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Montreal's 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

by , 12/12/11

780 Brewster, Lemay Associés, green renovation, adaptive reuse, montreal, leed silver, eco office

The five-story converted factory now has a total surface area of 12,000 square meters, and 75% of the industrial heritage building’s structure (existing walls, floors and roofs) were reclaimed in the renovation. Lemay Associés fast-tracked the design and renovation of the structure and they were able to achieve LEED Silver certification for the existing building. The project added air conditioning and ventilation systems that are 50% more energy-efficient than standard new buildings. Larger, operable windows were installed to let in more light and allow for natural ventilation. The renovation also reused materials, like the metal plates and grillwork adorning the reception areas, to minimize waste.

The project also included the use of recycled, recyclable, non-toxic and no VOC furnishings and finishes. A new bike storage facility and locker rooms allow employees to commute to work via bicycle, and a metro station and bus stop are located nearby, providing access to public transportation. Energy-efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by 30%, and the landscaping does not require any irrigation. Lemay Associés was awarded with a number of design awards for their work on 780 Brewster – including the Énergia Award for Existing Building from the Association Québécoise Pour la Maîtrise de L’énergie in 2009.

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Images ©Claude-Simon Langlois courtesy of Lemay Associés

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2 Comments

  1. jerryjacob88 January 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

    this is just brilliant

  2. Buildingwell Buildingwell December 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    This conversion and upgrading of the mill is a great example that even these industrial structures can be made efficient – even to the point of LEED silver status which is great. It would be interesting to find out why they chose LEED EBOM rather than LEED NC considering this project most likely would have fallen under major renovation.

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