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Rainwater recovery A cistern harvests rainwater, which is redirected to the building’s toilets. Such measures are expected to reduce consumption of drinking water by 55% and of wastewater by 58%. Advantages Saves drinking water and reduces the amount of wastewater requiring treatment.
Supplemental cementitious materials (SCMs) The Portland cement used to make the building’s concrete contains 10% to 20% fly ash, a residue recycled from coal-fired power plants. The building also features two experimental concrete slabs (fitted with monitoring equipment) made in part with powdered glass from recycled bottles.
Living wall A 400-plant colony vertically mounted on a 5-storey wall over a duct that “inhales” air so that microorganisms living on the roots can feed on pollutants in the air, acting as a natural air filter. Advantage Cleans the indoor air of some pollutants.
Green roof The building is covered by a 800 m2 green roof made from a pre-grown roll of InstaGreen vegetation consisting of 10 species of sedum, a group of plants well adapted to life on a Quebec rooftop.
Architects Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Mechanical and electrical engineering
Mission Equiterre helps build a social movement by encouraging individuals, organizations and governments to make ecological and equitable choices, in a spirit of solidarity.
Montreal, July 10, 2012 – From July 17 to August 12, 2012, the Centre for Sustainable Development launches its new art venue, the Atrium, with the exhibition L’industrie du recyclage à Delhi by the photojournalist François Pesant.
Open House Week at the Centre for Sustainable Development runs from October 17 to 21.
The Centre for Sustainable Development was inaugurated this morning by its eight socially and environmentally minded member organizations and their partners.
Montreal, October 6, 2011 - The Centre for Sustainable Development, the first commercial building in the downtown core of a major Canadian city to seek LEED Platinum certification in the category of new construction, was inaugurated today by its eight socially and environmentally minded member organizations and their donor partners. “We beat the odds!” marvels chair Sidney Ribaux.
The Centre for Sustainable Development held a kiosk at the Salon National de l'Environnement on June 18, 19 and 20.
Montreal, May 12, 2010 – Desjardins Group is proud to announce that it will be a major partner of the Centre for Sustainable Development in Montréal. In addition to providing $250,000 in financial support, Desjardins will put its network to good use by hosting an event this fall in the Grande Place at Complexe Desjardins to rally citizens and raise funds.