Sustainable building management

Sustainable building design brings with it many benefits – lower operating costs; reduced consumption of energy, water, and materials; and a smaller environmental footprint.

Sustainable buildings can also be more easily repurposed, have a longer service life, help generate local economic benefits, and create a healthier living environment.

In order to incorporate sustainable development principles in such major projects as building design, construction, and renovation, and in view of the major investments made as part of of Québec's infrastructure plan, the OMHM has sought to involve its entire technical staff in these efforts, as well as its professionals and partners.

A reference guide called Guide de référence pour l’intégration des principes de développement durable dans la construction et la rénovation des bâtiments has been developed to fulfill these needs and to serve as a useful tool for all those involved.

You can read the full version of the guide (in French only) here: Guide de référence pour l’intégration des principes de développement durable dans la construction et la rénovation des bâtiments.


Sustainable Development

The desire to incorporate sustainable developments strategies in renovation projects and make more information choices has become a priority for many individuals, including constructions professionals and occasional handypersons.

The Guide de référence is an essential resources for constructions professionsals and for occasional handypersons on incorporating sustainable development practices in building maintenance procedures.

The guide discusses key criteria for selecting construction materials, reducing energy consumption, improving air quality, protecting the architectural heritage, despite existing economic constraints. Participants are also asked to listed measures employed in renovation projects on a feedback form.

The Guide covers the following 10 sustainable development topics:


             Goal: Reduce building energy consumption by promoting the use of renewable energy sources.

        2. EAU

            Goal: Reduce demand for drinking water, generation of wastewater and impact on water resources.

         3. AIR

             Goal: Improve indoor air quality and reduce the impact of emissions into the atmosphere.

        4. MATERIALS

             Goal: Reduce the environmental impact of product life cycles and improve air quality.


            Goal: Improve indoor air quality and reduce the environmental impact of product life cycles.


              Goal: Ensure economic properity that support social development and that minimizes environmental impact.


             Goal: Preserve the architectual heritage of construction sites.


              Goal: Improve the health and life quality of tenants and the neighbouring community.


              Goal: Promote equity and civic spirit with respect to apartment facilities and renovation work.


              Goal: Share a vision of projects based on user participation and information.

The incorporation of these criteria aimed at improving tenant life quality, health and comfort clearly illustrates the extent to which this sustainable development is of importance in so many areas other than buildings.

Energy Efficiency

The OMHM's energy efficiency projects for 2007 and 2008 cut energy consumption by 94,295 gigajoules or the annual consumption of 1,347 apartments!

These savings cut emissions by 10,867 tons of greenhouse gases (equivalent produced by 2,170 voitures) and permitted the sale of credits on the voluntary carbon market.

By pursuing its efforts to boost energy performance and cut greenhouse gas emission, the OMHM is contributing to the Government of Québec's target of a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 1990 levels) by 2020.

For the 2010-2015 period, the OMHM anticipates a 5% reduction in energy consumption and a 7% cut in greenhouse gas emission. It has accordingly planned improvements to ventilation systems, insulation and building envelope seals and better management of electromechanical systems. 

To meet these objectives, however, the OMHM will require the valued cooperation  of its 40,000 tenants. Please visit the Think Green suggestions for tips on ways to cut your own energy and water consumptions, along with techniques for improving your recycling practices. Each of us can do her and his share for the environment and combat climate change. 


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