Laval Youth Center
Five buildings were upgraded in an energy efficiency project at the Laval Youth Center. The center’s staff demonstrated an exceptional level of collaboration that contributed to the project surpassing its performance targets. At Ecosystem, we carry out each project with an integrated approach, where the client is an essential part of the project team. In certain cases, including the Laval Youth Center, the client’s participation alongside our staff goes beyond all expectations. The energy bill at the Laval Youth Center dropped by 42%. The project surpassed the contractually guaranteed savings of $255,957 per year, reaching 134% of the target. And the project’s environmental results are particularly impressive: greenhouse gas emissions are down by 71%, and the institution received BOMA BESt certification for environmental management, performance, and sustainability.
The project combined renewable energy sources, highly efficient systems, a significant reduction in natural gas consumption, and an improved controls system. In addition to improving energy efficiency, these measures have also simplified maintenance and daily operations, and have led to greater comfort for building occupants.
Energy Bill Reduction
Guaranteed Annual Savings
Three heat pumps, each with a specific role, were selected and sized to work in synergy to recover the maximum amount of heat from within the building, the ground, and the air. The heat pump system has a high coefficient of performance.
Consolidating the heating systems and converting from steam to hot water lowered the energy losses associated with heat distribution.
The project was designed using a whole-building approach. All components of the new systems were designed to work together optimally, from the valves in the boiler room to the damper actuators in the ventilation system.
2016 AQME Énergia Award
Customized Performance Measures
Steam to Hot Water Conversion
Conversion of the heating system from a steam system—which is energy intensive and subject to leaks—to a hot water system, which uses less energy to reach the required temperature.
Installation of a new geothermal heat pump that transfers heat from the ground to the building during the heating season, and rejects the building’s excess heat into the ground during the cooling season.
Installation of a new heat pump to recover free energy from the outside air to provide indoor heating. The heat pump is reversible and can also provide cooling.
Upgrade of ventilation system to efficiently deliver warm and cool air where it is most needed, and maintain appropriate levels of fresh air.
Replacement of older generation bulbs and fluorescent tubes by efficient luminaires providing better lighting quality.
Upgrade of Building Automation System in order to maintain occupant comfort and better manage energy consumption.