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Builder of the Year – Large Volume, Tribute Communities

DRHBA confers 2019 Awards of Excellence

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DRHBA confers 2019 Awards of Excellence

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Builder of the Year – Large Volume, Tribute Communities

The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) has announced the winners of its 2019 Awards of Excellence.

Tribute Communities was named Builder of the Year – Large Volume, and City Homes took home the top honours as Builder of the Year – Small Volume. Minto Communities’ Ivy Ridge was recognized as Community of the Year.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovations, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing of projects within Durham Region.

“Our Awards of Excellence celebrate the best in the business,” says Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson. “It’s an evening where members of the industry get together to honour our incredible builders, suppliers, manufacturers and professionals in the residential building industry of Durham Region.”

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Builder of the Year – Small Volume, City Homes

This year’s gala event was hosted by Ambrose Price, a Canadian designer and television personality, who hosts the HGTV show The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price.

DRHBA Regional Chair John Henry presented the Hall of Fame Award to Peter Abramczuk, of Valiant Property Rentals and City Homes, who was heavily involved with association for many years. Bob Annaert, retired from D.G. Biddle & Associates was given the Hall of Fame Award by DRHBA president Emidio DiPalo, for all of his contributions over the years. MPP Lindsey Park welcomed Ron Robinson, retired from Rob Robinson Construction, into the Hall of Fame, recognizing his achievements in the industry and with the association.

Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson, centre, with the HOMES Publishing team
Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson, centre, with the HOMES Publishing team

This year’s winners include:

Corporate Citizenship

Minto Communities

 

Community of the Year

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge

 

Green Builder of the Year

Steve Snider Construction

 

Builder of the Year – Small Volume

City Homes

 

Builder of the Year – Large Volume

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Print Ad/Direct Mail Piece

Esquire Homes

 

Excellence in Logo Design

Holland Homes

 

Excellence in Digital Marketing

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (under 1,600 sq. ft.)

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge, Victoria End

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (1,600-2,400 sq. ft.)

Holland Homes, 12 Glenview Road

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (2,401-3,400 sq. ft.)

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge, Welton

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (3,401-4,400 sq. ft.)

Marshall Homes, Flexhouz

 

Excellence in Production Built Kitchen Design

Holland Homes, 85 Townline Road Kitchen

 

Excellence in Production Built Bathroom Design

Trademark Homes, The Queens Ensuite

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (under 2,500 sq. ft.)

Construct and Conserve Building, Hircock Residence

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (2,501-3,500 sq. ft.)

Marshall Homes, Modern Cottage in the City

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (3,501-4,400 sq. ft.)

Holland Homes, 12 Elgin Lane

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (4,401 sq. ft. and over)

Construct and Conserve Building, Uxbridge Estate

 

Excellence in Custom Built Kitchen Design

DeSousa Homes, Meadow

 

Excellence in Custom Built Bathroom Design

Trademark Homes, The Coppinwood Ensuite

 

Excellence in Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite

Holland Homes, 85 Townline Road

 

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Small Volume

WP Developments, Valleyview Project in Bowmanville

 

Salesperson of the Year

Eileen Brennan, PMA Brethour

 

Outstanding Trade

The Fireside Group

 

Outstanding Supplier or Manufacturer

Rocpal Custom Cabinets

 

Online Excellence

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Training and Development

Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists

 

Excellence in Social Media

Accubuilt Construction

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition (under $100,000)

Accubuilt Construction, McCrimmon

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition ($100,001-$150,000)

The Reno Twins, Barbados Main Floor

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition ($150,001 and up)

Steve Snider Construction, Lakeview Farm

 

Excellence in Room Renovation

Trademark Homes, The Hampton Family Room Renovation

 

Excellence in Kitchen Renovation

Paradisaic Building Group, Project Croxall

 

Excellence in Bathroom Renovation

Paradisaic Building Group, Whitby Retreat

 

For more information, visit drhba.com.

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Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

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Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

Mention the neighbourhood Midtown Toronto, and people generally react in one of two ways. “Where exactly is that?? – the inference being that in a growing city of this size, pinpointing where the centre is, well… difficult, to say the least.

And once realizing “Midtown” is roughly defined by Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west, people often think “Old Toronto.”

And in the context of real estate, that means high-priced.

Increasingly accessible

Indeed, with neighbourhoods such as Rosedale, Forest Hill, Deer Park, Summerhill and Yonge & Eglinton, Midtown is generally affluent and exclusive. Signature detached homes in any of these areas can easily run into the multi-million-dollar range.

However, new developments coming on the scene, particularly some landmark highrise condominiums, are making the area increasingly accessible to a variety of residents.

Once commonly known as “Yonge & Eligible,” due to its popularity among young single professionals, Yonge and Eglinton is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, appealing to a variety of lifestyles.

Boasting five-star restaurants, boutiques, diverse retail services, schools and corporate head offices, residents have plenty of options for work and play right out their front door.

Crosstown traffic

If a great midtown location isn’t enough, proximity to transit is also a significant appeal of this area, being right on the Yonge Street subway line. And come 2021, moving about the city will get even easier, with the expected opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Slightly off the beaten trail, wander over to nearby Davisville Village, Mount Pleasant Village and Forest Hill Village for a taste of what that Old Toronto was like, still with small, independent shops and nice little parkettes.

