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New GREENPRINT from National Homes makes communities more sustainable

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New GREENPRINT from National Homes makes communities more sustainable

Today, homebuyers – especially Millennial buyers – are looking for environmentally responsible options in real estate. National Homes recognized the importance of sustainability to its buyers, and began developing a program that gives buyers the reassurance of knowing that when buying a new home, they are also doing their part. That program, called “GREENPRINT,” is now about to launch in National Homes communities across the GTA.

For more than 25 years, National has lived by the mandate that “You are the Blueprint.” This customer-focussed approach has been the driving force behind the design and construction of every community National has built. And now, the company is taking it even further.

As an environmentally conscious company, National Homes utilized a third party CRESNET-certified energy evaluator to complete energy performance testing and inspections in their homes, to find where they can best improve energy efficiency and increase savings for homeowners on energy consumption. Then National responded by incorporating Green materials, features, and processes into every home they build. In addition, homebuyers can also choose from options that can save even more energy, save long term costs, and reduce their environmental impact even further.

Engineered hardwood flooring optimizes performance in your home with many eco-concious benefits.
Engineered hardwood flooring optimizes performance in your home with many eco-concious benefits.

The initial step to any Green initiative is recycling. National strives to reduce landfill waste and repurpose as many materials as possible. Non-recyclable materials are carefully sorted, and bricks and concrete that can’t be used on another project are broken down into recycled aggregate. National chooses to use renewable materials where possible and buy local, cutting back on emissions created by shipping materials while also fueling the local economy.

National then offers environmentally responsible features as standards in all its homes. From features such as programmable thermostats and low-flow faucets, to drain water heat recovery pipes and energy recovery ventilators, National ensures that your home runs as efficiently as possible for both the planet and for your wallet. Using Quartz countertops and 100-percent recycled carpets preserves natural resources by using safe man-made alternatives, and all hardwood flooring meets the high standards regarding low environmental impact.

Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption.
Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption.

Going Green provides homebuyers with even more choice. With so many Green features offered, the possibilities are nearly endless. A comprehensive series of Bright Ideas was developed with input from National homebuyers that make a home more functional, save time, and money too. Imagine cupboards that disappear when you don’t need them, drop zones that keep your home organized and lights that turn off with a voice command.

At the National Homes Design Studio, buyers can choose LED lighting packages to save energy, upgrade to a two-stage variable speed furnace, or get a smart thermostat that learns and adapts to a buyer’s needs to save money and energy. Or choose between durable, eco-friendly laminate flooring or engineered hardwood flooring to optimize your home performance while still looking sleek and beautiful.

Quartz countertops preserve natural resources as a man-made material.
Quartz countertops preserve natural resources as a man-made material.

The “GREENPRINT” to an eco-friendly home isn’t all about features and finishes. One of the most revolutionary technologies that National Homes has adopted to help keep your home as environmentally responsible is the use of innovative Panergy Wall Systems. Tested in Europe for decades, these prefabricated building envelopes reduce CO2 emissions, have superior thermal, moisture, and acoustical performance, are more fireproof, and have far higher energy-efficiency than traditional constructions. All this, paired with faster installation and significantly reduced construction waste, makes Panergy one of the smartest and Greenest options on the market. National began using this technology starting with the acclaimed Three Rivers community, which is currently in its final release and, given the very positive response, it will continue to do so into the future.

Smart thermostat systems that learns your habits and adjusts accordingly, saving money and energy.
Smart thermostat systems that learns your habits and adjusts accordingly, saving money and energy.

By offering so many Green features and finishes in its communities, National Homes is showing a commitment to sustainability as it continues to roll out new innovative ideas like the “Bright Ideas” and “GREENPRINT” programs. National strives to put clients first and work on a personal level to meet the needs of those people who prioritize environmental responsibility, all while building homes as eco-friendly as possible.

Each step taken towards efficiency and sustainability brings us closer to a Greener future – something that people worldwide work towards every day. The actions of every single person creates an impact, but having these ideals built into the core of a company such as National Homes shows that every company can do its part, and National’s “GREENPRINT” initiative proves that you can do your part to help the planet, and look stylish at the same time.

You will be able to explore National’s Green/Smart home innovations in new communities coming soon, including The Vale, a townhome community coming to Courtice; Tyandaga Heights, townhomes coming soon to Burlington’s Brant St.; and, also in Burlington, a new condo and townhome community on Plains Rd..


