Lightweight construction in the heart of Canada

The new terminal building at Chibougamau-Chapais airport in Quebec (Canada) boasts COOL-LITE® XTREME solar control glass and a light structure made from local timber. We take a closer look at this prime example of sustainable construction.

Une construction légère au cœur du Canada
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Transparency, lightness and functionality. These are the watchwords of the new terminal building at Chibougamau-Chapais airport in Quebec (Canada) to which the teams at Saint-Gobain Glass have contributed. The terminal’s facades feature COOL-LITE® XTREME solar control glass.

This solution reduces the building’s carbon footprint by 40% by relying on the production of glazing with a high cullet content (approximately 70%) and renewable energies, ultimately reducing the terminal’s energy consumption with thermal insulation that avoids the need for too much heating or air conditioning to maintain a comfortable temperature inside.

And it’s not just about the facades. The terminal’s structure is a benchmark for lightweight construction. It uses locally produced timber, particularly high-performance products such as glue-laminate, structural cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and timber curtain walls that ensure excellent energy performance. The concourse even consists of a roof atop a south-facing clerestory, which lets in light and serves as a central hub.

Awarded Gold at the Grands Prix du Design awards, the Chibougamau-Chapais terminal building is proof that aesthetics and durability are not mutually exclusive.