19 Buildings across Quebec honoured in 5 Categories
Montreal, 14 May 2021 – BOMA Quebec is proud to announce the winners of Year 3 of the Building Energy Challenge (BEC), individuals who stood out for their commitment despite a very difficult year. Launched in 2018, this innovative competition aims to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings across Quebec by a minimum 10% over 4 years, a goal achieved by means of collaboration, knowledge-sharing, education and innovation.
The winners were announced during the BOMA Quebec Grand Gala, a virtual 3-in-1 event celebrating the leadership of BEC participants, some newly certified BOMA BEST buildings and the winners of the 2021-22 BOMA Awards. Hosted by Isabelle Racicot, the BOMA Quebec Grand Gala brought together key players in the real estate and property management industry.
Of the 179 buildings in Year 3 of the competition, 57 were named as finalists for significantly reducing their energy consumption over the previous 12 months, with 19 winning buildings in 5 categories. Winning buildings were determined based on the reduction of their EUI (energy use intensity) between 2019 and 2020, as compared to buildings of similar energy intensity, size and use.
What did they accomplish in 2020?
An average normalized energy intensity reduction of 13.2%. Of the 179 participants, 136 reduced their energy consumption by at least 5%. Of these, 75 reduced their consumption between 5 and 15%, 48 between 15 and 30%, and 13 by more than 30%!
A reduction of over 115 million kWh of electricity consumption and 6 million m3 of natural gas. A total reduction in GHG emissions of 12,700 tons, or 18.2%!
"This third year ends with 179 qualified participants, more engaged in the BEC than ever before. Together they represent a total of over 5.3 million square metres of space in 39 Quebec municipalities from Rouyn-Noranda to Sept Îles, Gatineau, Chandler, Maniwaki, Montreal and Quebec City, and a total of 42 organizations active in diverse sectors: colleges and universities, hospitals, courthouses, shopping centres, multi-residential buildings, convention centres, airports, office buildings and many more! We are extremely proud of this third year of the competition and of the commitment of the participants who, despite the pandemic, allowed us to surpass our objective. This clearly demonstrates the real estate industry's commitment to pursue its efforts, regardless of the current context. Our sincere congratulations to all participating teams! Keep up the good work!" said program director Mario Poirier.
Free of charge and spread over a 4-year period, the Challenge is open to all owners and managers of commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings in Quebec, whether they are members of BOMA Quebec or not. A grand gala will take place in 2022 to announce the overall results and the program's impact on the community. The BEC is already preparing the 2.0 version of the program as an opportunity to continue the industry's efforts.
Winners for Improved Energy Performance in 2020
Universal & Mixed-use Buildings
- CA Jarry2 – Hydro-Québec
- 150 des Commandeurs – Desjardins
- Roussin Community Centre – City of Montreal
- Pierre Charbonneau Sports Complex – City of Montreal
- Pointe-aux-Trembles Public Works Yard – City of Montreal
Multi-unit Residential Buildings
- The LUNA – BentallGreenOak
Health Sector Buildings
- Hôpital Pierre-Legardeur – Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de Lanaudière
Education Sector Buildings
- Édifice Côte-Sainte-Catherine – HEC Montréal
Office Buildings and Retail Outlets
- 6300 Guillaume Couture – Desjardins
- Édifice Bertrand-Fabi – Société québécoise des infrastructures
- Complexe Desjardins - Desjardins
- Cité du multimédia, 111 boul. Robert Bourassa – Allied
- CA Lebourgneuf – Hydro-Québec
- 8555-8565 Trans-Canada – Canderel
- 100 des Commandeurs – Desjardins
- 59 Bégin – Desjardins
- La Maison du Développement durable
- Maison Manuvie – Ivanhoé Cambridge
- Le 525 – La Capital Insurance and Financial Services
57 of the 179 participating buildings that qualified for Year 3 were finalists this year. We salute their impressive performance.
- Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement - CHU de Québec-Université Laval
- Hôpital Marie-Clarac - Énergère
- Hôpital Pierre-Le Gardeur - CISSS de Lanaudière et Ecosystem
- 1600-1616 René-Lévesque/980 Guy - BentallGreenOak
- 6300 Guillaume Couture - Desjardins
- Darlington Public Works Yard - City of Montreal
- Édifice Bertrand-Fabi - Société québécoise des infrastructures du Québec
- SGW-M Annex - Concordia University
- Spheratest Environnement - Spheratest Environnement
- 1350-1360 René-Lévesque Ouest - GWLRA
- Complexe Desjardins - Desjardins
- Les Galeries de la Capitale – Oxford Properties
- 7250 Mile End - BentallGreenOak
- Cité du Multimédia - 111 boulevard Robert-Bourassa – ALLIED Properties
- Cité du Multimédia - 700 Wellington & 75 Queen – ALLIED Properties
- CA Lebourgneuf - Hydro-Québec
- Centre fiscal de Shawinigan - BGIS
- Édifice Jacques-Parizeau - Ivanhoé Cambridge
- 8555-8565 Trans-Canada - Gestion Canderel Inc.
