The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced the winners of this year’s Technology Awards.

Once gain, a Quebec firm is among the select few, who will be presented with their awards at the ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference to be held January 23-27 in Orlando, Florida.

Pageau Morel and Associates of Montreal (Nicolas Lemire, ing., president), has received first place in the new educational facilities category for the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building at John Abbot College in St-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.

The building is named after Anne-Marie Edward, a student at John Abbot who had been pursuing an engineering degree when she became a victim of the 1989 shooting at Ecole Polytechnique.

The six-storey laboratory building at John Abbot College combines energy systems, using geothermal wells, electrical heating and cooling, natural gas hot water heating and solar preheating. Potable water consumption is reduced with the use of low flow plumbing fixtures.

It maximizes resources through reuse and recuperation, as follows:

  • reuse of return air as compensation air in laboratories
  • reuse of coil condensation water to humidify exhaust air
  • recuperation on both general and laboratory exhausts
  • recuperation through heat pump extraction and storage in stratified tanks
  • recuperation of rainwater and fan-coil condensation water.

ASHRAE’s citation notes that laboratory ventilation requirements and large glazing surfaces can have devastating effects on energy efficiency. Nonetheless, the building’s actual energy use is 45% lower than the baseline case and 10% lower than the simulation.

The other four ASHRAE Technology Awards went to U.S. engineers and projects, Cyclone Energy Group for the Walgreens Net Zero Store in Evanston, Illinois (new commercial buildings); Integral Group for DPR Construction’s San Francisco Net Positive Energy Office (existing commercial buildings); Port of Seattle for the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport Pre-Co`nditioned Air (new industrial facilities and processes); and Ecotope for the Stack House Apartments in Seattle, Washington (residential).