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Varennes Library

Canada’s first institutional net-zero building

Varennes, Quebec
Labbé, Laroche/Gagné, Leclerc et Associés
Stantec awarded six CCE Awards
Netting a net-zero north of 40

The City of Varennes wanted to offer its population a new, modern living environment—one that was comfortable and welcoming while promoting access to information, education, and culture.

We designed a unique, energy-efficient building, including high-performance electromechanical systems, with a net-zero objective: producing the same quantity of energy as it consumes.

As a flagship project in sustainable design, the Varennes library is the first institutional net-zero building in Canada. Plus, the energy-efficiency measures put in place enabled this building to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Spread across two floors and covering a total area of 24,000 square feet, the new library offers an environment conducive to learning and discovery, with an abundance of natural light-bathed spaces. The building includes an activity room, work spaces, reading room, parenting and breastfeeding area, computer lab with state-of-the-art technology, and listening and viewing stations.

The library has seen its attendance double since its December 2014 opening. 

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