EQ Awards Handed Out to Ontario Best Green Builders

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EQ Awards Handed Out to Ontario Best Green Builders

(TORONTO, ON. Feb 23, 2017) Today, an extensive series of high quality presentations about sustainability in the housing industry took place at the EnerQuality (EQ) Housing Innovation Forum. This was followed by an evening of celebration as the EQ Awards Gala took centre stage at Universal EventSpace in Vaughan.

Corey McBurney, President, EnerQuality, when introducing the EQ Awards said, “Innovation is ideas brought to life. Ideas that change the world. With these awards we celebrate the change-makers – the innovators and leaders who have put their ideas into practice.”

The theme of the Innovation Forum was New, Now, and Next and focused on new thinking, new products, and new techniques for advancing green building performance.  In addition to presentations by leading green building thinkers and doers, there was also the highly competitive and ever-entertaining EQ Innovation Gauntlet (IG). The IG is where an all-star panel of builder “dragons” ask the tough questions to vendors seeking a thumbs-up for new products.

With winners in 16 categories (see below), the Awards Gala saw an evening that combined suspense and waves of applause as the “best of the best” EQ builders were recognized. The loudest applause was for EnerQuality Hall of Fame Award inductee Paul Golini Jr., Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Empire Communities.  Empire Communities is one of Canada’s largest real estate developments companies, having built more than 10,000 new homes and condominiums in Canada and the U.S.A. 

New this year was the Impact Award, recognizing a builder’s significant voluntary progress in reducing carbon emissions and outstanding achievements through energy efficiency and sustainability practices. The recipient of the inaugural Impact Award was Mattamy Homes, one of North America’s largest privately-owned home builders.

2016 EQ Award Winners: 

Building Innovation – Low Rise
Award winner: Arista Homes – Vaughan, Ontario

Building Innovation – Mid/High Rise
Award winner: Times Group – Valleymede Towers, Richmond Hill, Ontario

ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder of the Year – Small
Award winner: Castleform Development Inc. – Toronto, Ontario

ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder of the Year – Mid
Award winner: Mason Homes – Concord, Ontario

ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder of the Year – Large
Award winner: The Minto Group – Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario

Best Green Marketing Campaign
Award winner: Great Gulf Homes – Active House Centennial Park, Toronto, Ontario

Green Renovation Project of the Year
Award winner: RND Construction – 106 Bayswater, Ottawa, Ontario

Ontario Green Builder of the Year
Award winner: Reid’s Heritage Homes – Head Office Cambridge, Ontario

ENERGY STAR Champion of the Year
Award winner: Lisa Bergeron, JELD-WEN – Quebec City, Quebec

R-2000 Builder of the Year
Award winner: Sloot Construction – Guelph (Arkell), Ontario

Net Zero Home Builder of the Year
Award winner: Reid’s Heritage Homes – Head Office Cambridge, Ontario

Evaluator of the Year
Award winner: Jack Zhou – Markham, Ontario

Builder Achievement Award
Award winner: Doug Tarry – St. Thomas, Ontario

Leader of the Year
Award winner: Jennifer Weatherston, Reid’s Heritage Homes – Head Office Cambridge, Ontario

Savings by Design
Award winner: Geranium Homes – Markham, Ontario

Impact Award
Award winner: Mattamy Homes – Toronto, Ontario


For more information, to schedule interviews or secure high-resolution award presentation photos, please contact: Don Huff, ECO Strategy, huffd@ecostrategy.ca, 416-972-7401 or (C) 416 -805-7720
EnerQuality is Canada’s #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.

Sponsors Include:
Enbridge, Save on Energy, Owens Corning, Union Gas, BILD, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Cricket Energy, Dettson, Eddy Home, GeoSource Energy Inc., Jeld Wen, Ontario Home Builders’ Association, Redmond/Williams-Bosch, Reliance Home Comfort, Velux, Avid Ratings Canada, Sun-Brite Drapery, Torlys Smart Floors

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