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Local Focus - Oakville & Burlington

Oakville & Burlington are on the leading edges of the GTA

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Oakville & Burlington are on the leading edges of the GTA

Long gone are the days when Oakville and Burlington, neighbouring locations off the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario, were sleepy suburbs on the outskirts of the GTA. Expansion in highway and transit infrastructure, economic and employment growth and new housing development are all contributing to what today are booming, self-sustaining, destinations.

Such growth and development also mean rising home prices, as these two markets are forecast to be among the hottest in Ontario this year.

Blessed locations

Blessed with strong natural locations close to the lake, the QEW, Dundas Street West and Hwys. 403 and 401, getting to and around Oakville and Burlington has never been a challenge. But recent improvements to transit service and highways have afforded even easier movement for businesses and residents.

Such growth has contributed to increasingly diverse local economies, strong in automotive and manufacturing, but not overly reliant on any one sector.

Besides being close to Lake Ontario to the south, and the Niagara Escarpment to the north, Burlington is also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It boasts more than 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, the world’s largest lilac collection and three on-site restaurants.

Down by the lake, the recently renovated Spencer Smith Park hosts an array of annual free festivals, including Canada’s largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, Children’s Festival and Lakeside Festival of Lights.

Similarly, Oakville boasts 3,500 acres of parkland, more than 300 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks, gardens, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks.

For cultural pursuits, Oakville has the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is an annual summer event that features a number of stages along Lakeshore Road East. The Waterfront Festival takes place in Coronation Park, including amusement rides, arts and crafts, food and drinks, concerts and nightly fireworks displays.

With so much development underway, it’s no surprise that more people are moving west – particularly those looking for more affordable homes than in Toronto. Residence here, however, has its price: Oakville is now one of the GTA’s priciest housing markets. Burlington is seeing its own home price growth spurt, though it is notably more affordable.

Burlington, in particular, is undergoing a change of sorts. In the 2018 municipal elections, residents voted in Marianne Meed Ward as new mayor, notably on her promise to address their concerns about over-intensification and development.

Location, location, location

  • Oakville population 192,832; Burlington 185,000, located in Halton Region at the northwestern end of Lake Ontario
  • Oakville distance from Toronto, 38 kms; Burlington, 60 km

Select housing developments


5North by Mattamy Homes

Bronte Meadows by Flato Group

Glen Ashton Estates by Menkes

Ivy Rouge by Rosehaven Homes

Ivy Rouge by Starlane Home Corporation

The Preserve by Mattamy Homes

Upper Joshua Creek by Mattamy Homes

White Oaks Ravine by Dunpar Homes


Mountainview Heights by Greenpark Group

Mountainview Heights by Starlane Home Corporation

The Towns at Valera by Adi Developments

Tyandaga Heights by National Homes

StationWest Towns by Adi Developments


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Gallery Condos + Lofts

Gallery Condos + Lofts offers urban-inspired living in Burlington

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Gallery Condos + Lofts offers urban-inspired living in Burlington

Situated in the heart of downtown Burlington, just west of Toronto and directly across from city hall, Carriage Gate’s Gallery Condos + Lofts will offer homeowners modern luxury and all the creature comforts of home.

The 159 suites have been meticulously curated by award-winning Tomas Pearce Interior Design. The art-inspired lobby features two-storey ceilings, an integrated fireplace, and luxurious lounge seating beneath a cascading designer chandelier. An understated elegance is enhanced with original artwork and sculptures throughout the building.

For creative souls

Priced from the $400s, suites at Gallery Condos + Lofts will range in size from 514, to more than 1,600 square feet. Pre-construction pricing is still available for a limited time. The tower suites feature expansive windows, oversized balconies/terraces with gas barbecue connections, as well as spacious open-concept floorplans, chef-style kitchens and nine-foot ceiling heights. “Interiors have been designed for the way that you live, with most of the tower units averaging close to 1,000 square feet,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate Homes. “The attention to detail that we’ve put into these extraordinary kitchens, is sure to bring out the culinary artist in you.”

The soft lofts on the gallery level of the 22-storey building, boast unique urban finishes, barn-style doors, concrete accent walls and 10-foot ceiling heights. The signature, master ensuite, includes a one-of-a-kind, four-piece wet room, elevating it to a spa-like experience.

