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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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Ontario’s most Green home builders and suppliers were honoured Feb. 28 at the 2018 EQ Awards. More than 250 guests, including Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, celebrated 20 years of EnerQuality along with the accomplishments of its leaders with the official announcement of the award winners.

“It speaks volumes to see how the longevity of EnerQuality and our certifications like Energy Star have continued to remain relevant and grow in impact over the years,” say Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality. “The 2018 EQ Awards allowed the industry to celebrate where we have come from and spotlight the pioneers who are joining forces to carve a new path for the future with programs such as our Energy Star Multifamily Highrise certification.”

“The People’s Choice Award was an amazing new addition to the Awards, allowing us to involve the greater community in both recognizing and selecting the winner,” adds Shannon Bertuzzi, vice-president of market development at EnerQuality. “Our certifications are voluntary investments by our builders. EnerQuality is committed to ensuring the greater public is aware of the investment these builders are making for the sustainability of these communities.”

2018 Hall of Fame: Sean Mason, President, Sean Mason Homes

Sean Mason has been a dedicated proponent of Energy Star for New Homes since the very first days. From 2002 to 2013, he encouraged Green building and land initiatives at Mason Homes, when it was among the first three builders in Canada to participate in and certify with the then-new Energy Star program, and the first in Canada to make Energy Star its standard. Since Sean.castarted in 2013, the company has won numerous awards, including BILD’s Green Builder of the Year in 2015, and EnerQuality’s started Builder (Small Volume) in 2018. He has also been a finalist in BILD’s Places to Grow Project of the Year and People’s Choice Project of the Year, and BILD’s Best Lowrise Project (Built Category). At Sean.ca, started is a standard offering, certifying 100 per cent of its homes. Mason’s stamp has been on more than 1,000 started homes in the last decade.

“Sean.ca is about building modern, healthier and more affordable Green homes in a sustainable community, allowing residents to connect with their neighbours in a meaningful way,” Mason says. “The platform EnerQuality has provided with started has allowed us to prove our commitment to our homeowners through a trusted third-party certifications.”

Impact Award 2018: Tamarack Homes

Tamarack Homes received the EnerQuality 2019 Impact Award for making significant long-term voluntary progress in reducing carbon emissions and showing outstanding achievements through energy efficiency and sustainable practices. From its beginnings more than 70 years ago, Tamarack Homes has strived for the highest quality in construction and customer service by pursuing materials and technology that would become industry standards. Thirteen years ago, with the launch of a brand-new Ottawa community called Jackson Trails, Tamarack certified its first Energy Star home. Impressed with the results, Tamarack Homes committed the entire community to the new standard, a first for the entire region. Today, every home Tamarack builds carries the started certification.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication to sustainability in the home-building industry,” says Chris Taggert, vice-president of Tamarack Homes. “The EnerQuality Impact Award symbolizes the commitment we make every day to prioritizing families, communities, and the environment.”


Builder Achievement
Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Building Innovation, Lowrise
RND Construction

Building Innovation, Mid/Highrise
Times Group

Energy Advisor
Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Small Volume)
Lucchetta Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Mid Volume)
Doug Tarry Custom Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Large Volume)
Minto Communities

Energy Star Champion
JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Group

Green Marketing Campaign (Print)
Sifton Properties

Green Marketing Campaign (Other)
Great Gulf

Leader of the Year
Roya Khaleeli, Minto Communities

Net Zero Builder
Reid’s Heritage Homes

Ontario Green Builder
Sifton Properties

Product Innovation

Industry Partner Award
Enbridge Gas Distribution Owens Corning
Union Gas

People’s Choice Award
Acorn Developments


Enbridge Affordable Housing Award
Toronto Community Housing

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Residential)
Briarwood Development Group

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Commercial)
Times Group

Union Gas Optimum Home Award
Hilden Homes


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OHBA 2018 Awards of Distinction

OHBA Awards of Distinction finalists named

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OHBA Awards of Distinction finalists named

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Awards of Distinction finalists. Judged by a panel of industry professionals from across Canada, the entries were submitted into 41 categories showcasing excellence in building, design, professional renovation, and sales and marketing. The complete list of finalists is available online at ohbaaod.ca/winners-finalists/.

