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MONTREAL APRIL 10, 2009 ABOVE Technologies, Inc. is a proud partner of the 26th international conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) which will take place from June 21 to June 24 at the Architectural School from University Laval:

The PLEA2009 Conference addresses the quest for passive and low energy architecture through the occupant’s perspective. In the current context of important technological developments in the fields of alternative materials and energy, the aim of the conference is to position users’ behavior as a key ‘active’ determinant of energy performance in ‘passive’ design through adaptive opportunities. Building under extreme climates represents a particular challenge for designers and users since the underlying paradigm of energy conservation and exclusive operation mode dramatically reduces the extent of selective strategies otherwise available under more temperate climes. The conference particularly addresses the applicability of passive design strategies in extreme climates improving occupants’ satisfaction, encouraging environmental diversity whilst minimizing environmental impacts.

Come and experience 3 days of animated talks and debates about the Challenges, Strategies and Integration of the occupant’s perspective into truly low energy architecture and community planning.

Acclaimed keynote speakers and over 160 presentations selected by our Scientific Committee amongst more than 500 extended abstract submissions will present the most recent thoughts and researches in the rapidly evolving world of low energy architecture.

Day 1: Challenges
Doctor Raymond Cole will launch the Challenges debate about the Human and Automated Intelligence in Comfort Provisioning followed by three specialized parallel sessions on the Occupants, Communities and Education challenges.
Day 2 : Strategies
Professor G.Z Brown, co-author of the seminal book Sun, Wind and Light will set the agenda with Pleasure and Performance emphasizing the importance of the passive building-active occupant duo. Architect Peter Busby will then invite professionals to Move from Buildings to Communities for the Future of Sustainable Design. Parallel sessions will address the Daylighting, Passive Heating/Cooling and Post-Occupation Evaluation strategies.

Day 3 : Integration
Design team, architect Bruce Kuwabara, engineers Thomas Auer and Glen Klym and project manager Tom Gouldsborough will share with delegates The Integrated Design Process Leading to the New Manitoba Hydro Headquarter in Winnipeg, one of the most energy efficient new administrative building in extreme climate. Following parallel sessions will address the IDP process, Certification Tools and Innovative Materials and Systems.

Parallel activities include a Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) workshop on Sustainable Communities and the very first edition of PLEAkids featuring our future energy responsible ambassadors. Participants will also get a paper copy (650 pages) and CD-ROM of the PLEA2009 Conference Proceedings published by the Presses de l’Université Laval.

Register now and take advantage of the early bird registration fees until 1 May!


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Incorporated as of June 23, 2005, ABOVE Technologies, Inc. offers integrated consulting services in environmental and energy-efficient design, also called econergetic design, to commercial and industrial businesses on an international scale. These consulting services include:

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