Forging pathways to decarbonize our built environment

From extraction to construction and operation. 
Real-world solutionens, applied at scale.

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Climate change demands action.

Act urgently but plan strategically

We take our research out of the lab into the real world. Our goal is to drive rapid and sustainable change in the architecture, engineering and construction ecosystem to drastically reduce the detrimental effects of human activity on the planet.

We partner with actors from multiple sectors of society to test and implement our ideas at the ground level — where they can have real and immediate impact.

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Our current focus: upgrading the existing building stock.

80% of buildings that will be standing in Canada in 2050 already exist. Rapid mass deployment of deep energy retrofits is critical to meet net-zero emissions targets by then.

Deep energy retrofits (DERs) substantially reduce buildings' energy consumption demand (50%-80%+) and greenhouse gas emissions by upgrading a building's insulation, airtightness and mechanical systems while avoiding landfill and land use emissions. “The most sustainable building is the one already built.”

Our approach is referred to as “over-cladding”: wrapping a building's exterior with insulated, prefabricated panels and replacing its ventilation and mechanical systems with smaller, ultra-high efficiency ones.

For more on our work on deep energy retrofits
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Discover Our Collaborators

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Public
  • Arrondissement de l’Île-Bizard—Sainte-Geneviève
  • Société d’habitation du Québec
Not-for-profit
  • Building decarbonization alliance
  • Pembina institute
  • Québec BVI – Bâtiment vert et intelligent
  • ReCover Initiative
  • Retrofit Canada
  • The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)
  • Transition Accelerator
  • Zero Emissions Innovation Centre
Industry
  • If Then Architecture Inc.
  • Minotair Inc.
  • RG Solutions