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The importance of forward thinking designs when it comes to mechanical engineering systems has never been more relevant. At Avalon Mechanical, energy savings efficiency is an essential consideration for all of our projects. It is our goal to always look for energy efficient solutions and designs wherever possible, within the parameters of each project.
Avalon Mechanical is capable of tackling energy specific projects from simple to complex. We are recognized by both the US Green Building Counsel and the BC Green Building Retrofit Program and have taken a lead role of Accredited Professional and Commissioning Authority. We are also an approved Service Provider for BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization Program for the recommissioning of DDC Systems, as well as being the only Canadian consultant on the team that developed the performance simulation software for the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.
Avalon Mechanical also has a long standing commitment to sustainable practice in everything we do; both professionally and in our everyday lives. The Victoria office of Avalon Mechanical is situated in a green building, which was built in 2007. It has an enhanced building envelope and building DDC system for superior building performance. The office does not use fossil-fuels, instead opting for higher efficiency by using heat pumps. By opening our Nanaimo branch, Avalon Mechanical has also been able to reduce it’s carbon footprint by assigning upper island projects to our team in Nanaimo, subsequently reducing travel required for site visits.
Avalon is also virtually paperless; opting for electronic systems, the use of iPads, and other alternatives to reduce our environmental impact. Most of our employees opt for alternative transportation via public transportation, bicycles, and electric vehicles, with less than 40% of staff driving combustion engine vehicles to and from work. We also recently welcomed a Nissan Leaf into the company fold; a fully electric vehicle used for company related travel to and from sites, further reducing our carbon footprint.
Avalon Mechanical has completed a range of energy specific projects in addition to Mechanical Engineering system designs that incorporate different levels of energy saving features. Projects include residential buildings, submarines, datacentres, government buildings, museums, and universities. This includes work on more than 50 LEED projects, including 2 that are LEED Platinum certified. Our firm provided a multi-disciplinary Power Smart Engineering Study of conventional and renewable energy options for the BC Legislature in 2007, as well as conducted Power Smart Energy Studies of all buildings connected to the Legislative District Energy Plant. Energy Modelling projects have been completed up to Step 4 of the BC Energy Step Code, with the goal of achieving specific energy and green house gas savings initiatives. We are also the LEED Cx Authority for all 3 phases of Capital Park.
This iconic building located in downtown Victoria is British Columbia’s provincial museum and archives. Displaying artifacts and documents that show B.C.’s natural and human history. This building is also a shining example of the partnership between Energy Services and Mechanical Engineering Design. Avalon Mechanical has completed work at the RBCM since the 1980’s. This includes Power Smart Energy Studies, Energy Modelling, HVAC/boiler upgrades, mechanical review of the IMAX theatre, and Power Smart Continuous Optimization Controls upgrades/coaching. The project also conceived of the ASHRAE AA relative humidity and temperature strategies to protect the priceless artifacts being housed in the museum’s galleries.
University of Victoria’s centre for athletics, recreation, and special abilities is a facility providing training, recreation, research, and learning resources to the community. The building was designed to meet LEED Gold standards and includes numerous sustainability features such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, natural ventilation, high efficiency potable water systems, and extensive use of natural light. The facility is home to CanAssist and the Vikes. It consists of more than 190,000 square feet of floor space, a 2,100 seat gymnasium, extensive fitness and sports areas and a 16-metre climbing wall. Avalon Mechanical provided full commissioning authority services for the original construction in 2014, and designed the complete fire suppression system. Avalon was subsequently engaged to provide an energy study in 2018, and re-commissioned the CARSA systems for significant energy savings and improved control in 2020.
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
300-1245 Esquimalt Road
Victoria, BC V9A 3P2
P. (250) 384-4128
103-5220 Dublin Way
Nanaimo, BC V9T 0H2
P. (250) 585-2180
703-1112 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2S1
P. (250) 384-4128
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While cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions are considered in all our projects, we also offer energy-specific services depending on each project’s needs, including energy studies, commissioning services, and control optimization.
At Avalon, our primary focus is designing systems that meet the most stringent application of applicable codes while working closely with architects and owners to ensure that the aesthetic needs of the project are met.
We have had great success in meeting these goals for all building types, including post and beam, insulated concrete, wood and steel frame, and open construction.
Plumbing systems are often an overlooked and unglamourous portion of many of the projects we have worked on. However, these are essential systems that include all of the sanitary and storm sewer services, domestic water, natural gas, compressed air and almost any other system that requires pipework.
We pride ourselves in taking the time to design systems that will be effective, require little maintenance, and achieve sustainable design goals when possible.
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems are based on thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Our goal is to create comfortable climates with optimal air quality and increased energy efficiency. Our HVAC designs range from low to high-rise residential and mixed-use buildings, commercial and office spaces, hotels, restaurants, and more.