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  1. Îlot Balmoral / ONF - 13 étages

    The density in the first picture i just great.
  2. 355, Sainte-Catherine ouest (Musique Plus)

    It would also be an investment in to improving your energy bill. Which can help offset the cost of the upgrade. Facade improvements usually tend to have very good payback periods. Especially a building like this, the previous facade looked pretty awful - it probably had massive condensation problems and comfort issues for occupants next to the windows. So that would be another reason.
  3. North America’s Passive House Revolution

    Cornell Tech - which is currently the world tallest energy efficiency building on the Planet!!! Recently finished construction. Chelsea will get a new 24-story Passive House rental
  4. North America’s Passive House Revolution

    Proposal for Vancouver "The two new towers in downtown Vancouver will climb to 48 and 43 storeys, respectively, and will include 450 homes, including 129 rental units, and a daycare, said Kevin Cheung, Landa’s CEO."
  5. North America’s Passive House Revolution Passive house (PH) is an energy efficiency standard – one of the world’s most rigorous energy efficiency standard gaining quick momentum across the United States and Canada. PH is becoming incentivized in so many states and starting to get pushed to be included in building – and certainly, this is also the case in Canada. Vancouver is a hot bed for Passive House Buildings, and we are also seeing large building projects in Toronto pushing for Passive House. I have seen some activity in Quebec but mostly small single-family homes. I would love to see Montreal also push legislation to get more energy efficient standards. I forget the exact number, but 11 states in the United States have incentivized PH standards. Also, even though the PH standard was designed for small homes, what is driving the revolution is large scale multi-family buildings (e.g: 30 floors apartments, with 200 units.) I believe this will be the next ‘LEED’. So, a thread on it would be appropriate to keep track of the PH progress in Quebec + get people more exposed on the standard. Passive House Focuses on reducing energy demand and optimizing occupant comfort. There are 5 main principles to PH. I am quoting from · Employs continuous insulation throughout its entire envelope without any thermal bridging. (Thermal bridge is basically breaks in the insulation levels – for instance, for brick facades, we have metal shelf angles that will go through the insulation layers creates a link for heat to escape through it. So, Passive House standard rigorously addresses such weak links in the building envelope.) · The building envelope is extremely airtight, preventing infiltration of outside air and loss of conditioned air. · Employs high-performance windows (typically triple-paned) and doors. · Uses some form of balanced heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation and a minimal space conditioning system. (Because the building is so airtight, Passive house building require mechanical ventilation – but since the mechanical ventilation is control, we can recover some of the heat… typically efficiencies of the heat recovered from exhausting air is about 75% and above.) · Solar gain is managed to exploit the sun's energy for heating purposes in the heating season and to minimize overheating during the cooling season. This is the standard requirement: (Copy/paste from Wikipedia.) · The building must be designed to have an annual heating and cooling of not more than 15 kWh/m2 per year in heating or cooling energy · Total primary energy (source energy for electricity, etc.) consumption (primary energy for heating, hot water, and electricity) must not be more than 60 kWh/m2 (19,020 BTU/sq ft; 20.07 MJ/sq ft) per year. · The building must not leak more air than 0.6 times the house volume per hour. The air leak would have to be tested by completely depressurizing the entire building and measuring the actual leakage. One of the major difference for PH standard is those three hard requirements and several soft requirements (like occupant comfort). But how you get to reach the standard is up to the designer. There is also rigorous testing involved to make sure the building meets the standard. I am not sure what the average new building in Montreal’s annual heating demand or its total energy consumption is but typically PH building uses 90% less energy than existing building. And maybe 50% less than building built to current code. Here is the link to Quebec’s PH website:
  6. Tour des Canadiens 3 - 55 étages

    Well, it really depends on the design team. There are so many factors. For instance, may L'Avenue could have had a project team that really thought through all the design problems and constraints. You can tell that CF probably did a feasibility study and promoted that to the public and then started developing plans for each building.
  7. Tour des Canadiens 3 - 55 étages

    Code requirement for energy efficiency, fire-safety, sound, etc. takes precedence. Contractors do have to guarantee some of these performance requirements. We may have a design concept - but as things get worked out - some parts of the project have to be changed. I feel like in Montreal where the real estate price is lower - it wouldn't make sense to keep expensive design concepts.
  8. Hôtel Monville - 20 étages

    I feel like we are finally getting a hang of treating those bind walls! Checkerboards so much better than plain old concrete.
  9. The progress in Toronto is amazing. I hope our firms bids on a couple of projects in Toronto!!!
  10. YUL - 38, 38 étages

    That is so cool. Can't wait till they add the landscaping.
  11. Symphonia Pop - 32 étages

    That is a really cool project!!!
  12. That is always too bad because the perception Montreal has of immigrants is much more positive.
  13. Really good news for Concordia. The building engineering department also recieved a 4 million dollar grant front Hydro quebec to research electric grids among other things.
  14. Petit jeu : quelle est cette ville?

    ^ Oh, that is too easy. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  15. Tour des Canadiens 2 - 53 étages

    ^ Forget the cheap looks - these wall to wall windows are horrible for the energy efficiency and durability of the building. You are going to have comfort problems and probably condensation issues. I have no idea why we always opt for such design in climates like Montreal or Toronto.