The Awards of Distinction winners will be announced September 25, 2018 at the OHBA Conference in Ottawa.

Notably, OHBA will also announce the winner of the prestigious 2018 Ontario Home Builder of the Year award to a company that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and integrity within their business, industry and community.

This year, finalists are Tridel, Minto Communities and Great Gulf.

Finalists for the coveted Ontario Renovator of the Year award are Amsted Design-Build, OakWood and Lagois Design Build Renovate.

Until August 24, the public also has a chance to vote online for their favourite project and help decide who wins the 2018 People’s Choice Award (vote here https://www.ohbaaod.ca/). People’s Choice Award contenders are the top finalists in Project of the Year Lowrise and Project of the Year High or Midrise awards categories:

Geranium for Friday Harbour, HIP Developments for The Gaslight District, Minto Communities for Glen Agar, Mizrahi Developments for The One, North Drive Investments for One Forest Hill and Paradise Developments for High Point.

“This year, we’ve seen the rise of #homebelievers in Ontario – that is, government, builders, renovator, and local champions rallying around the great Canadian dream of home ownership,” said OHBA president Pierre Dufresne. “The OHBA Awards of Distinction has always celebrated that dream by recognizing excellence in homebuilding, professional renovation and sales and marketing; all of these efforts lead to more housing supply and choice in communities across Ontario.”

As #homebeliever champions, the OHBA believes in the great Canadian dream of home ownership by supporting more housing choice and supply across Ontario. OHBA is the voice of the residential construction industry in Ontario, representing 4,000 member companies organized into 29 local associations across the province.


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Editor's Choice: Minto

Editor’s Choice: Minto

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Editor’s Choice: Minto

This is life … on the Glen

Toronto is known as a city of neighbourhoods, each with its own unique charm, flavour and history. Among the most idyllic is Glen Agar, a hidden gem tucked away in a scenic natural location in Etobicoke. Steeped in history and surrounded by ravines and parks, this is the setting for Minto’s exclusive new community, Glen Agar, a spectacular enclave development featuring just 53 stunningly designed 30-foot single-family homes.

Located near the intersection of Kipling Avenue and Rathburn Road in an established, mature neighbourhood, these contemporary homes are embellished with luxurious, meticulously detailed features. A charming blend of traditional and modern, the homes are influenced by Tudor and Georgian styles with varied rooflines to create a dramatic streetscape. A second elevation option offers modern architecture for a fresh, clean facade. Brick and natural-looking stone, metal panels and wide expanses of glass add to the contemporary look.

Inside, the three-storey single-detached homes are distinguished by flowing, open-concept layouts, high ceilings, large gourmet kitchens with island counters, walk-in pantries, great rooms designed for living and entertaining, cozy family rooms, luxurious bedrooms and spa-inspired ensuites. Ranging from 3,500 to 4,200 square feet, these three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are designed for comfortable family living. Prices start at $1.4 million.

The community of Glen Agar has a rich and diverse history going back almost 150 years. The original Bigham Agar Farm can still be seen, high up on a hill on the north side of Rathburn Road, east of Martin Grove Road. The cottage was once the home of Irish pioneer Andrew Bigham and his wife Mary Cleveland. The home remained in the Bigham/Agar family for over 140 years. The land was then developed into the Glen Agar neighbourhood, yet the house still stands today, hidden away at the top of the hill.

