Lemay welcomes new Sustainable Development Specialist, Hugo Lafrance

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Lemay is proud to introduce sustainable development specialist, Hugo Lafrance, LEED AP BD+C and O+M, as a new member of its team. Mr. Lafrance joins Lemay’s sustainable development team, which has the mission to support all project teams in their efforts to design sustainable living environments.

Over the last 10 years, Mr. Lafrance has been fine tuning his expertise in sustainable solutions for built environment. During this period, he cofounded Ecotactiques, an independent sustainable building consultation firm, and worked collaboratively with numerous architects. He has successfully performed various mandates including environmental analyses of construction products, sustainable building projects consultation, as well as training workshops.

Among Hugo Lafrance’s achievements are a dozen LEED certified projects, which he coordinated, such as the LEED Gold-CFER des Chênes building in Drummondville. The transport industry also benefited from his expertise, especially in the expansion of RTC’s Metrobus Centre in Quebec City and in the construction of Waskaganish’s new airport terminal. He also led the LEED coordination for the ETS’
student residence (phase 4).

In addition to be president of the Communications Committee for the Quebec division of the Canada Green Building Council, Hugo Lafrance is also a member of the International Living Future Institute, the Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal, CRE Montreal, and GaïaPresse.

A solar home made out of fabric

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A french article about renewable energy on the ”Faites le plein d’avenir” blog.

Le palais du Roi Soleil n’aura jamais aussi bien porté son nom. Du 28 juin au 19 juillet 2014, se tiendra à Versailles le Solar Décathlon. Cette compétition internationale réunit des élèves d’universités et de grandes écoles autour d’un défi : concevoir une habitation dont la seule énergie provient du soleil.

Parmi la vingtaine de maisons qui s’étaleront dans le parc du Château de Versailles, laTechstyle Haus. Une maison passive réalisée en tissu solaire et conçue conjointement par l’université de Brown, la Rhode Island School of Design aux Etats-Unis et l’université de sciences appliquées d’Erfurt en Allemagne.

Pour en savoir plus, nous avons interrogé deux des protagonistes Kim-Dupont Madinier, en troisième année d’architecture à Rhode Island et Helen Bergstrom, ingénieure chimiste, en charge des questions énergétiques de la maison passive solaire…

Kim, Helen et un autre étudiant avec le professeur Jonathan Knowles. © Rupert Whiteley

« Quand mon professeur d’architecture, Jonathan Knowles m’a proposé ce projet, j’ai été enchantée » se souvient Kim, qui se passionne pour les structures en tension. De fait l’étudiante de 21 ans a acquis ainsi une expérience incroyable, au sein d’une équipe internationale d’une quarantaine de personnes. « Ce n’était pas toujours facile d’assurer une bonne coordination, entre deux continents mais surtout au sein de cultures très différentes : ingénieurs, architectes, designers et artistes ne parlent pas le même langage… ». Helen, elle aussi âgée de 21 ans, a trouvé là une vocation : « S’il n’est pas certain que je continue à m’intéresser aux maisons, la maîtrise des énergies m’apparait comme un enjeu capital. Concevoir et développer des modèles énergétiques durables pourrait devenir mon futur métier » explique l’ingénieure chimiste.

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Que la jeunesse de l’équipe (le benjamin a 19 ans, le doyen 35) ne vous trompe pas. La TechStyle Haus est loin d’être une plaisanterie. Le tissu constitué de fibre de verre est fourni par Saint-Gobain. Appelé Sheerfill®, ce matériau à très haute performance recouvre déjà des stades, comme le Dôme du Millénaire (O2 Arena) de Londres. « Nous avons incorporé à ce textile, des panneaux solaires souples, sur une surface totale de 5,9 m2 qui assurent l’ensemble de la production d’énergie de notre maison qui répond au standard allemand Passivhaus», précise Helen.

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Difficulté supplémentaire, la maison, une véritable habitation de 85,8 m2 pouvant accueillir jusqu’à cinq habitants (le prototype présenté à Versaille est conçu pour deux habitants, mais l’espace est modulable), est construite aux Etats-Unis avant d’être entièrement démontée pour être expédiée à Versailles. « Nous avons tout prévu, nous rassure Kim, tous les modules sont démontables, et la couverture textile externe, d’un seul tenant, se roule délicatement comme un tapis ».

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Qu’elle gagne ou non le Solar Décathlon, la TechStyle Haus a déjà assuré son avenir. A l’issue de la compétition, elle reprendra sa route pour s’installer dans le parc d’un autre château, celui de Boisbuchet à Lessac, en Charente. Elle sera offerte à ce domaine qui accueille régulièrement expositions et séminaires autour du design et l’art contemporain et hébergera les visiteurs. A terme, une fois les performances du prototype évaluées sur un an, 8 nouvelles Techstyle Haus viendront constituer un véritable petit village solaire et écologique.

Dernier point : le prix de cette maison qui se chauffe et se rafraichit avec une énergie équivalente à la consommation d’un sèche-cheveux ? « 300 000 $ » estiment ses co-conceptrices.

