Ensuring quality and comfort at new Montreal condo thanks to AquaRise® and System XFR®
Centrally located in downtown Montreal, close to the Canadian city’s financial district, the TOM Condos are a 40-storey development with 316 units. Ranging in size from 45 m2 to 250 m2, suites are available with one, two or three bedrooms. With an indoor pool, gym, fitness studio and sauna, along with 24-hour security and concierge, the TOM Condos offer a high level of luxury to residents.
With a focus on top-quality materials for the building’s infrastructure and finishes, its construction features a reinforced concrete structure throughout, with concrete slab floors, independent double demising walls between each unit, and double-glazed energy efficient aluminum windows and screens on all opening windows.
For the mechanical project team – Charles Gauthier, Project Manager with Lavallée Dufour Inc., the mechanical contractor, and Bouthillette Parizeau Inc., consulting engineer – choosing solutions that would align with the quality requirements of the building and ensure comfort and efficiency were a priority.
For the building’s hot and cold water distribution system, AquaRise® (CPVC), manufactured by IPEX (an Aliaxis company), was selected. The water was piped in an express riser to the roof and then distributed downward throughout the building using AquaRise ranging in sizes from ½” through 4”. Based on over 15 years’ experience designing and manufacturing industry-leading CPVC systems, the AquaRise hot and cold potable water distribution system offers numerous benefits over metal, and is fully approved for non-combustible applications in High Buildings in Canada.
For the drain, waste and vent (DWV) system, IPEX’s System XFR® (PVC) was selected. System XFR was used for the vent stack piping and for all of the lateral piping coming from each individual condo unit. System XFR is the world’s first PVC DWV system rated for High Buildings and return air plenums; where the National Building Code of Canada mandates more stringent Flame Spread and Smoke Development requirements which previously limited the use of thermoplastic.
As Charles Gauthier explains, his company’s relationship with IPEX was a strong factor in making the decision. “Lavallée Dufour has had a long relationship based on understanding and trust with IPEX for over 20 years,” he says. “IPEX is part of the business as a partner. In the past, with other suppliers, we have experienced problems with support from the manufacturer. That is not the case with IPEX. We received superior service from the local representative, with on-site training and frequent visits. Most of the local distributors have IPEX products on their shelves, making it much easier to manage.”
This quick access to materials offers many benefits, says Charles Gauthier, and on-time delivery keeps the installation schedule on track. “We trust IPEX. There were never back orders for any of the IPEX products. They delivered the project on time,” says Charles Gauthier. “IPEX is a really good supporter and always ready to help, without any hesitation.”
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System XFR® is a registered trademark.