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Best in energy-efficient builders to be celebrated at EQ Awards

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Best in energy-efficient builders to be celebrated at EQ Awards

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EnerQuality, celebrating 20 years as the leader in energy-efficient certifications, is preparing to confer its annual EQ Awards in Toronto on Feb. 28.

“We are excited to be launching a refreshed version of our classic awards, bringing more networking, recognition and excitement for our builders who have worked hard to build a better future for our communities,” says Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality.

In 2018, EnerQuality labelled its 100,000th energy-efficient home, released the new Energy Star Multifamily Highrise (New Construction) Pilot Program and continued its mission of helping builders and consumers save money while lowering their carbon footprint.

“To continue to spread the word and recognize the achievements of the industry, EnerQuality will proudly be launching the EQ Awards Magazine,” says Shannon Bertuzzi, vice-president, market development, at EnerQuality. “Many aren’t aware of the voluntary investment our builders make towards building healthier communities. We hope this commemorative magazine will continue to shine a light on their contributions throughout the year.”

For this year, EnerQuality also introduced a People’s Choice Award, created to involve the public in acknowledging those who are pushing boundaries in energy efficiency.”

Award categories and finalists include:

Building Innovation Lowrise

●  Minto Group
●  RND Construction Ltd.
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  Sean.ca
●  Urbandale Construction

 

Building Innovation Mid/Highrise

●  Minto Group
●  Molinaro Group
●  Times Group

 

Energy Advisor

●  Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.
●  Rob Johnston, Building Knowledge Canada
●  Sacha Klein, A&J Energy Consultants
●  Michael White, Pradeep Samaroo, RGL Consultants

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Large Volume

●  Great Gulf
●  Mattamy Homes
●  Minto Group

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Mid Volume

●  Acorn Developments
●  Activa
●  Arista Homes
●  Doug Tarry Homes
●  Sifton Properties
●  Urbandale Construction

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Small/Custom

●  Corvinelli Homes
●  Howick Homes
●  Jeffrey Homes
●  Marz Homes
●  SanDiego Homes
●  Lucchetta Homes

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Champion

●  JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Homes
●  Optimum Home Team, Union Gas
●  Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Homes
●  Ted McIntyre, OHB Magazine
●  Tyler Heimpel, Carey Homes

 

Green Marketing Campaign – Print

●  Activa
●  Mason Homes
●  Sifton Properties

 

Green Marketing Campaign – Other

● Acorn Developments
● Arista Homes
● Great Gulf

 

Hall Of Fame Recipient

● Sean Mason, sean.ca

Sean Mason EQ Award
Sean Mason, recipient of the Hal of Fame Award

 

Impact Award Recipient

● Tamarack Developments

 

Net Zero Builder

●  Gatto Homes
●  Gemini Homes
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties
●  Steve Snider Construction

 

Ontario Green Builder

●  Acorn Developments
●  Minto Group
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties

 

People’s Choice

●  Acorn Developments
●  Minto Group
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties

 

Product Innovation

●  Aerobarrier
●  Graphenstone
●  Genius Smart Panel
●  H+ME Technology
●  Velux Active with NETATMO

 

Builder Achievement

●  Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Developments
●  Jean-Francois Meloche, Guildcrest Building Corp.
●  Roy Nandram, RND Construction Ltd.
●  Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Custom Homes
●  Peter Voong, Castleform Developments
●  Jennifer Weatherston, Reid’s Heritage Homes

For more information on the EQ Awards and to purchase tickets, visit eqawards.ca

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Arista Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Arista Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Arista Homes

Downtown Bolton Heights boasts amazing views, an amazing location and amazing value

The Arista “A” Team does it again with the upcoming release of the spectacular executive townhomes of Downtown Bolton Heights.