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Harvest Green Project

The concept of ‘harvest’ is explored in the project through the vertical farming of vegetables, herbs, fruits, fish, egg laying chickens, and a boutique goat and sheep dairy facility. In addition, renewable energy will be harvested via green building design elements harnessing geothermal, wind and solar power. The buildings have photovoltaic glazing and incorporate small and large-scale wind turbines to turn the structure into solar and wind-farm infrastructure. In addition, vertical farming potentially adds energy back to the grid via methane generation from composting non-edible parts of plants and animals. Furthermore, a large rainwater cistern terminates the top of the ‘harvest tower’ providing on-site irrigation for the numerous indoor and outdoor crops and roof gardens.

The ‘Harvest Green Project’ by Romses Architects was a winning entry in a recent competition held by the city of Vancouver: ‘The 2030 Challenge’ to address climate change plans and to guide greener and denser development, reducing carbon emissions for the future.

This billboard cleans up more pollution than 1,200 trees

Dirty polluted air is a real problem in most congested cities, and finding new ways to clean it up is always a good idea. So when the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) decided to build a new campus in downtown Lima, they came up with an air-cleaning billboard to minimize the impact of the work on local air quality. If the billboard works as planned, UTEC plans to develop the technology by building more.

UTEC was also last year’s water generating billboard creator, so clearly these students have a thing for combining environmental projects with advertising signs. At over 3.5 million cubic feet of fresh air a day, the sign scrubs the air as efficiently as 1,200 trees, making it easier for everyone to breathe over a five block radius.


Lima has some of the worst air quality in the world, but because the billboard was to be installed in a construction area, UTEC designed it specifically to filter out the types of contaminants generated during such as dust, metal particles and stone dust, along with bacteria and germs. UTEC took samples of the recovered contaminants, and is using them to learn more about urban pollution. The cleaning process uses water and basic thermodynamics to clean the air, and the entire billboard uses only about 2,500 watts when it’s running. That’s less than a large room air conditioner.

To see UTEC’s video…

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Impressive project in West Virginia : The Sustainability Treehouse

Joe Fletcher

A 38-metre-high treehouse by American studio Mithun is the venue for the Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America, but also functions as a treetop exhibition centre for visitors to the surrounding West Virginia park.

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The Sustainability Treehouse is located at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, a 4,000-hectare tract of land in rural West Virginia. It was designed by Mithun as the permanent home for the two-week-long Jamboree, which takes place every four years and is attended by 50,000 scouts and volunteers.

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The architects specified unfinished materials that would naturally weather, reducing the need for maintenance. These included Corten steel, reclaimed oak and locally sourced black locust, which was used for siding and floors.

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The building was designed to be self sufficient, so sustainability initiatives were introduced to enable it to generate its own heating, electricity and water.

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Photovoltaic panels and wind turbines are fixed to the roof, while a 4,500-litre cistern and water cleansing system allows occupants to reuse rainwater and a composting toilet system helps to reduce the water demand.

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A steel staircase leads up through the four main storeys of the structure, which alternate between indoor and outdoor spaces. Exhibitions on each floor teach visitors about sustainability, whilst immersing them into the forest canopy.

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“The treehouse captures the wonder of childhood exploration and places environmental education at the forefront of meaningful experiences and camp messages for thousands of annual visitors to take home,” said Mithun.

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As well as the annual scout Jamboree, the structure plays host to annual festivities and educational programmes throughout the year, and forms a meeting place at the heart of numerous woodland activities.

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The Sustainability Treehouse was one of ten buildings recognised by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as the top green projects of 2014 and was praised by judges for its “exuberant and expressive design” that is both “contextual and respectful of the site”.

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“The project introduces sustainability in a playful manner by getting boy scout campers up into the trees in order to explore the forest canopy and to learn in the living classrooms,” said the judges. “The project makes sustainable building techniques easily accessible and understandable.”

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Design : Mithun
Photography : Joe Fletcher

Mardis verts lecture series: “Stinson Transport Centre: the way forward”

The Stinson Transport Centre of the Société de transport de Montréal will be presented as part of the Mardis verts lecture series, an initiative of the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ), which highlights architectural projects that are noteworthy for their ecological and sustainable impact. For the occasion, Michel Lauzon, architect, urban designer, partner and chief creative officer, Jean-François Gagnon, architect, and Yanick Casault, associate, project manager, will present the Stinson Transport Centre which targets a LEED Gold certification.

 

Intended for both the general public as well as architects, the conference will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00 PM at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, located at 1920 Baile Street in Montreal. Those interested in attending this free event must register via the OAQ website. It will also be possible to watch the conference online. However, please note that the lecture will only be available in French.

 

For more information, please see the official invitation.

To learn more about the Stinson Transport Centre, click here.

green loop network to clean up waste processing

‘green loop’ by present architecture, new york city, new york, united states
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large cities produce large amounts of trash and create a lot more to transport it to far away landfills. looking at new york city as the site of study, local practice present architecture posits the ‘green loop’ as a solution to large scale waste management. intended to be used as a network along the city’s waterfront, the green loop is a floating energy production oasis with a street-level composting facility, elevated park, and barges and railways to efficiently transport the compost to other locations. trash is then transported only a short distance to the borough’s green loop which offers more public space as it responsibly processes waste, tackling two pertinent urban issues simultaneously. the master plan proposes the construction of 10 hubs around the 520 miles of coast in the city effectively alleviating congestion issues and dramatically lowers unnecessary energy waste while contributing 125 acres of public park land.

rooftop gardens
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public park space
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interior composting area
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public space reduces congestion and offers new perspectives
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network locations
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interior organization
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