional and Carpentry and Joinery—Heritage programs.

Sustainability and energy efficiency are key advanced housing principles

RLL_images_Perth01Our students apply these principles to the Residential Living Lab with the goal of achieving a carbon-neutral building. They look for innovative construction materials and technologies to increase the efficiency of the building. Throughout the build, data will be collected and the findings communicated to local construction partners to help them make evidenced-based decisions for sustainable design choices.


Working with community, business and industry partners, Applied Research and Innovation staff continue to further innovation and learning on campus and in the community.
The Perth campus’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation will be based out of the Residential Living Lab once it is completed. The lab will be equipped with technology and equipment, such as 3D printers, that will facilitate further applied research projects.


Kerry_MilfordConstruction on the Residential Living Lab is in the final stages of construction and will be completed by the summer of 2016. You can watch our progress online by following the Perth campus on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, contact:

Kerry Milford, the Project Manager at Perth Campus.
613-267-2859 ext 5660