Surrounded by conservation lands and wooded areas nearby, this charming community in downtown Bolton might just be one of the GTA’s best places to call home. With its picture-perfect location in east Caledon, downtown Bolton offers a complete modern lifestyle. It is here, on a picturesque hillside, that Arista Homes is pleased to introduce an all new community of elite executive townhomes nestled within a picturesque hillside —Downtown Bolton Heights.

Downtown Bolton Heights is an intimate enclave of only 60 three- and four-bedroom bedroom executive townhomes sized from 1,790 to 2,450 square feet, designed to provide Bolton’s most remarkable townhome lifestyle. It all starts with the beautiful hillside location and the spectacular views, but that is just the beginning.

These contemporary residences boast open-concept main floor plans that meticulously optimize both space and style. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens and lavish living areas have been thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of today’s modern families.

Upstairs, master suites have been inspired to perfection and provide the ultimate in luxurious sanctuaries. Not to be outdone, there are even designs available that offer potential in-law suites to meet all your family’s needs.

Residents here will also enjoy convenient access to the many wonderful amenities of downtown Bolton. Over 40 shops and restaurants can be found within a five-minute walk. Big box store convenience is right around the corner with Walmart, Home Depot and more close at hand. There’s also a great selection of local restaurants.

Bolton Heights is even about to become an easier place to connect with the rest of the GTA thanks to the all new Highway 427 extension. This new extension will span 6.6 kilometres from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive and will no doubt make commuting just that little bit easier. Bolton is also home to well-regarded public and separate primary and secondary schools, all nearby.

Nature lovers will be amazed at the beauty of Nashville Conservation Area and Albion-Bolton District Park, and golfers will love the wonderful range of challenging courses within easy driving distance.

Bolton Heights is the latest community from Arista Homes. The Arista “A” Team has successfully created dozens of outstanding master-planned communities over the past 23 years and has fulfilled the homeownership dreams of more than 10,000 families. Come buy a home from an award-winning builder today.

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Downtown Bolton Heights

A preview purchasing event is coming soon. Register today and learn more about this exciting new community.


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EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

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EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

Leading companies in sustainable housing recognized for their contributions and advancements in Ontario’s Green Building category

Ontario’s best Green Builders were celebrated at the EnerQuality Awards Gala (EQ Awards) at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan. Hosted by Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish, more than 200 industry peers gathered to share concepts and accolades as together they help to move towards a more energy conscious future.

“Advancing energy-efficient techniques and tools are huge priorities in the building sector to continue to improve healthy living conditions, fight climate change and minimize unnecessary spending,” said Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality. “The EnerQuality Housing Innovation Forum and Awards help to connect builders with the innovations they need to meet their design goals as well as spotlight the change-makers who are effecting policies and driving standards towards a shared goal of Net Zero housing.”

Among the biggest attractions of the Innovation Forum, which took place during the day, was the keynote from MaRS, Tom Rand, who offered tangible solutions to combat climate change, including his stance on pricing carbon and how sharing a new story of clean energy abundance has the power to engage the public and inspire action.

The highly competitive Innovation Gauntlet rounded out the day before the official award ceremony began, with IBC Technologies Inc. being named the winner for their Newest Innovation – IBC DC Series Dual Condensing Appliance. “The IBC Better Boiler product is a forward thinking, adaptable technology with integration to smart homes. This is a truly unique product and was a clear leader in this year’s submissions,” said Shaun Joffe, executive director of sustainability and building sciences at Great Gulf and judge of the Innovation Gauntlet participants.

The EQ Awards were enjoyed by all and featured special designations to highlight the outstanding contributions of industry leaders.

Larry Brydon, VP business development with Cricket Energy, was the 2017 Hall of Fame nominee. Brydon has been in the HVAC distribution and energy services market for more than 25 years. A past chair of Sustainable Buildings Canada and the Toronto chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, he currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Efficiency Alliance, the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) and EnerQuality. Among his many achievements, Brydon led the Enbridge and Union Gas’s Savings by Design program. This initiative has participated in over 200 lowrise, and 50 highrise developer-design charrettes where they shared energy-efficient design alternatives resulting in 15 to 25 per cent energy improvement over the Ontario Building Code.