Select condo projects

The Eglinton by Menkes Developments

Y&S Condos by Tribute Communities

625 Yonge St. by Edenshaw Developments

e2 Condos by RioCan Living

2128 Yonge St. by Reserve Properties

1 Eglinton East by Davpart Inc.

Line 5 South by Reserve Properties

Location, location, location

Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview Avenue to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west

Key landmarks

  • Yonge Eglinton Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Spadina Park
  • Forest Hill Village
  • Davisville Village
  • Mount Pleasant Village

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Tribute Communities making a Green difference

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Tribute Communities making a Green difference

Tribute Communities is a builder/developer that’s making a difference for the industry and Ontario new homebuyers through Green initiatives. Just ask Tim Clarke, a software engineering consultant who worked for a company specializing in reducing the water and wastewater demands of residential buildings.

When Clarke bought a home in Tribute’s Grandview development in Oshawa, he was interested in upgrade packages that would make the home more energy efficient – not a typical request like hardwood flooring or marble countertops.

“He wanted a better than (Ontario Building) Code home,” says Wally Kunz, options manager at Tribute’s decor centre.

Little did any of them know at the time that this request would lead to the launch of Tribute’s Innovative Performance Standard, or TIPS.

Frank MacPhee, Tribute’s vice-president of contracts and the man who gave the program the green light, had sensed a better-than-code ask was inevitable.

Clarke’s request “just pushed it quicker to the forefront of our mandate.” Clarke received the “comfort package,” consisting of a Lennox two-stage 96 AFUE furnace, a Lifebreath ERV, HVAC balancing, a drainwater recovery unit, greywater rough-in, a Green Whisper Select bath fan and Excel sheathing.

Soon after, TIPS was offered as standard fare at Tribute’s new Ajax community, Quantum Falls. Enbridge then approached Tribute to join Savings by Design, a program that provides builders with a $2,000 rebate for every home (up to a maximum of 50 houses per community) that is rated 15 per cent better than the 2017 code.

Meanwhile, with a new home rated 21 per cent better than code, Clarke is already seeing savings in his bills.

For perspective, his old house was 2,500 square feet, 1,000 square feet smaller than his new one. In the new home, monthly hydro bills have dropped from $150 to $100 and gas is down from $170 to just over $100.

MacPhee says Clarke’s home is one of more than 30,000 homes across Southern Ontario built by the 2016 Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Homebuilder of the Year.

Through its participation in the Savings by Design program, Tribute Communities is constructing energyefficient, healthy and sustainable homes that exceed building code requirements by at least 15 per cent, as well as promoting environmental stewardship through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, conservation of natural resources, habitat remediation and environmental education.

This story is from an article appearing in Better Builder magazine by Toronto-based writer Rob Blackstien.

ENBRIDGE For more on Savings By Design, visit SavingsByDesign.ca

TRIBUTE For more on Tribute Communities developments, visit TributeCommunities.com

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Saving By Design : Tribute Tips The Scales

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Saving By Design : Tribute Tips The Scales

By listening to customers, builder created energy-efficiency program

Tribute Communities is a builder/developer that’s making a difference for the industry and Ontario new homebuyers through green initiatives. Just ask Tim Clarke, a software engineering consultant who worked for a company specializing in reducing the water and wastewater demands of residential buildings.

When Clarke bought a home in Tribute’s Grandview development in Oshawa, he was interested in upgrade packages that would make the home more energy efficient – not a typical request like hardwood flooring or marble countertops.

“He wanted a better than (Ontario Building) Code home,” said Wally Kunz, options manager at Tribute’s decor centre.

Little did any of them know at the time that this request would lead to the launch of Tribute’s Innovative Performance Standard, or TIPS.

New homebuyer Tim Clarke’s TIPS home is shown at Tribute Communities’ Grandview site in Oshawa.

Frank MacPhee, Tribute’s vice president of contracts and the man who gave the program the green light, had sensed a better-than-code ask was inevitable. Clarke’s request “just pushed it quicker to the forefront of our mandate.”

Clarke received the “comfort package,” consisting of a Lennox two-stage 96 AFUE furnace, a Lifebreath ERV, HVAC balancing, a drainwater recovery unit, greywater rough-in, a Green Whisper Select bath fan and Excel sheathing.

Soon after, TIPS was offered as standard fare at Tribute’s new Ajax community, Quantum Falls. Enbridge then approached Tribute to join Savings by Design, a program that provides builders with a $2,000 rebate for every home (up to a maximum of 50 houses per community) that is rated 15 per cent better than the 2017 code.

Wally Kunz, options manager at Tribute Communities’ decor centre in Pickering

ENERGY BILLS DECREASE

Meanwhile, with a new home rated 21 per cent better than code, Clarke is already seeing savings in his bills.

For perspective, his old house was 2,500 square feet, 1,000 square feet smaller than his new one. In the new home, monthly hydro bills have dropped from $150 to $100 and gas is down from $170 to just over $100. That’s about 37.5 per cent savings in utility costs for a home that’s 40 per cent larger.

MacPhee says Clarke’s home is one of more than 30,000 homes across Southern Ontario built by the 2016 Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Homebuilder of the Year.

He adds that the corporate philosophy of Tribute, a proud member of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario, is, “Build every house as if you were the one moving into it.”

This story is from an article appearing in Better Builder magazine by Toronto-based writer Rob Blackstien.

ENBRIDGE Savings By Design To find out more, go to SavingsByDesign.ca

TRIBUTE To find out more about Tribute Communities developments, go to TributeCommunities.com

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