Centre for Sustainable Development: A Green Demonstration Building

Green Demonstration Building

The City of Montreal and Équiterre, an agency that promotes environmental and social responsibility, designed and built the first Quebec building to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

The Centre for Sustainable Development is a 65,000-square-foot green building in downtown Montreal's entertainment district that houses Équiterre and several sustainable-development organizations. In addition to offices, the building has a sustainable development interpretative centre.

Planners brought together city and Hydro-Québec officials, architects, builders and other stakeholders to design the centre. Geothermal heating and other energy-efficiency measures were incorporated to help cut energy consumption. A fresh-air ventilation system and a wall covered with plants provides first-rate air quality.


Environmental Economic Social
  • 60%-65% reduction in energy use resulting from green construction, heating and lighting
  • Improved air qualityfrom fresh-air ventilation, wall of plants
  • 60%-65% reduction in heating, lighting, ventilation and other energy costs
  • Cost savings are incentives for more green construction  
  • Green building offers healthier, more comfortable workplace
  • Interpretative centre provides educational and research tool for sustainable building


  • Coordinating a diverse group of project participants.
  • Incorporating a significant amount of recovered, reused and recycled material into the building's construction.
  • Modifying designs to keep construction costs on budget.

Lessons learned

  • Employ an integrated team that can meet regularly to solve planning and design questions.
  • Involve municipal and public utility officials to facilitate regulatory and other public aspects of the process.
  • Make public education a part of the project to foster awareness of sustainable development.


Partners and Collaborators

Project Contact

Normand Roy
Montreal, QC
T. 514-214-3375

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