Energy efficiency - The new St. Gédéon de Beauce municipal garage, erected by Murox, boasts energy savings of 60%



    ST. GEDEON DE BEAUCE, QC, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Murox, a business unit of
Canam Group (TSX: CAM), has enabled the municipality of St. Gédéon de Beauce
to demonstrate a real commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable
development, thanks to the ventilated thermal wall (VTP(TM)) incorporated into
the design of the municipality's new facility. This product was developed by
Murox as part of its research and development program on energy-efficient
buildings.
    At the inauguration of the new St. Gédéon de Beauce municipal garage,
Murox president Pierre Arcand said that energy bills will be cut 60% by a
combination of VTP(TM) wall panels, a high performance lighting system and a
geothermal system for heating.
    "Over the last few years, Murox has concentrated its efforts on
developing a high performance building envelope," he added. "Today, Murox is
the only prefabricated building manufacturer in North America to offer an
integrated, energy-efficient solution. Our goal is to support companies and
municipalities in improving their environmental record, while at the same time
helping to boost their performance."
    Murox ventilated thermal panels, placed on the building's south-facing
facade, capture solar energy to preheat outside air that is subsequently used
to heat the building. This reduces the building's heating bill by 25%. The new
municipal garage's VTP(TM) wall captures enough energy to heat the
558-square-metre (6,006 sq. ft.) building during the fall and spring months.
    Besides energy savings, the VTP(TM) wall provides other significant
benefits. With virtually the same thickness as a basic Murox load-bearing
panel, ventilated thermal panels blend perfectly with the rest of the
building. The fact that the VTP(TM) wall is entirely shop-assembled allows for
rapid and efficient on-site erection.
    "We're impressed by the thermal wall's performance," said St. Gédéon de
Beauce mayor Eric Lachance. "We started using the heating system on a
continuous basis in November. Up until then, the solar captor supplied us with
enough hot air to heat the whole garage. And now, since April to be exact, we
feel no need to use the heating system on sunny days."

    An integrated solution

    The VTP(TM) wall is one of the components of the integrated solution that
Murox markets under the MuroxEnergy(TM) brand name. This solution offers a
simplified and cost-effective approach to designing and manufacturing new,
highly energy-efficient buildings. It is custom-designed and allows the
building owner to achieve significant energy cost savings for heating, air
conditioning and lighting.
    The MuroxEnergy(TM) solution was used in the design and construction of
the new Stageline Group building in L'Assomption, located in the Lanaudière
region of Quebec. Inaugurated in the fall of 2008, this building consumes
69.2% less energy than a similar building that meets the standards of the
National Energy Code for Buildings, without directly emitting any greenhouse
gases, making it the most energy-efficient industrial building in Quebec.

    Ecological footprint

    Through its partnership with the municipality and in a spirit of
sustainable development, Murox will assess St. Gédéon de Beauce's ecological
footprint in order to develop an action plan aimed at further improving the
municipality's environmental record.

    The business unit

    Murox manufactures and erects high performance building systems for the
commercial, industrial and institutional construction markets. Thanks to its
innovative technology of shop-assembled, load-bearing wall panels, Murox
offers owners, developers and general contractors customized buildings of
superior quality for their construction projects.

    Canam Group is an industrial company operating 12 plants specialized in
the design and fabrication of construction products and solutions. The company
employs close to 2,600 people in Canada, the United States, Romania and India,
and has partnerships with companies in Mexico, France, Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates, Russia and China.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Lemaire, Communications Advisor,
Murox, 1-866-466-8769, isabelle.lemaire@canamgroup.ws; www.canamgroup.ws;
www.murox.ws


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