STGM architects builds a sustainable office block in quebec STGM architects builds a sustainable office block in quebec
apr 26, 2015

STGM architects builds a sustainable office block in quebec

STGM architects builds a sustainable office block in quebec
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canadian architecture practice STGM has completed their new head offices – located in the beauport borough of quebec city. comprising two storeys, the 1,000 square meter structure uses high performance concrete siding combined with eastern cedar to convey a bold and distinctive appearance. internally, the program includes two vast open-area workshops, closed offices, conference rooms, and indoor and outdoor meeting and breakout areas.

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as the building is seeking to claim LEED platinum accreditation, a number of features have been included to limit the amount of energy used. the strategies employed aim to reduce the consumption of drinking water through the use of such water-saving accessories as low-flow faucets and shower heads, with rainwater to flush the toilets.

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an ambitious reduction in energy consumption of over 60% compared with the reference building was sought through an innovative aerothermal design and recuperation of the building’s internal heat. a solar wall was also erected on the south-west façade of the building to preheat fresh air. several control strategies also mitigated at-source needs by adapting lighting, heating and cooling use to actual occupation and needs.

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the building’s location has its benefits for users. the dense sector is located on the outskirts of the downtown core, near a busy highway, with public transportation and a variety of services. two parking lots are reserved for carpoolers and a charging station for electric cars is at the disposal of employees. the south facing terrace serves as a much appreciated rest area with landscaping featuring maintenance free and edible plantings.

STGM architects new head offices quebec city designboom
image © stéphane groleau

STGM architects new head offices quebec city designboom
image © stéphane groleau

STGM architects new head offices quebec city designboom
image © stéphane groleau

STGM architects new head offices quebec city designboom
image © stéphane groleau

STGM architects new head offices quebec city designboom
image © stéphane groleau

STGM architects new head offices quebec city designboom
image © stéphane groleau

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