Laval Youth Center

Improving occupant comfort through efficient operation

  • Reduced GHG emissions
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved O&M
  • Energy cost savings

Part of the public healthcare network in Quebec, the Laval Youth Center is a residential center that provides psychosocial rehabilitation services to children under 18. Five aging buildings were affected by high operating costs, an inefficient steam heating network, a deferred maintenance backlog, lack of centralized equipment management, and complaints about comfort from residents and staff.

To mitigate maintenance issues, it was necessary to build a centralized heating system and implement a deep retrofit of the entire campus including a steam to hot water conversion in buildings still heated by steam. Ecosystem designed and constructed a main centralized boiler room and also replaced pumps, heat exchangers, and coils, as well as installing chillers. In the new system, domestic hot water is now also provided by hot water rather than steam.

The Laval Youth Center operates 24/7, and the buildings are secure at all hours. Ecosystem was entrusted with entry and access protocol and communicated continually with facility staff to minimize disturbances during the project.

Annual savings have reached 134% of the contractually guaranteed amount. The Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) of Canada recognized the project with a BOMA BEST certification for environmental management, performance, and sustainability.

  • 2016 AQME Energia Award
  • 2016 BOMA BEST Certification

Customized Performance Measures

  • Steam to hot water conversion
  • Geothermal energy
  • Heat recovery
  • Aerothermal energy
  • Hot water optimization
  • Ventilation optimization
  • Upgrade to electrical service
  • Grouping counters