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Firm | Best Sustainable Firm



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Committed to creating a better world for future generations through its design and creation of sustainable spaces, Lemay’s transdisciplinary team of architects, designers and creatives is guided by the principle that the firm has a responsibility to set examples through active involvement.

Their collaborative efforts have resulted in the creation of the firm’s Net Positive™ approach to sustainable value creation in both the design of new buildings and the renovation and rehabilitation of existing ones. Rigorous in its delivery yet accessible in its approach, Net Positive™ has proven itself through its ecological, social and economic benefits, inspiring further positive change in turn. To date, Lemay has worked on hundreds of projects targeting green building, LEED, Fitwel and Zero Carbon Building certifications to date, only amplifying with each passing year, from the biophilic high-rise Humaniti and the heritage preservation of the Grand Théâtre de Québec to the greenspace spiral of the Bellechasse Transport Centre and groundbreaking LEED certification of the SOPREMA manufacturing facility in Woodstock, Ontario.

Seeking out positive change in its projects as much as its own operations, all of Lemay’s offices have achieved carbon neutrality as the firm continues to deepen its energy transition and carbon emission reductions. This is best exemplified by Lemay’s Montreal office, the Phénix, which demonstrates how decaying infrastructure can be renovated into buildings that meet the highest standards of sustainability. It’s here that the firm’s Net Positive™ approach comes full circle, transforming a 1950s-era warehouse into offices through adaptive reuse, becoming a laboratory to test new concepts and approaches to design excellence and sustainability. Designed to set new standards through action, the Phénix boasts a rare three-star Fitwel rating, Zero Carbon Building and LEED-Platinum certifications, and a Living Building Challenge Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute.

Entry details
Studio Name Lemay
Lead designerLouis T. Lemay
Design teamPrincipals : André Cardinal, Pierre Larouche, Andrew King, Eric Pelletier, Jean-François Gagnon, Jean-François Arcand, Lucie St-Pierre, Martin St-Onge, Marc Bouchard, Annie Hotte, Amro El Chabti
Photography credits1 : Adrien Williams 2 : David Boyer 3: Lemay 4: Adrien Williams 5: David Boyer 6: Société du Parc Jean Drapeau 7: Lemay 8: Stephane Groleau
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