Minto Communities is named as leader in two prestigious categories by
EnerQuality, Canada's foremost provider of green building services
OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Minto Communities Inc. was awarded the two highest honours at last week's EnerQuality
Awards of Excellence, 2011 Green Builder of the Year and 2011 Leader of
the Year. The organization congratulated Minto's vast achievements in
green building - specifically the company's ability to demonstrate
innovation and sustainability through the construction of
high-performance and energy-efficient new homes, as well as through
excellent consumer engagement and employee empowerment on the topic of
green building awareness.
EnerQuality was founded in 1998 as a partnership between the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Ontario Home Builders Association. Its mission is to transform Ontario's housing into the most energy
efficient and sustainable in the world.
The 2011 Green Builder of the Year award recognizes a home builder who demonstrates building innovation and
excellence in one or more of EnerQuality's managed certification
programs, including ENERGY STAR and LEED Canada for New Homes, and
whose "overall commitment and leadership has resulted in a significant
impact on moving this industry forward." In 2011, Minto had 751 homes
enrolled in a combination of both the ENERGY STAR® and LEED® Canada for
New Homes programs. Since 2010, Minto Communities has committed to
building all new homes to a standard of ENERGY STAR certification, and
has built and closed 1200 units under this guarantee. Minto Communities
has often exceeded these certification requirements by implementing
more efficient and innovative green building technologies in their new
According to EnerQuality, the 2011 Leader of the Year is given to an industry-nominated recipient who exhibits "commitment,
advocacy and leadership in driving the growth of energy efficient/green
new housing in Ontario." In receiving this high honour, Minto was
recognized for exceeding voluntary program technical certification
requirements in new home construction, going "above and beyond" in
marketing and sales programs to drive awareness, as well as effectively
integrating green into its internal culture through a dedicated
division of sustainability professionals, a body of green employee
volunteers and company-wide initiatives.
"As a leader in the residential construction industry, Minto has
participated in developing the Next Generation of ENERGY STAR for New
Homes, an initiative that entails collaborating on the development of
new ENERGY STAR requirements with other technical experts from across
Canada," added Alison Minato, Minto's Vice President of Sustainability.
Minto's Sustainability Department, comprised of engineers and subject
matter experts, consistently work in collaboration with Minto
Communities to research new building practices, test and pilot new
technologies, benchmark building performances and commercialize piloted
technologies within both their existing and new building portfolio.
The Minto Group, established in 1955, is an Ottawa-based real estate, development,
construction and property management company with operations also in
Toronto, London (ON) and Florida.
SOURCE The Minto Group
For further information:
Gwen Cox, Director of Communications, The Minto Group, Inc.