Municipalities and local authorities

Montreal Biodome Space for Life

  • Improved animal, plant, and visitor welfare
  • Improved O&M
  • Reduced energy use
  • Reduced GHG emissions
  • Energy bill reduction
  • International Energy Project of the Year Award The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) 2015
  • Technology Award ASHRAE 2013
  • Sustainable Communities Award Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2012
  • Pilier d’Or Award AGPI 2012
  • Energia Award AQME 2011
  • Honorable Mention – Innovative Practices Contech 2011

Multiple habitats, holistic solution

The Biodome is part of the Montreal Space for Life, the largest natural science museum complex in Canada. It welcomes over 800,000 visitors annually. Its unique 377,000 ft2 building features many animal and plant species within five distinct habitats. These habitats have a range of climatic needs in terms of temperature, humidity and light.

In alignment with its commitment to protecting the environment and biodiversity, the Montreal Biodome sought to dramatically reduce its GHG emissions while addressing comprehensive asset renewal needs.

Ecosystem specialists collaborated with the Biodome’s staff and zoologists on a creative solution that dramatically cut energy consumption and waste. The tropical environment was heated using an internal heat recovery system that pumped in heat generated from chilling the arctic environment. Ecosystem also uncovered the existence of an underground river and leveraged it to design an efficient, inexpensive geothermal system that satisfied all outstanding building heating needs. The system currently stands as the largest of its type in Canada.

Careful planning with experts such as zoologists and biologists ensured that animal and plant welfare were maintained and the visitor experience preserved throughout implementation. Ecosystem worked closely with the Biodome operations team to design a new controls sequence, which reduced the time and effort to fine-tune building systems to readiness.

Customized Performance Measures

Heat recovery and transfer system

Geothermal system

Steam to hot water conversion

Centralized controls optimization

Fan and pump optimization

Lighting redesign and conversion

Project period
Energy Bill Reduction
Annual Savings
GHG Emissions Reduction
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Increase Energy Security, Generate Cost Savings, and Reduce Carbon Emissions. Providing a quality environment for citizens and/or residents is a must for municipalities and municipal organizations. As energy costs rise and infrastructure ages, it becomes a challenge to ensure services are delivered safely and continuously. Municipal managers are also responsible…
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