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The Cartierville YMCA is an 88,000 ft2 (8180 m2) building that offers aquatic, sports and recreation facilities. The project was made possible due to an innovative public-community partnership between the Quebec government, the City of Montreal and the YMCA. The owners mandated an energy-efficient HVAC design that would become a focal point of this environment-friendly building. By combining renewable geothermal energy and heat recovery systems, the mechanical engineering team was able to craft a self-financing project designed to reduce energy consumption by 54%, which translates into savings of $200,000 a year on energy-related costs.

Citation: ASHRAE Journal, vol. 54, no. 8, August 2012