Other businesses and leaders recognized at EnerQuality ceremony
GTA Construction Report staff writer
The Minto Group received three awards at the EnerQuality (EQ) Awards Feb. 19 in Toronto.
The Ottawa-headquartered builder/developer received the Ontario Green Builder of the Year award, which recognizes the company for leading the homebuilding industry in energy efficiency and green building in the past year.
The Minto Group was also awarded Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year in the large volume category, and Best Green Marketing Campaign in part for their Longbranch community on Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard.
The annual EQ awards ceremony recognizes green innovators and influencers in the building community.
“We are extremely proud to honour The Minto Group and their industry peers for their commitment to building a greener Ontario,” said EnerQuality president Corey McBurney. “Year after year Ontario’s residential construction industry finds innovative ways to build increasingly energy efficient homes, and they deserve recognition for their hard work.”
EnerQuality also celebrated the tenth anniversary of Energy Star for New Homes, a program the organization piloted in 2005. Over the last 10 years EnerQuality has seen a steady increase in market penetration – last year 32 per cent of all Ontario homes were Energy Star qualified, the most successful year to date. The program is now the most successful green building program in Canada.
Two additional Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year awards were presented, one to Tamarack Homes in the mid volume category, and the other to Midhaven Homes in the small/custom category.
The Energy Star Champion of the Year award was presented to Al Schmidt of A&J Energy Consultants, who works with builder clients to implement turn-key processes for value added, energy efficient construction.
Meanwhile, Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes was inducted into the EnerQuality Hall of Fame in recognition of his lasting impact on energy efficiency and green building in the housing industry. Mattamy Homes has built more than 11,000 Energy Star qualified homes across Ontario, and was one of the first builders to enroll homes in the program.