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The Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards
In June of 2015 the EMTF Saskatoon chapter decided it was time to recognize and honor outstanding achievement of individuals and organizations in Energy Management.
The awards are titled the Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards in honor of the well known and respected engineer who passed away this year.
Winners are selected from the list of nominees submitted before September 30th to the EMTF Saskatoon Awards Review Committee led by Kelly Winder.
The 2015 Winners by category are:
Rob Dumont, PhD.
Dr. Rob Dumont is recognized across Canada, North America, and globally as a leader in the planning and design of energy efficient housing. He has played a prominent role in a number of ground-breaking projects that have brought recognition and prestige to Saskatchewan. For over 30 years, Rob contributed to the advancement of sustainable building science at the National Research Council and Saskatchewan Research Council, always with an emphasis on energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. He worked on the Saskatchewan Conservation House, Canada’s first low energy house incorporating passive solar, active solar and super-insulated construction and the house upon which much of the German PassivHaus standard is based. As part of this project, he aided in the development of the first residential air to air heat exchanger in Canada. He co-developed the residential energy analysis software program HOTCAN, which is now being marketed as the HOT-2000 software program. Rob’s work contributed significantly to the development of the R-2000 Program for low energy housing in Canada. He worked on code and standards development for housing agencies including the National Building Code of Canada and Saskatchewan Housing Corporation. He was instrumental in developing demonstration projects including the Canadian Advanced Houses Program, the Saskatchewan Advanced House, and the Factor 9 Home, as well as his own home, known for some time as “the best insulated house in the world.”
Project of the Year
City of Saskatoon Leisure Centres
The City of Saskatoon has made investments in renewable and alternative energy at a number of its leisure centre facilities in recent years. The Lawson Civic Centre and Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre have been equipped with solar thermal heating systems for the pools to offset natural gas use. The collectors are visible to the public, increasing the profile of these projects. These projects demonstrate an exemplary application of solar thermal technology.
Combined Heat and Power units have been installed at the Lakewood Civic Centre and the Shaw Centre. These units use natural gas to generate electricity and the (waste) heat is used to heat the pool water. The City of Saskatoon has implemented a leading edge technology that has great potential for replication in other applications in Saskatchewan. Their leadership is building capacity within the local industry.
At each facility, significant energy monitoring has been installed so that the performance of these systems can be measured.
Business of the Year
Innovation Place has shown significant leadership in energy management as applied to buildings. Fourteen buildings have BOMA Best certification, including 2 buildings at the Platinum level. BOMA Best certification tracks performance on hazardous waste, energy, water, and solid waste management. Retro-commissioning and energy and water audits are performed regularly on all buildings.
Innovation Place has been exemplary in new construction as well, with the three newest buildings, one in each of Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon, LEED Gold certified. Landfill diversion and design to minimize waste are a priority in tenant fit-ups. Renewable energy systems have been installed on buildings in Saskatoon, including a solar air preheat system and a photovoltaic system.
Innovation Place also assists its tenants in reducing their energy use. Tenants are encouraged to share their initiatives with others, with sustainability initiative and education pieces included in the Innovation Place newsletter. An active recycling program exists for more than just the items included in the city recycling programs. Preferred parking is provided for car pool vehicles and motorcycles, and bicycle lockers, bike racks, and bicycle repair stations have been installed. Incentives are provided by the food services locations to discourage the use of disposable dishes, and takeaway containers for those who do use them are biodegradable.
In the development of its campus landscaping, Innovation Place has made walking and cycling easy, recently improved pedestrian access to the U of S campus, and included edible plants. The grounds include people spaces that are attractive year round.