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Sustainable Buildings

Buildings account for 9.7% of Québec’s total GHG emissions, so there is room for improvement, particularly in the area of energy efficiency.

The emergence of low-carbon buildings requires improved energy efficient, greater reliance on renewable energy such as geothermal, solar, and hydroelectric power, and use materials such as wood that generate minimal GHG emissions throughout their lifecycles. We also need an integrated approach that takes energy needs and GHG emissions into account right from the design or renovation planning stage.

The Climate Change Action Plan promotes green buildings in Québec through the

  • Use of renewable energies such as solar, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric power
  • Conversion of heating systems from fuel oil to renewable energy sources
  • Installation of cooling systems that generate fewer GHG emissions
  • Use of wood as a construction material

In addition to these initiatives, new standards will also be adopted to encourage the construction of more efficient, low-carbon-footprint buildings.

In Québec, the Climate Change Action Plan supports a number of sustainable building initiatives:

  • Energy efficiency in buildings (in French). Collège Sainte-Anne received $458,000 in financial assistance from the government to replace its two natural-gas–fired furnaces with a set of heat pumps supported by two new high-efficiency furnaces. The system will be used for heating the building and producing hot water. Annual savings in natural gas are estimated at 194,664 m³, leading to a reduction in GHG emissions of 366.5 tons of CO2 This is akin to removing 108 vehicles from Québec roads.

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