Building amenities will include an elaborate party room with separate dining and billiard spaces on the second floor, as well as a gym and a yoga room that open to the outdoors, and a spectacular indoor pool. From the top of the 22nd floor, a rooftop oasis provides breathtaking views. Lounge in luxury, or dine alfresco, while overlooking downtown Burlington and Lake Ontario. A 24-hour concierge service, and pet spa, round out this fine living experience.

The extended community

Energetic, vivid, dynamic and full of life, Burlington is undergoing a revitalization. As a further expression of the artistic vibe of this city, Gallery Condos + Lofts is adding to the colourful palette. The building will be situated at the corner of Brant and James Streets, with wide streetscapes on all three sides of the building. A lushly landscaped piazza-style environment will feature patios, dining and street-level retail – the perfect gathering place.

Gallery Condos + Lofts positions residents in the centre of all that Burlington has to offer, including cultural events, festivals and year-round activities. Walk or bike along the 32-kilometre Brant Street Pier, and take advantage of an abundance of shops and restaurants in downtown Burlington.

Carriage Gate Homes has been building award-winning communities in southwestern Ontario for more than 30 years. Gallery Condos + Lofts is one of their finest developments.




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Editor's Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Building on Affinity’s success in Burlington, Rosehaven is poised to launch Odyssey in Grimsby

Rosehaven Homes is proud to offer inspired condominium residences to complement their vast selection of singles and townhomes currently available at communities across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario.

From the eager response to date, it is clear that this home type satisfies a growing number of buyers’ needs. Besides giving many first-time buyers the opportunity to own, contemporary suites have many attractive features. Residents enjoy carefree condo living with lifestyle amenities, and no maintenance or chores like snow shoveling. Owners also discover that a condo is a “lock-and-leave” home so they can go away on vacation without worry.


With construction underway at Affinity, the doors are open on the new Presentation Centre just down the street at 516 Plains Road East in Burlington.

There’s a great selection of suites available from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom-plus-formal-dining-room, from 575 up to 1,272 square feet. Affinity consists of two contemporary six-storey midrise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen and rooftop terrace.

Suites are finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and 12-inch-by-24-inch imported porcelain floor tiles in bathrooms, quartz countertops and nine-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state-of-the-art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit are included.

Set in an established neighbourhood, Affinity is surrounded by green space with Lake Ontario’s picturesque Burlington Bay, the Waterfront Trail and LaSalle Park on the doorstep. Shopping, schools and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores just minutes away by car or transit.

Close to Aldershot GO Transit station, and with easy access to the QEW, this inspired condo answers the needs of a wide range of buyers from empty nesters to first-time buyers, commuters and young professionals. Visit the new Presentation Centre or AffinityCondo.ca for more.


Rosehaven is bringing refined waterfront living to Grimsby with Odyssey, a brilliant 20-storey condominium launching this summer by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Odyssey’s highrise condominium residence will feature spacious open-concept interiors with contemporary finishes to complement your personal style. And there’s a choice of lake views or escarpment views.

Set amidst everything that makes the Niagara Region appealing, Grimsby is a vibrant and growing town with a lively arts scene, shopping, dining and more. Here you will discover waterfront parks and conservation areas with miles of tree-lined trails to explore. Odyssey residents will love the Waterfront Trail at their door.

It’s only a 30-minute drive to Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines. There are renowned wineries to tour, the beautiful village Niagara-on-the-Lake to visit and all the attractions of Niagara. A new Grimsby GO Transit station opens soon on the Lakeshore West line that runs from Niagara to Toronto’s Union Station.

Those who love waterfront condo living surrounded by natural beauty are urged to register online for Odyssey right away.


Rosehaven has something for everyone, whether a condominium, townhome or detached home.



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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Blueprint Workshop revolutionizes new home consumer research

As its slogan “You are the Blueprint” attests, National Homes takes homebuyer feedback seriously when planning its homes and communities.

Always an industry innovator, the company has now revolutionized the concept of traditional focus groups and consumer research with the National Homes Blueprint Workshop, a ground-breaking event that explored how homeowners feel about their homes, how they live in them, and what type of design, features and technology they believe will improve their lives.

The January Blueprint Workshop brought together creative design thinkers with dozens of past and potential future National Homes buyers of varied ages and demographics. They gathered in the IBM Innovation Space at Venture Labs in Markham, along with National Homes staff, designers, architects, engineers and partner leaders for a THINKTANK dedicated to new homes. Students from York University’s Schulich School of Business real estate master’s program also participated.

