A Travellerspoint blog

October 2012

Colin's Blog

EEBE Exchange to Holland College (P.E.I.) 2012

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My name is Colin and I am taking Mechanical Engineering Technology at NSCC and taking part in the EEBE exchange program has been a great experience. I have learned a lot in the last couple of weeks, about construction methods and passive houses. Before coming on the exchange I had very little knowledge about the processes that went into designing a house. I also learned how my knowledge in mechanical engineering fit into the designing process. I have met a lot of great people from Ireland, the Netherlands and PEI. Tomorrow morning we are going on a tour of a Government building that is LEED certified in Charlottetown. This exchange has been a great experience and I highly recommend taking part if given the opportunity. I have made friends in Ireland and the Netherlands that I know that I could rely on and contact about industry contacts and collaborate with.

Colin Brown
Mechanical Engineering Technology, NSCC
Waterfront Campus

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Chelsea's Blog

EEBE Exchange to Holland College (P.E.I.) 2012

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The last two weeks have been very busy and lots of fun! The first week was full of group activities and was a good introduction to others on the exchange. The exchange so far has been a great educational and social experience. I have learned invaluable skills that will contribute towards my portfolio such as training for the Hot2000 program, knowledge of international building practices, and experience working in a group with international students. It was a good window into how the skills that I have been learning over the last year at school will be applied once I get out into the field. I have discovered where my strengths and weaknesses lie in my knowledge base. I plan to go home and try and fill those gaps. Meeting a new group of people and living in a different place, even if it is in the same country has allowed me to develop my communication skills and personal skills. I have made friends that I know I can rely on and that I will hopefully collaborate with in the future.

Chelsea Code-McNeil
Architectural Technician Student, NSCC
Waterfront Campus

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Energy Efficiency Exchange on the Island!

EEBE Exchange to Holland College (P.E.I.) 2012

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The fourth exchange of the Canada/EU Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment project is currently underway at partner institution, Holland College in Prince Edward Island. Five students and two faculty from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen in the Netherlands and 3 students and 1 faculty from the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland joined Canadian students and faculty (from Holland College and NSCC) on this three-week exchange program focusing on a project finding energy efficient solutions in the built environment. Using a project-based learning approach, the students work in teams on a project designed by the host institution. At Holland College the students are working on an assignment with the goal of evaluating existing homes constructed by Habitat for Humanity and to making recommendations to improve these designs using Passivhaus standards and the principles of Adaptable Housing.
Besides spending a lot of time working together in their groups on this projects, students attended a two-day Sustainable Design conference and were treated to various excursions around the Island to take in the sights and experience some true P.E.I. culture.
NSCC students Chelsea Code-McNeil and Colin Brown are taking part in this exchange and will share their experiences as well, so stay tuned!

NSCC International

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