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Environment

St-Jean & Fils has long been dedicated to minimizing the impact of construction practices on the natural environment. In 2008, a research and development division was opened to work towards the conception of a “net-zero” energy-consuming building. Over the course of the last four years, our team has furthered its technical training and accreditation through the NovoClimat and LEED environmentally sustainable construction programs. We continue to work with leading specialists in the fields of renewable energy, high performance mechanical systems, and construction prefabrication, to develop the most environmentally sustainable construction model. Our first prototype, the Morin-Heights Hybrid Home was completed in 2011. The Hybrid construction concept is at the heart of our sustainable model, with a focus on material selection, reuse and recycling; energy conservation and onsite power generation; water sequestration and conservation; as well as innovation in project design and execution.

Materials

 

Material selection is one of the primary elements of any sustainable project. Our team focuses on the selection of locally manufactured, rapidly renewable materials with a regeneration cycle of 10 years or less. In addition, our design team strives to incorporate materials and structural elements that are recycled, reused or repurposed. A prime example being the use of repurposed maritime shipping containers as both a structural element and a delivery method for pre-constructed spaces.

Waste Management

 

Across North America construction waste has been calculated to comprise up to sixty percent of the waste processed by municipalities. The bulk of this waste can be attributed to the inefficient use of new materials, the lack of recycling facilities and the low cost of waste disposal. By centering our construction model on pre-fabrication, we are able to cost effectively manage the reuse and recycling of materials that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.

Energy

 

Our primary focus has been one of energy conservation with a secondary focus on energy generation. As such, our designs consist of a heavily insulated shell with minimal fenestration on north facing walls. The greatest surface area of the envelope of the building is oriented south with an abundance of windows to benefit from natural lighting and passive solar heating. To complement the thermal efficiency of our designs, we integrate photovoltaic, solar-thermal and wind turbine energy generators into the envelope of the building.

Water

 

Water conservation is a growing priority even in places with an abundance of fresh water, such as Quebec. In order to reduce the consumption of potable water, our designs incorporate rainwater-harvesting techniques, low flow plumbing fixtures and landscaping consistent with regional ecosystems.

Innovation

 

At St-Jean & Fils, we believe innovation in the design and construction of commercial and residential buildings is the key to a more sustainable future. Our team continues to experiment with a multitude of cutting edge environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. The Morin-Heights hybrid construction prototype is in constant evolution as it serves our research and development team as an important source of empirical data to further the development of our “net-zero” design. At St-Jean & Fils, we believe innovation in the design and construction of commercial and residential buildings is the key to a more sustainable future. Our team continues to experiment with a multitude of cutting edge environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. The Morin-Heights hybrid construction prototype is in constant evolution as it serves our research and development team as an important source of empirical data to further the development of our “net-zero” design.