June 7, 2017

CAE and CHU: Two Winning Projects

A double win for Ecosystem! Our projects at CAE and the Quebec City University Hospital Center (CHU) both received 2017 Energia awards.

Recognizing best practices and excellence in energy efficiency, the Energia awards are conferred by AQME, Quebec’s association for energy management.

CAE won in the industrial category for an energy efficiency project at their Montreal headquarters and flight simulator plant. When the 150 HVAC units on the plant’s rooftop were reaching the end of their useful lives, CAE management decided to leverage the energy efficiency potential of their building rather than simply replacing the equipment with more of the same. The electromechanical systems were completely reengineered, including a new centralized heat recovery system and reducing the number of rooftop units to 38. Since implementing the project, the plant’s heating costs have dropped by 75%.

The CAE team with Ecosystem’s project director Antoine Courchesne-Tardif at the awards gala on May 31

Staying competitive through energy efficiency

“Investing in energy efficiency is investing intelligently to stay competitive,” affirmed David Héon from CAE after receiving the Energia award. In a recent interview, David Héon shared further insights about his experience heading up the energy efficiency project at CAE.

Integrated delivery to address complex challenges

The Quebec City University Hospital Center (CHU) was recognized for excellence in integrated energy management. The energy efficiency project took place in four different hospitals. In addition to complex technical design, the main challenge of this project was organizing and planning the construction work in highly sensitive environments. This required close collaboration between Ecosystem and CHU, who worked as an integrated team to meet the project goals. The energy efficiency measures are generating $3.7M in annual savings and have improved comfort levels for the hospital patients and staff.

CAE and CHU are both proud that their energy efficiency projects have been recognized with awards… and Ecosystem is proud, too! Congratulations everyone!