MONTREAL, Nov. 20, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) has achieved LEED® Gold-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) certification, one of the highest distinctions in green building and an internationally recognized mark of excellence.
EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP: A RESULT THAT EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
Initiated in 2010, the certification process originally aimed for the Silver level of LEED® certification. Thanks to the steady work and commitment of the design team, the contractor, and the LEED® coordinators over four years, the project obtained the gold level.
THE BUILDING'S EFFICIENCY IN A FEW FIGURES
The LEED® system assessed the project's performance in five key categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The Research Centre particularly stood out with respect to the following points:
- A thermal envelope that is 30% more efficient than the reference building;
- The diversion of 95% of construction, demolition and land-clearing waste;
- A 40% reduction in drinking water consumption;
- An appreciable use of non-toxic materials for the health of occupants;
- An over 35% (36.6%) usage of regional materials, which contributes to the local economy.
A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC INSTITUTION
An emblematic building for the future Quartier de la santé in Montréal, the CRCHUM is a remarkable demonstration of the relationship between health and the environment. The building itself thus furthers the CRCHUM's mission. A showcase for medical research in Québec and an outstanding example of a socially responsible public institution, the Research Centre is the founding structure of this future health district.
"This LEED gold certification corresponds to our approach at the CRCHUM: that of exceeding expectations through innovation and setting standards of excellence in matters of health and the environment," states Dr. Jacques Turgeon, Chief Executive Officer of the CHUM.
About the CRCHUM
The Research Centre of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) is one of the largest French-language research center in North America. It is home to over 435 researchers, more than 470 graduate students and approximately 735 professionals and support staff. The CRCHUM's mission is to improve adult health through a continuum of research that covers basic sciences, clinical research and public health research.
UP TO THE CHALLENGE
A project of this size required enormous effort, cooperation and innovation from the team of architects, engineers, the contractor and the LEED® coordinators. The work of obtaining certification was assured by the consortium of RPM Développement Durable and Martin Roy et Associés.
The project team was composed of the following partners:
For photos of the project, go see: http://bit.ly/1vmTSno
SOURCE: RPM Sustainable Development
For further information: Source: Isabelle Lavigne, Communications Advisor, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), Telephone: 514 890-8000, extension 15293, [email protected], Communications and Access to Information Division; Source - Réal Migneault - PA LEED BD + C, RPM Développement Durable, Telephone: 514 388-2505, Cell: 514 606-2500, [email protected], LEED coordination: Consortium RPM Développement Durable et Martin Roy et Associés