At the Association Québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie (AQME) Énergia Awards, various projects were honoured for energy efficiency, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, and green building innovation.
Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), which invested almost $20 million in an energy-efficiency and GHG-reduction project at the Notre-Dame Hospital, took one of the prizes. The project was featured in the December 2014 issue of Construction Canada, while an article last year delved into its energy recovery ventilation strategies.
Other winners included:
- Allied REIT’s renovation of the HVAC at Complexe de Gaspé, which improved the facility’s performance in accordance with best sustainability practices;
- Ambioner’s Grand Théâtre de Québec, which underwent a renovation of electromechanical equipment based on Ambioner’s energy study and ultimately saved $80,000 in the first year after completion;
- Indorama PTA Montréal’s low-pressure steam recovery project, which involved installing a turbine to collect the plant’s excess steam and convert it to electricity;
- Hatch/Alcoa Alliance’s pilot project at Alcoa’s Baie-Comeau smelter, which employed new technology to reduce fuel oil consumption by 33 per cent;
- CAE’s energy-efficiency project at its Ville-Saint-Laurent plant, where an increased number of roof HVAC units were used to reduce energy consumption;
- WSP’s Garderie l’Oasis Enfantin, which features energy usage intensity and water usage that facilitate a cost reduction exceeding 68 per cent;
- Pageau Morel’s Mountain Equipment Co-op headquarters, which relies on green aspects such as natural ventilation, triple-glazed windows, greywater- and heat-recovery systems, and geothermal wells to reduce energy consumption by 43 per cent;
- Artopex Sports Complex’s plan to optimize energy management; and