Doug Tarry of Doug Tarry Custom Homes was named Leader of the Year. It was a banner year Doug Tarry Custom Homes. Fresh off winning the inaugural Net Zero Builder Award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, his Project Hope, a fundraising event that was the first time a Net Zero home was built in just three days, raised funds for the family of the late Johnny Nooren, a building inspector from St. Thomas. The project won the 2017 Prestige Award from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association for Project of the Year Lowrise, and the trailer for the accompanying documentary was seen by more than 10,000 in movie theatres in Ontario.

Doug Tarry led his team of builders to receive the 2016 EQ Builder Achievement Award and now holds the 2017 title of Leader of the Year for propelling the company’s holistic Net Zero housing concepts with simple controls designed to allow homeowners to save money while living in a healthy environment.

Arista Homes was awarded the Impact Award, which was introduced in 2016 to recognize a builder’s significant voluntary progress in reducing carbon emission and outstanding achievements through energy efficient and sustainability practices. “Green initiatives and Energy Star participation have become staples of our building practices and we remain committed to continuing to improve our building practices and to lead by example,” said Franco Crispino, VP of sales and marketing. Arista Homes has proudly enrolled more than 1,200 Energy Star homes since the construction of its first multi-phase Energy Star community in 2009.

Other Award Winners

Partner Award: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas, Owens Corning

Enbridge Savings By Design: Remington Homes

Building Innovation Lowrise: Great Gulf Homes

Building Innovation Mid/Highrise: Times Group

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (small volume): sean.ca (Sean Mason Homes)

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (mid volume): Remington Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (large volume): The Minto Group

Energy Star Champion of the Year: Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Best Green Marketing Campaign: Doug Tarry Custom Homes

R-2000 Home Builder of the Year: RND Construction

Net Zero Home Builder of the Year: Reid’s Heritage Homes

Evaluator of the Year: Angela Bustamante, Building Knowledge

Builder Achievement Award: Shaun Joffe, Great Gulf Homes

Ontario Green Builder of the Year: Sifton Properties Ltd.

EnerQuality is Canada’s No. 1 certifier of energy efficient homes and the market leader in delivering award-winning residential green building programs. Founded in 1998 by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), EnerQuality’s mission is to accelerate housing innovation to improve building performance.


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Whitby Meadows

Editor’s Choice: Whitby Meadows

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Editor’s Choice: Whitby Meadows

Offering the largest new home selection of its kind in Whitby

This October 2017, six of the GTA’s most respected homebuilders will be holding the much-anticipated Grand Opening of Whitby Meadows, the GTA’s most sought-after master-planned community.

In one of the greatest Canadian powerhouse collaborations, Paradise Developments, Arista Homes, Fieldgate Homes, Great Gulf, OPUS Homes and DECO Homes will be offering the largest choice of new homes ever introduced in Whitby. Whitby Meadows offers an extraordinary selection of single detached homes, semis and freehold townhomes on lots up to 42-feet wide. Freehold townhomes will be priced from the $600,000s.

Offering unprecedented selection, service and convenience, Whitby Meadows brings together the expertise and resources of the most talented architects and professionals in the province.

Built around an inviting 10-plus-acre park, the family-focused master-planned community will feature both traditional and contemporary architectural details, absorbing the region’s small-town flavour and historic character.

Layouts at Whitby Meadows offer the maximum in style and comfort. The exquisite interiors will vary by builder. Some will include nine-foot ceilings heights, pre-finished natural oak solid flooring and natural gas fireplaces. The designer-inspired kitchens will include custom-quality upper and lower cabinetry, granite countertops with under-mounted sinks, imported ceramic tile and spacious breakfast areas. Master ensuites offer matchless luxury and space and tiled bathtub surrounds.

