May 4, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The Green Energy Benny Farm project, developed by Montreal-based (l’Office de l’clectisme urbain et fonctionnel) Pearl Poddubiuk et associs, Architects in partnership with the engineering firm of Martin Roy et Associs, won the Bronze prize at the global Holcim Awards in Bangkok, Thailand in late April. Last September, the team took home the Gold prize in the North American Holcim Awards, thereby qualifying for the global competition among the 15 best projects from around the world. This international award was accompanied by a $150,000 US cash prize.
“I would like to congratulate the designers of the Green Energy Benny Farm project on this Bronze award, the crowning glory of their innovative journey to sustainable construction,” said Philippe Arto, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Lawrence Cement. “This project is concrete proof that it is possible to take into account environmental, socio-economic and cultural factors in the construction of sustainable buildings. I am convinced that the approach put forward in Montreal by L’OEUF and its partners will become a benchmark in urban development and will inspire other creative minds around the world,” he concluded.
The project is a model of urban architecture and landscaping. It comprises the sustainable construction and renovation of 187 housing units on four properties, each linked to a common green infrastructure.
“This award is the culmination of 15 years of sustained efforts by the designers and their partners. These efforts were founded on genuine social and community values, fused with the project artisans’ vision of viable urban development,” said architect Daniel Pearl.
The Benny Farm project hopes to obtain LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification as a model of green architecture and the enlightened use of various technological innovations to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, potable water consumption and waste production, and to increase energy efficiency.
“This project was born from our desire to apply our shared expertise to the community of Notre-Dame-de Grce. In the process, it occurred to us that Benny Farm could be applied to other urban environments and social realities around the world,” added Mark Poddubiuk, Associate.
The Holcim Awards competition was launched by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, established in Switzerland with the collaboration of five of the most prestigious technical universities in the world. Judging of the sustainable construction projects was conducted by a jury of 15 independent and internationally recognized scientific, business and social experts. The selection criteria were based on environmental and aesthetic qualities, as well as ethical and economic considerations.
The presentation of the global Holcim Awards concludes the first three-year cycle of this competition. The next cycle will begin mid-2007.
For more information on the Holcim Awards, please visit www.holcimfoundation.org/awards. For more information on the Green Energy Benny Farm project, please visit www.loeuf.com.