November 09, 2020

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.

Innovation began at the RFP stage. Rather than just procuring a list of services, UQTR leadership required that the targeted results be contractually guaranteed. These results included reducing energy consumption and costs, lowering GHG emissions, and maintaining operability throughout the project.

This kind of approach fosters a collaborative working relationship. “The key to success was the way Ecosystem involved us in the project,” said Luc Biron, Director of Equipment Service at UQTR. “Ecosystem consulted our team and listened to our opinions throughout the design and construction. After all, we were the ones who were going to live with the new system. We had to be part of the decision-making process.”

Start your next project by clearly identifying the expected results.

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