• Ventilation and fume hood face velocity.
• Run-around glycol heat-recovery loop.
• Low-temperature terminal reheat.
• Low-velocity system.
• Cooling coils condensate was recovered and sprayed on exhaust
heat-recovery coils to save energy and reduce peak loads in summer.
• Reuse of office air for minimum ACH required in lab space.
• Heat recovery from major server room located in the adjacent building (±1,025 kBtu/h 24/7) and from lab equipment room.
• Energy meters to monitor the building’s energy consumption and
send alerts if it deviates from expected values.
Prior to the project, access to mechanical and electrical equipment
located in the penthouse was difficult, thus cleaning, maintenance and
repairs were arduous. All equipment is now easily accessible and routine maintenance can be performed.
To improve research quality and flexibility, labs were designed to be
more generic and accessible to a broader range of users and research
activities. Open labs have been designed in this fashion compared to the
“traditional” approach of “1 need = 1 room” of the original construction leading to multiple non-functional small labs not compatible with
today’s needs. Write-up spaces are now separated from lab areas.
Building energy consumption was reduced significantly and now represents about 5% of the total energy consumption of the campus. Even
without the ability to change anything on the envelope of the building,
energy-efficient measures were able to reduce the annual energy cost by
more than $1.3 million (CDN) with a seven-year payback period related to
energy-efficiency costs. Sustainability issues considerations and energy-efficiency measures resulted in a very high-performance lab building with an
energy usage reduction of 59%. This resulted in a significant reduction of
greenhouse gases emission ( 3,014 tons of CO2), representing a saving of about
Pierre-Luc Baril, engineer, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE HFDP, is an
associate and project manager with Pageau Morel. plbaril@pageaumorel.
com. Baril works primarily on science and office building projects and is
also involved in Construction Specifications Canada Association and gives a
certificate course at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.
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