- Montréal Hérald - Ivanhoé Cambridge
- SGW-Z Annex - Concordia University
- 100 des Commandeurs - Desjardins
- 1001 de Maisonneuve Ouest - Manulife Investment Management
- Centre de commerce mondial Montréal - ALLIED Properties
- 100 rue Lafontaine, Chicoutimi - BGIS
- 1340 de la Digue, Havre-St-Pierre - BGIS
- 59 Bégin - Desjardins
- 180 de la Cathédrale, Rimouski - BGIS
- 5000 Buchan - Groupe Mach
- La Maison du développement durable - La Maison du développement durable et Ecosystem
- 455 boul. René-Lévesque Ouest- Conseillers immobiliers GWL Inc.
- Maison Manuvie - Ivanhoé Cambridge
- Tour Viger - Corporation Immobilière Kevric
- Édifice Côte-Sainte-Catherine - HEC Montréal
- SGW-B Annex - Concordia University
- SGW-H - Concordia University
- Le LUNA - BentallGreenOak
- Le Saguenay Appartements - Capreit
- Le Tadoussac Appartements - Capreit
- 150 des Commandeurs - Desjardins
- CDN-Nord Library and Community Centre - City of Montreal
- LOY-JR - Concordia University
- CA Trois-Rivières - Hydro-Québec
- Val-d'Or Courthouse - Société québécoise des infrastructures du Québec
- Fire Station No. 59 - City of Montreal
- Roussin Community Centre - City of Montreal
- Palais de justice de New Carlisle - Société québécoise des infrastructures du Québec
- Pierre Charbonneau Sports Complex - City of Montreal
- Charles Sports Complex - City of Montreal
- Palais de justice de Percé - Société québécoise des infrastructures du Québec
- Édifice Marcelle-Gauvreau - Société québécoise des infrastructures du Québec
- Pointe-aux-Trembles Public Works Yard - City of Montreal
- Annie Pelletier Indoor Pool - City of Montreal
- 1 Holiday - Petra Group
- Le 525 - La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services
- Les tours 500 Saint-Jacques - Groupe ALFID
- CA Jarry 2 – Hydro-Québec
Supplier Mobilization & Resilience Awards
The Supplier Mobilization Award (which honours efforts to support energy transition in commercial buildings across Quebec) was given to Krome Services, while the Resilience Award (which highlights efforts by building managers to ensure safe and secure operational management in their buildings during the pandemic) was awarded to 6 health care institutions, i.e. one private residence for seniors and 5 hospitals:
- Manoir Outremont
- Hôpital Pierre-Le-Gardeur
- Hôpital Marie-Clarac
- Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement
- Hôpital Saint-François d'Assise
- Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL)
The jury would like to give honourable mention to 12 multi-residential buildings whose energy efficiency measures during the pandemic resulted in reductions of energy consumption ranging from 1 to 36%.
The BEC is a BOMA Quebec initiative supported by invaluable partners: the City of Montreal and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (founding partners), Hydro-Québec and Énergir (major partners), as well as our associate partners Natural Resources Canada and the Société de financement et d'accompagnement en performance énergétique (SOFIAC).
"I would like to congratulate the winners of the Building Energy Challenge, as well as all those who participated in the competition. Your commitment to sustainable economic development is by far the greatest benefit of this project. The BEC is an example and a springboard for ambitious initiatives, and demonstrates how rapidly the real estate industry is evolving in terms of energy management. Moreover, the Challenge is very much in line with the City of Montreal's ambitious Climate Plan," said Valérie Plante, the mayor of Montreal.
"BOMA's mission is fully aligned with our government's goals for energy efficiency and GHG reduction. The development tools for real estate stakeholders encourage a spirit of innovation that advances the transition to clean energy. I encourage building managers to pursue their efforts, and I thank them for helping to build a greener Quebec," said Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the North Shore, Gaspésie and Îles de la Madeleine regions.
"Hydro-Québec is proud to be a partner in the Building Energy Challenge, as this initiative focuses on the core values necessary for a successful energy transition: collaboration, commitment and innovation," added Éric Filion, president, Hydro-Québec Distribution and Shared Services.
"As a key player involved in Quebec's energy transition, at Énergir we are committed to our customers' decarbonization projects. To achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the Quebec government, Énergir drafted its Vision 2030 policy. It offers tangible solutions for our clients such as energy efficiency and renewable natural gas. The building sector represents a significant opportunity for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and we salute BOMA Quebec for shining the spotlight on building owners and managers who implement decarbonization initiatives in order to build a better energy future," said Stéphanie Trudeau, executive vice-president at Énergir.
About BOMA Quebec
BOMA Quebec (Building Owners and Managers Association) is the largest association of commercial property owners and managers in the province, and its members own or manage 85% of Class A office buildings in Quebec. A leader in the sector since its inception in 1927, BOMA Quebec has developed a reputation for excellence in property management and for increasing the value of real estate assets. The Association encourages effective, efficient and responsible building management, notably with BOMA BEST®, its avant-garde environmental certification program now recognized throughout the industry.
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