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The highly sustainable Côte-Ste-Catherine building

2019–2020 Building Energy Challenge winner

October 9, 2020

HEC Montréal’s Côte-Ste-Catherine building is one of the four institutional winners in the second annual Building Energy Challenge competition sponsored by BOMA Québec. The award goes to institutions that stand out in Quebec for their energy efficiency performance and their managers’ commitment to a sustainable future.

A total of 162 buildings were nominated this year. The winners were chosen based on the reduction in their energy index between 2018 and 2019, as compared with buildings of similar energy intensity and similar size.

The Challenge, launched in 2018, seeks to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings over a four-year span. It is free to enter and open to all. A major gala will be held in 2022 to announce the overall results and the impacts of the competition on the community.

The Challenge has already had an impact on participants’ environmental footprint, in fact. Between 2018 and 2019, greenhouse gas emissions from the 162 competing buildings fell by 3.36%, or 33% of the Building Energy Challenge’s goal of 10%, representing some 700 fewer cars on the road.

The sponsor of the Challenge, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Québec), is the largest association of commercial property owners and managers in the province. BOMA Québec is also known for its BOMA BEST environmental certification program, in which the Côte-Ste-Catherine building holds a silver level.