Laval Youth Center

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.

  • 42%

    Energy Bill Reduction

  • 2011-2013

    Project Period

  • $3.2M


  • $255,957

    Guaranteed Annual Savings

  • $411,00

    Guaranteed Incentives


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.

Geothermal energy

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.

Aerothermal Energy

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.

 Centralized Controls

Upgrade of Building Automation System in order to maintain occupant comfort and better manage energy consumption.