Living at Glen Agar, you are just moments from all the things you love. Ideally located in the heart of Etobicoke, close to Highways 427 and 401, Glen Agar is just a short drive from Toronto Pearson Airport, many downtown destinations, and the designer shopping at Sherway Gardens Mall and Bloor West. TTC buses stop outside your door, providing quick connections in every direction. Walk to nearby schools, community centres, parks and nature trails. Libraries, arenas, shopping, dining and services are just a few of the great amenities you will find right in your own neighbourhood.

Glen Agar is a rare oasis tucked away in a spectacular scenic setting. The winding Mimico Creek ravine cuts through the community, a beautiful swathe of green connecting many neighbourhood parks, including Glen Agar Park, Ravenscrest Park, Hampshire Heights Park and Echo Valley Creek. The biggest of these, West Deane Park is a 54-hectare community park that features two baseball diamonds, four tennis courts, three children’s playgrounds, several walking and biking trails and a family picnic area.

Glen Agar is another signature community from Minto, one of the GTA’s leading, award-winning homebuilders. Bringing together the skills, energy and talents of over 1,400 employees, Minto has been instrumental in the design and construction of more than 70,000 residential and commercial properties in Toronto, Ottawa and South Florida.

Glen Agar

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Building award-winning communities in North America

Building award-winning communities in North America

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Building award-winning communities in North America

by Bryan Tuckey

The GTA is home to some of the best building and development industry professionals in North America.

The work of local members of the industry frequently receives national and international praise and recognition. In January 2017, several of our builders, developers, designers and marketers were recognized south of the border at the National Sales and Marketing Awards. Known as The Nationals, this annual competition honours the best in the industry across North America.

BILD members have a long history of winning at the Nationals and this year our members received 44 silver and 10 gold awards in a range of building, design and marketing categories.

One of the areas in which members did exceptionally well was in the architectural design of attached homes. Minto Communities received two silver awards for their work on two Toronto-based developments. One of them was Bside, a condo development at Bathurst and Front Streets, and the other for Long Branch, a collection of stacked townhomes in the city’s west end. The gold award in the Best Architectural Design of an Attached Home Plan category was presented to BILD member Brookfield Residential for a four-storey contemporary condominium project they are building in the U.S.

Local developers Empire Communities and Tridel were each honoured with two gold awards. Empire won the Best Social Media Campaign and Best Computer Generated Sales Tool awards for Avalon, a community of townhomes and single-family detached homes in Caledonia. Meanwhile Tridel was recognized in the Best Print Ad Campaign and Best Brochure Lifestyle Magazine categories for SQ, a new condominium development in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood.

Toronto-based marketing agency Montana Steele won the most trophies among BILD members, collecting 19 silver awards and two gold awards. Six of those silver awards were for Rodeo Drive, a condominium development in North York, which earned them a gold award in the Best Print Ad category.

Fred Losani, right, accepts the Building Industry Community Spirit Award.
Fred Losani, right, accepts the Building Industry Community Spirit Award.

A highlight at this year’s Nationals was the presentation of the prestigious Building Industry Community Spirit Award to Losani Homes for its work with the Losani Family Foundation. The annual award is presented to a builder-supported non-profit program or charity and is judged on its originality, concept and execution.

Losani Homes is a builder from Stoney Creek that has been developing new communities in and around the Hamilton area since 1976. It formed the Losani Family Foundation in 2013 with the help of the Hamilton Community Foundation to help support Losani Homes’ various charity work. Since then the foundation has worked with a number of local charities and initiatives such as the Bruce Trail Expedition for Kids and the Toy and Turkey Drive.

More recent efforts saw the Losani Family Foundation partner with Free the Children, a Thornhill-based charity helping impoverished children in developing countries. Last year the foundation took its efforts to Ecuador where several members of the Losani family helped build a classroom and a medical facility that will help service 12,000 people from surrounding villages deep within the Amazon jungle.

Bryan Tuckey is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). He can be found on Twitter (twitter.com/bildgta), Facebook (facebook.com/bildgta) and BILD’s official online blog (bildblogs.ca).


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