Centre for Sustainable Development Wins ASHRAE Award

Even the most sustainable buildings can improve their energy performance. Our project with the Centre for Sustainable Development (Maison du développement durable) in Montreal recently received first place in the ASHRAE Awards for Existing Commercial Buildings Recommissioning – Region II. Thanks to a partnership with Ecosystem, the Centre for Sustainable Development was able to become even more sustainable, reducing its energy use intensity by 35% and its greenhouse gas emissions by 90%. Continuer la lecture “Centre for Sustainable Development Wins ASHRAE Award”

Innovation at the heart of the UQTR project

A focus on delivering outcomes, combined with cutting-edge technological solutions, resulted in a successful deep energy retrofit at the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières (UQTR). This ASHRAE Journal article describes the innovative solutions implemented as part of an integrated design and construction approach, which closes the gaps between design and construction, reducing the risk of costly errors, and guarantees that results are achieved.

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Big Innovation at a Small Campus Heating Plant

District Energy Magazine featured Adelphi University’s ambitious asset renewal and energy resiliency project, which not only achieved its efficiency objectives but also its targeted business and sustainability outcomes. With its natural gas reciprocating CHP plant, Adelphi has cut electric consumption and increased resiliency, while generating positive cash flow for future infrastructure spending. Continuer la lecture “Big Innovation at a Small Campus Heating Plant”

Cocoa Shells as Fuel: Bioenergy that Boosts Production Capacity

Producing hundreds of tons of chocolate each day is energy intensive. The Barry Callebaut factory in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, the largest chocolate factory in North America, recently revamped its systems to cut down on energy use while increasing productivity. The strategy: the cocoa shells that were previously a waste product are now used as a biofuel in the chocolate-making process.

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Ecosystem Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

Despite a growing global demand for engineers, the gender gap doesn’t seem to be closing fast enough. In Canada, women currently account for 17.9 percent of engineers and in the US, 14 percent. According to Engineers Canada, “Encouraging and developing women’s interests in engineering begins with programming that engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities at an early age.” This effort should also be bolstered by career management initiatives that help to retain employees and advance their careers. Continuer la lecture “Ecosystem Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day”