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EnerQuality fêtes Ontario’s green home builders

Friday, February 26, 2016

During a gala event in Toronto this week, the 2015 EnerQuality Awards were handed out to Ontario home builders who are leaders, influencers and innovators in the residential green building and construction industry.

Mattamy Homes, one of the first builders to participate in the ENERGY STAR program, earned the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder of the Year – Large Volume award.

Oshawa-based Midhaven Homes received the ENERGY STAR for New Homes – Mid Volume award, while Jeffery Homes received the ENERGY STAR for New Homes – Small/Custom award.

“Ontario’s home building industry has a commendable track record of creativity and innovation,” said Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality, “ENERGY STAR for New Homes is a success story that all Ontarians should be proud of, proving that voluntary, builder-led initiatives work.”

During the course of the evening, an inaugural Building Innovation – Mid and High Rise award for technical excellence in energy efficient and green building practices was presented to Tridel, the largest builder of condominiums in the Toronto area.

Meanwhile, the Minto Group was named Ontario Green Builder of the Year for a second year in a row. This award is presented to a builder that sets the standard for the rest of the industry through its leadership in improving the environmental, energy efficiency, and overall image of the industry.

Also receiving high accolades was Reid’s Heritage Homes who took home the inaugural Net Zero Builder of the Year award. The home builder was also fêted with the Building Innovation – Low Rise award, and the Best Green Marketing Campaign of the Year, for its efforts to educate home buyers.

One of the evening’s top honours went to Andy Goyda, Canadian builder lead and market development manager for Owens Corning Canada, who was inducted into the EnerQuality Hall of Fame for his career in the residential industry spanning 40 years. Goyda, a long-time supporter of green building and energy efficiency, helped pioneer ENERGY STAR for New Homes and Net Zero. Today, 32 per cent of all new homes built in Ontario are ENERGY STAR qualified, the highest in the country.

In addition, Sonja Winkelmann, director of net zero energy housing for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, was recognized as EQ Leader of the Year.

Winners include:

  • The Minto Group – Ontario Green Builder of the Year
  • Tridel – Building Innovation  (Mid and High Rise)
  • Reid’s Heritage Homes –  Building Innovation (Low Rise)
  • Mattamy Homes – ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder of the Year (Large Volume)
  • Midhaven Homes – ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder of the Year (Mid Volume)
  • Jeffery Homes – ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder of the Year (Small/Custom)
  • Reid’s Heritage Homes – Net Zero Builder of the Year
  • Reid’s Heritage Homes – Best Green Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • 4syte Design Build – Best Green Renovation Project of the Year
  • John Corvinelli – ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Champion of the Year
  • Stephen Magneron – Evaluator of the Year
  • RND Construction – R-2000 Builder of the Year
  • Andy Goyda – Hall of Fame
  • Sonja Winkelmann – EQ Leader of the Year
  • Union Gas, Owens Corning Canada, Enbridge Gas Distribution – EQ Industry Partners of the Year
  • Fernbrook Homes – Enbridge Savings by Design Award

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