Cactus Club English Bay

Building Automation System



  • DDC System
  • HVAC Controls
    Houle provides design and system integration to help you regulate the operation of your heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system.
  • LEED Monitoring

Scope of Work

Completed: 2012

Owner: Cactus Club Cafe

Founded in 1988, Cactus Club is a Canadian causal fine dining restaurant chain with numerous locations throughout Canada. One location is English Bay in the Downtown Vancouver area. Situated in an iconic location on the beach of the English Bay, this LEED Gold status restaurant boasts an award-winning sustainable architecture.

Houle designed, programmed, installed, and commissioned the Building Automation System (BAS) for the 2-storey Cactus Club restaurant. Houle completed BAS Controls for HVAC, radiant floor heating, and domestic hot water. Integration, a major part of this project, was achieved using a BACnet interface for the Mitsubishi’s Variable Refrigerant Flow system, Halton’s kitchen hood MARVEL system and heat recovery ventilation system, BTU meters, and electrical meters. Houle successfully gathered all data and presented it in an advanced 3D graphical format using Reliable Controls Direct Digital Control system.

Another part of this project was LEED monitoring. This consisted of:

  • outdoor air temperature, humidity, dew point, and CO2 monitoring
  • indoor air temperature, humidity, dew point and CO2 monitoring
  • rain water harvesting
  • gas usage monitoring for the main building, kitchen, heat recovery ventilation boiler, domestic hot water tank and patio
  • water usage monitoring for main building, kitchen, and irrigation
  • energy usage

Through LEED monitoring, the building manager is notified via email about any alarm present in the system.

The crew had to work in confined spaces to complete the project. With a tight schedule, Houle had to work diligently and schedule efficiently to complete the project on time.

Houle integrated all third party devices (MARVEL, BTU energy meters, and electrical meters) and analyzed all the information. Houle also created a water/gas usage dashboard for the client. The project was completed on time and on budget.