They broke into four small groups with partner leaders to engage in discussions, presentations and interviews. IBM helped to design and facilitate the workshop.

When IBM’s expertise in human-centred design indicates that the conversation is less about features and functions, and more about users and outcomes, businesses are more successful. It’s about understanding what matters to clients, how they see the world and getting to know them.

“With a typical focus group, people are sitting behind a screen or mirror with a facilitator and it’s structured,” says Deena Pantalone, director of marketing innovation and managing partner for National Homes. “This was more relaxed and comfortable. Rather than asking things such as, ‘Which interior finish do you like,’ we discussed generally how it feels to live in a house.”

The workshop’s purpose was to provide in-depth insight into homebuyers’ needs and desires, to further research and development efforts to position National Homes as a builder that values innovation and is responsive to its customers.

The day delved into the homeowner experience beyond bricks and mortar, explored new technology and time-saving solutions, as well as how to make the homebuying experience unique. It explored the idea of community, looking not just solely at homeowners’ needs, but what their parents and children might need as well.

Participants were selected based on responses to a survey sent to registrants from National Homes’ communities, along with current homeowners.

Partner leaders included Karl Vredenburg, Director IBM Design Worldwide Client Programs and head of IBM Studios Canada; Professor James McKellar, Associate Dean External Relations and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Schulich School of Business; Raphael Wong and Matt Lennan of ThoughtWire, a leading Canadian digital intelligence company; Jenna Zaza of The Interactive Abode, a technology company that allows purchasers to virtually decorate their new homes and make finishing selections online; Jason Disher, Logan Stewart, Tyler Balding and Yonnas Tecle of Panasonic, a company that makes state-of-theart home products; and Bob Storey, Andreas C. Leuth and Greg Jefferies of Sto Canada Ltd., a leader in high-performance building cladding options.

“Innovation has always been a staple of our corporate foundation,” says Pantalone. “I’ve travelled to leading international cities where this type of research is being carried out. We want to anticipate homeowner problems and provide solutions by thinking ahead. We want to provide futuristic homes that are affordable.”

Workshop participants got a glimpse into some of the future possibilities. For example, ThoughtWire has changed the way people act with their built environment with its software. It has played a transformative role in digitizing healthcare facilities, speeding up workflow and improving patient experience with automation and real-time interactions between medical staff, systems and devices. For instance, patients can control the temperature in their rooms, medical personnel get real-time patient information on their devices and elevators can be programmed so food carts delivering patient meals won’t be delayed. Some of this technology can be adapted for residential use.

Panasonic might be best known for home entertainment products in Canada, but the company has a comprehensive lineup of home-related products and builds entire new home communities in Japan. Participants learned about the Shimau Principle – the art of space and harmony where everything is in its rightful place. Panasonic offers comprehensive storage and organization solutions. Developed in Japan, where people live in smaller spaces, the solutions are a great fit for condos — or any home — as many homeowners do not utilize space to its best advantage.

Attendees got to see, touch and feel EcoShapes from Sto Canada, a product that has been used in Europe for more than 30 years but is new to Canada. It reduces energy costs, provides a higher R-value and reduces the home’s carbon footprint. Sto’s forward-thinking products contribute to creating a superior energy-efficient home.

Zaza, founder of The Interactive Abode, explained how pop culture, online sites and TV shows inspired development of her interactive software that allows purchasers the time to research and make decisions about their new home selections from the comfort of their own homes. It uses photo-realistic renderings to take the guesswork out of decisions between standard or upgrade options and allows buyers to visualize how colour selections and finishes will look in their new residence. Zaza says in the last five years, sales centres have incorporated software that helps with homebuying, but the process was lacking in the design studio. Zaza brought four laptops for workshop participants to try the online design studio for themselves.

Pantalone is excited about the possibilities the Blueprint Workshop offered and sees this as the springboard for more collaborative sessions with homeowners and other partners to transform the builder-buyer relationship.

“Our slogan, ‘You Are the Blueprint,’ means something to us as a company,” she said. “This will allow us to take our relationship with our purchasers to a whole new level and create a more meaningful buying and living experience for them.”

National Homes looks forward to offering some of their latest “bright ideas” at upcoming new home communities in 2018 and 2019 including Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.
National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.


Visit National Homes online for more information and to register for previews before the public openings in communities in Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.



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