News

5 minutes with Dr. Nagler from Mineola Public Schools

April 11, 2017

Mineola School District is using the IEPC approach to convert the steam distribution networks at Hampton Street School, Jackson Avenue School, and the Middle School to hot water networks. This is the first steam-to-hot-water (STHW) conversion project in a NYS school district through an EPC. A hot water network can perform the same heating functions as a steam network but is significantly more efficient and easier to control. Dr. Michael Nagler, Superintendent at Mineola Public Schools, spoke exclusively to Ecosystem’s Ahmed Ibrahim about this groundbreaking project.

Geothermal Loop in Goyer Lake

March 8, 2017

Since last summer, the Patriotes School Board and Ecosystem have been collaborating to reduce the school board’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by upgrading 26 schools. The project will decrease energy bills by 39%, generating $960,000 in annual savings. Greenhouse emissions will drop by 2,455 metric tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of removing 1091 cars from the road. As part of this project, Mont-Bruno Secondary School will benefit from an innovative energy efficiency measure. Due to its strategic location near Goyer Lake, it will become one of the few schools in Quebec to use an open-loop geothermal system to meet its energy needs.

Toronto Community Housing: 11,300 lbs of new equipment

February 24, 2017

Residents at 710 and 720 Trethewey Drive in Toronto, Canada, can now enjoy more fresh air and better heating in their buildings, thanks to the recent installations of new condensing boilers and air handling units. This work is part of the TowerWise Retrofit project, funded by The Atmospheric Fund, which will upgrade seven Toronto Community Housing buildings, currently home to over 1,200 residents. The project aims to reduce energy consumption by 20%.

Ecosystem Sponsors PRECI Team in Nepal

January 16, 2017

Since 1994, engineering students from the ETS university in Montreal have participated in an international cooperation program called PRECI (Programme de Regroupement Étudiant pour la Coopération Internationale). Each year, a team of ETS students design and build an engineering project in a developing country.

Olympic Park Targets High Energy Performance

January 12, 2017

An energy efficiency project is underway at the Olympic Park which will reduce operating costs by $1.3M per year and greenhouse gas emissions by 57%. The Olympic Park’s electromechanical systems are undergoing major upgrades with the goal of dramatically reducing energy bills, eliminating energy waste, and optimizing systems so they meet real needs without overconsuming.

Holiday Checklist for BAS

December 13, 2016

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids looking forward to receiving presents and being out of school. If you are a facility operator or a controls technician for a school board, however, you probably are planning the best way to shut down the schools’ building automation system (BAS) during the two-week period. We asked our resident BAS experts for their advice, and here is the checklist of how to prepare the shut-down.

Lakeridge Health Energy Retrofit Project on Video

November 29, 2016

Lakeridge Health found an innovative way to finance major asset renewal and energy infrastructure improvements. The project helps the hospital save $1.3 million annually (guaranteed by Ecosystem for 5 years) and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,000 metric tons.  

38% Energy Use Reduction Planned for l’Or-et-des-Bois School Board

November 29, 2016

The administration of the l’Or-et-des-Bois School Board (CSOB) recently decided to green their schools through an extensive energy savings project in 23 buildings, carried out in partnership with Ecosystem. This initiative will dramatically improve the energy performance of the CSOB’s aging building stock. Each year, 1418 metric tons of CO2 emissions will be avoided through improved fossil fuel management. The project also provides the opportunity to remove energy-intensive steam equipment and replace boilers that have reached the end of their useful lives.

Ahmed Ibrahim goes above and beyond

November 15, 2016

Ecosystem business development manager Ahmed Ibrahim thrives on challenges, both professional and personal. Not only does he go above and beyond for his clients during the week, but in his spare time he also pushes the limits.

Interview with CAE’s David Héon

October 14, 2016

In 2016, energy efficiency and industrial production go hand in hand. CAE has demonstrated this with an Integrated Energy Performance Contracting (IEPC) project, which proved to be an excellent investment for its flight simulator factory. The results speak for themselves: recipient of CIPEC’s Leadership Award, a 30% energy bill reduction, simpler maintenance, increased comfort, and so on. In order to better explain the benefits and advantages of this integrated project, we’ve gone to the source—the man who propelled this project from the inside, David Héon: CAE’s Manager of Facility Services / Health, Safety and Environment. Olivier Matte, Ecosystem’s Training and Awareness Coordinator, had the honor of speaking with him.