Located at Rossland Road West and Coronation Road, Whitby Meadows is central to all of Whitby’s major social and recreational amenities, including an abundance of excellent schools, parklands and open green spaces. The Whitby area offers over 68 kilometres of recreational trails, 127 playgrounds and more than 950 acres of lush, permanently protected parks. Families will also get to choose from some of the best educational facilities in the GTA with over 20 public schools and 10 separate schools in the immediate area.

The range of sports and entertainment facilities for the whole family is virtually endless. Chief among them is the Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Canada’s largest municipally owned and operated recreation facility. Furthermore, Whitby Meadows is just moments away from a variety of retail establishments. Rich in character, historic downtown Whitby offers first-class shopping with a unique collection of stores and restaurants.

Easy access to local transit, the Town of Whitby is well-serviced by a comprehensive network of local public transportation. Residents at Whitby Meadows are also in close proximity to the new Highway 412, Highway 401 and the Highway 407. The GO Transit station is also just minutes away, offering convenient access to both trains and buses.

The Whitby Meadows’ Sales Centre will be located on the northwest corner of Taunton Road East and Coronation Road in Whitby. The complex will feature a sales office for each builder to showcase their offering.

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Home Builder: Innovative Designs For Small Spaces

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Home Builder: Innovative Designs For Small Spaces

Our industry is constantly innovating and working to offer homebuyers design choices they want and at prices they can afford. To acknowledge the importance of these efforts, BILD last year introduced two special innovative-design awards as part of our annual BILD Awards program.

The Best Innovative Home Design and Best Innovative Suite Design categories distinguish excellence and innovation in suite design and in the design of single-family homes that increase home choices for entry-level consumers. The suite award is open to suites smaller than 750 square feet in midrise and highrise developments, while the home award is for design of detached or semi-detached houses or townhomes that are part of a new development.

Since affordability often comes in smaller spaces, key judging criteria for both categories includes functionality and use of space.

Last year’s winners were the amazing 274-square-foot Smart Studios micro condo unit that is part of a project that Building Capital is developing in Oshawa, and Mason Homes’ ingenious Oakwood plan, part of its Courtyard Collection in Peterborough, which was crafted so that it could be built as either a townhome or semi-detached or detached house.

This year there we again had many creative designs submitted for both categories, and our judges did not have an easy job selecting winners.

The award for Best Innovative Suite Design went to Laurier Homes for its Kingswood unit at Upper Beach Club, a 41-unit six-story midrise building that the company is developing on Kingston Rd. just east of Victoria Park Ave.

Designed by OneSpace Unlimited, the Kingswood is a 705-square-foot, one-bedroom unit that makes the most of every bit of available space. The layout for the corner unit on a compact floor plate is open and airy, with the bedroom off to one side. It has an open kitchenette that has the major appliances neatly dovetailed into a niche created by the structural walls.

One of the unique features of the design is the bank of windows that runs the entire length of the unit and looks out on to the unit’s 480-square-foot private terrace. There are two entrances to the terrace, one from the open concept living/dining room and one from the bedroom.

This year’s winner of the Best Innovative Home Design was Arista Homes’ the Briarwood unit at Boxgrove Village in Markham, a unique offering that features a commercial flex space and two separate living spaces all within one townhouse.

Designed by Hunt Design Associates, the 4,000-square-foot design allows homeowners to have the ability to work where they live. The Briarwood’s commercial space could be used for anything from a hair salon, a dental practice or an office for a lawyer or accountant. Meanwhile, the townhome’s second suite can be used for other family members or caregivers, or it could be utilized as a rental unit. Both openconcept living spaces have two bedrooms and two terraces and the homes come with four parking places.

These are just a few examples of how the building and development industry continues to innovate and help provide affordable options for today’s homebuyers.

Bryan Tuckey is president and CEO of BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association), and can be found on Twitter (Twitter.com/BILDGTA), Facebook (Facebook.com/BILDGTA), YouTube (YouTube.com/BILDGTA) and BILD’s official online blog (BILDBlogs.ca).

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