February 5, 2016

Pageau Morel wins first place at ASHRAE Technology Awards

 Nicolas Lemire, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., LEED AP <span>BD+C</span>, <i>ASHRAE HFDP</i>, Pageau Morel, and Michael H. Johnston, Eng., John Abbott College

Anne-Marie Edward Science building

During the winter conference of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in Orlando, Florida, the annual awards presentation was held on January 23. Pageau Morel received first place in the new educational facilities category for the construction of John Abbott College’s Anne-Marie Edward Science building.

The new 10,500 m2 Anne-Marie Edward building is dedicated to teaching sciences and health technologies, and is annexed to existing buildings on the John Abbott campus. Integrating concepts of natural ventilation, energy recovery, and energy efficiency, the new building earned a LEED Gold certification. The use of 45 geothermal wells, combined with heat pumps, met 50 to 70% of heating and cooling needs. The building’s actual energy use is 45% lower than the baseline case.

The international ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design for effective energy management and indoor air quality.

This is the third time Pageau Morel is awarded for this project. In 2014, the firm received an Énergia Award from the Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie (AQME), as well as a Contech Trophy for innovative practices.

“Once again, our team demonstrated its expertise and keeps pursuing a tradition of excellence that has now lasted 60 years,” explained Nicolas Lemire, principal and president of Pageau Morel. “However, we cannot forget the important decisions taken by the College itself, such as deciding to prioritize the building’s energy performance and quality of the indoor environment. A lot of credit also goes to the generous donors who helped the College achieve its goal.”

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