Stageline Group inaugurates LEED-compliant industrial building in Quebec
Stageline Group, a leader in the design, manufacture and rental of mobile stages, recently inaugurated Quebec’s most energy-efficient industrial building, the second-highest-performing facility of its kind in Canada. David Whissell, Quebec Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region, Marc Dutil, president and chief operating officer of Canam Group, and Pierre Arcand, president of MuroxEnergy, attended the event.
Built at a cost of $6.5 million, with 20 per cent of this amount earmarked to meet the “green construction” and “energy efficiency” LEED certification criteria, the Stageline Group facility constitutes a first among small and medium-size industrial businesses in Quebec.
“We did not hesitate to invest in innovative concepts that have made our building a unique laboratory,” declared Stageline Group president and COO Lise Morissat. “Together with MuroxEnergy, we developed a practical method for successfully executing a sustainable-construction project specific to small and medium-size firms.”
The project has served to advance green-construction expertise, enabling engineers, architects, site managers and skilled workers to acquire cutting-edge know-how in the region of L’Assomption, the city where the facility was built.
The Stageline Group building produces energy savings of 70 per cent compared to a conventional structure. The firm thus expects to make a profit on its investment within six years and believes that eco-responsible construction can be profitable for SMBs provided that appropriate financial support mechanisms are in place.
Stageline Group’s new facility, covering nearly 40,000 square feet, has been designed to meet the stringent LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) norms of the Canada Green Building Council, whose certification the firm is in the process of obtaining. The building combines a high-energy-efficiency exterior envelope, geothermal power and solar energy harnessing systems, radiant flooring, and windows and light wells that maximize natural lighting and energy conservation. A system collects rainwater for reuse and exterior spaces are designed sustainably. Recycled materials and materials that have no harmful health effects were used in the construction process, whereas waste, pollutants and dust were minimized.