How to build post-Kyoto

A bilingual exhibition organised by the Quebec Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council
How to build post-Kyoto
This exhibition, first presented at Galerie MONOPOLI during the Montréal 2005:
United Nations Climate Change Conference, highlights the important role that the
building industry can play in the global challenge to mitigate climate change. Recent
projects from Québec illustrate the wide range of local opportunities and initiatives
aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from building-related sources.
These projects also give an overview of the current state of “green design” as
practiced in Québec.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference was the catalyst that inspired this
event and set in motion its rapid organisation. The 27 projects presented in the
exhibition are the responses to a submission call sent out in September 2005.
These projects are referenced on the large thermographic map that depicts the
urban heat islands in the Montréal region on a hot summer afternoon.
Nine award-winning feature projects were selected to represent a diversity of
climate change solutions and building types.
They demonstrate, with varying
degrees of success, the architectural integration of environmental building
A series of stacked material bases allow a visual comparison of the embodied
energy impacts of common construction materials - each base representing
approximately 15 kgs of GHG emissions.
A bilingual exhibition organised by the Quebec Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council
Eight major approaches for reducing GHG emissions are described on the large,
folded thematic panel. These approaches include: designing buildings that will be
“durable and adaptable” to future uses; specifying “low embodied energy” materials
or materials that can “sequester carbon;” maximizing the “energy performance” of a
building using “passive and renewable energy” strategies; encouraging development
that offers “transportation alternatives” to automobile use; creating pleasant “urban
microclimates;” and finally, engaging in “public awareness building” to direct society
towards a more sustainable future.
Complementing the wealth of printed material is a series of projected images and
an original sound track, composed specifically for this event.
How to build post-Kyoto asks us to consider our future built environment. Buildings
designed and constructed today will lock us into long-term energy consumption
patterns with enormous environmental consequences. Last year alone, there were
16 million square metres of newly constructed and renovated buildings in Canada.
This exhibition is therefore an urgent call for action directed primarily at owners,
developers, design professionals, and other decision-makers in the building industry
who have the power to cut - by 50% or more - the GHG emissions resulting from
their designs.
Curator, How to build post-Kyoto
For more information, contact:
Richard Klopp
(514) 931-7501
[email protected]
A bilingual exhibition organised by the Quebec Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council
How to Build post-Kyoto
181 St-Antoine West, Montréal, Québec
November 28 – December 12, 2005 *
* An official parallel event of the Montréal 2005: United Nations Climate Change Conference
A partnership between
the Canada Green Building Council and the Government of Canada
Presented with the generous support of
CMHC, Canadian Cement Association (translation services), Provencher Roy + associés
architectes (graphic design), Julia Bourke Architecture Inc. (project office)
Production team
Richard Klopp (curator), Ewa Chrzanowski (lead graphic design), Lisa Cecchini (copy editing),
Louise Larkin (translation), Adrián Hernández (sound), Fahed Hammami, Gaëtan Havart,
Dominic Laroche, Gemma McLintock, Mireille Shebib-Aube, Pascale Tetrault, Diane Thode
Project support
Claude Bourbeau, Julia Bourke, Ray Cole, Danielle Dewar, Nancy Dunton, Michel Durand,
Sophie Gironnay, Kevin Hydes, Jacques Lagacé, Agathe Lesage, Pierre-Louis Maillard,
Jamie Meil, Thomas Mueller, Wayne Trusty
Feature projects (preparation of 30x30 panels)
Ædifica, Atelier TAG, Duschenes & Fish/DFS architectes,
Julia Bourke Architecture, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associés architectes,
Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architectes, ékm architecture,
L’OEUF Pearl Poddubiuk et associé architectes,
ABCP Beauchamp Bourbeau Busby Perkins and Will, architectes
Material bases
Brian Coffey, LeeAnn Croft, Joanne Garton, Sze Wing Mary Grace, Yi-Ting Hui,
Chris Johnson, Jean-Roch Marion, Brendan O'Neill, Guido Petinelli, Ayesha Qaisar,
Robert Wall, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Decarel Inc, Fresh Fruit and Architecture,
Vitrerie Chatelle-Simard, Smith Vigeant Architects, Ginette Depuis.
With contributions from
Axone (copy editing), Clear Perceptions Studios (sound), Flash Graphics (printing),
MP Reproductions (printing), Acier Pacifique (steel beam),
Soudure Germain Lessard (steel beam delivery)
For more information, contact:
Richard Klopp
(514) 931-7501
[email protected]