Proment Corporation

Proment Corporation

September 09, 2008 17:00 ET

Official Opening of Quebec's First Green Residential Tower Is on Nuns' Island

Le Vistal up for gold level LEED Certification

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2008) -

TO THE ATTENTION OF BUSINESS, HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENT JOURNALISTS

Proment Corporation, a Quebec leader in residential construction, has officially opened Phase I of Le Vistal residential complex (www.vistalcondos.com), a 25-storey, 160-unit condominium tower designed according to LEED Certification criteria. Le Vistal is situated in the Pointe-Sud sector of Nuns' Island overlooking the Saint Lawrence River.

Many condo owners joined partners and members of the construction team to celebrate the opening of Le Vistal, the only residential tower complex in Quebec, out of a total 61(1) in Canada, in line for LEED Certification. In Canada to date, only three residential towers over 10 storeys have received LEED Certification: two in Toronto and one in Vancouver.

(1) 61 projects are registered in the "High-rise multi-unit residential" category to obtain the LEED Canada NC-1.0 certification

To mark this achievement, Proment Corporation invited interior designers Francine Martineau, Louise St-Laurent, Annie Lacaille, Sonia Vaillancourt and Jacinthe Leroux to develop model condos. Leroux looked to sustainable development for inspiration in her design of an ultra eco-efficient condo by favoring local, natural materials, environmentally friendly furniture and low-toxic emission materials.

Construction completed within deadline despite demanding criteria
For over 40 years, Proment Corporation has distinguished itself with residential projects built according to the highest standards and designed for superior energy efficiency. So it was only natural for the company to eventually undertake the construction of a "certified green" residential building.

"We're proud to pioneer green construction in Quebec," said Proment Corporation president Samuel Gewurz. "And we're confident that Le Vistal will win gold level LEED Certification."

Construction for the tower began a full six months ahead of schedule because of the tremendous demand for its 160 green condos. The entire Le Vistal complex was completed in just 20 months, despite a very demanding construction process and strict quality controls. Buildings must meet five criteria in order to obtain LEED Certification: sustainable site management, efficient water consumption and water protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy, conservation of materials and resources, as well as a healthy residential environment.

Among other initiatives, Le Vistal has been equipped with a geothermal energy system to meet the heating and air-conditioning requirements of condo units and common areas. In winter, a passive solar heating system will preheat cold outside air. The tower's window glass was also selected to optimize solar heat retention in winter and to reduce air-conditioning needs in summer.

"Since beginning the project in September 2006 and through to completion, we have seen an ongoing evolution in the construction industry," said Proment vice-president of development and construction Louis-Joseph Papineau. "There are more and more green materials at our disposal, especially in finishing."

Thanks to these efforts, Vistal's residents can look forward to an anticipated 35% reduction in energy consumption, which should also translate into a saving of $125,000 a year for the building as a whole, when compared to similar projects available on the market(2).

(2) Built according to the norms of the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Houses

Now that the first phase has been completed, the Canada Green Building Council will validate all criteria before awarding one of the four levels of LEED Certification (certified, silver, gold or platinum) to Le Vistal.

Vistal's green units attract buyers

Le Vistal condominiums sold very quickly right from the launch of the first phase, as half of the 160 units were sold in the first few weeks alone. In addition to a pool and sports centre, residents were also offered a special rest and relaxation area in the adjacent spa.

"Month after month, we sensed a growing enthusiasm among owner's for the building's eco-friendly design," said Samuel Gewurz. "We've also noticed that Baby Boomers are leaving their homes earlier than ever before. They want to take advantage of their retirement as quickly as possible and living in a condo simply makes life easier for them."

While all Vistal I condos have been sold, 25% of the units in Vistal II are still available. Construction of the second tower is well under way with its doors scheduled to open in summer 2009.

About Proment Corporation

Founded in 1965, Proment Corporation (www.proment.com) is a real-estate development company well known for its innovative residential projects, including Les Sommets, Verre sur Vert, Les Jardins des Vosges, Le Domaine de la Pointe, Les Verrieres sur le fleuve, Le Cours du fleuve, Val de l'Anse, Le Club Marin and Le Domaine de la Foret, all located on Nuns' Island. The innovative design and quality construction of Proment projects have been frequently recognized by the Association provinciale des constructeurs d'habitations du Quebec (APCHQ), the Ordre des architectes du Quebec and Sauvons Montreal with numerous awards of distinction including four "Builder of the Year" awards over the past 20 years.

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    Veronique Gabrysz
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    vg@ahcom.ca