Scotiabank and Green Living Enterprises announce nine award finalists
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Scotiabank, in partnership with Green Living Enterprises, today
announced the nine finalists of the 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, a
Canada-wide awards program recognizing businesses, innovators and
students for excellence in the development of home energy efficiency
products, services and solutions. The winners of the $75,000 in award
incentives will be announced at a gala ceremony on June 6, 2013 at the
Art Gallery of Ontario.
"The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards program provides a unique opportunity
to build awareness of the environmental and economic savings that come
with having a more energy efficient home," says Kaz Flinn, Vice
President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Scotiabank. "This
year's Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards finalists demonstrated exciting
solutions that show how each of us can easily bring energy solutions
into our own homes and save money."
An independent judging panel selected the finalists from over 78
comprehensive entries, a 28% increase from the last awards. Judges
include: Valerie Becaert, Executive Director of the FQRNT/FQRSC; Thomas
Mueller, Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council; Yves
Perrier, Architect and Sustainable Building consultant; Ed Whittingham,
Executive Director of the Pembina Institute; and Tyler Hamilton,
Editor-in-Chief and associate publisher of Corporate Knights. To learn
more about the judges, visit http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/awards.
"More Canadian homeowners are looking for energy saving solutions in
response to rising costs," says Laurie Simmonds, CEO and President,
Green Living Enterprises. "Scotiabank is taking a leadership role by
recognizing businesses, innovators and students implementing and
developing energy-saving ideas that are also end-user friendly, and
hold the potential for mass adoption."
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards program is unique in its focus on public
awareness. As part of the award criteria, all awards recipients must
demonstrate capacity to generate public interest and excitement in
energy efficiency through submitted products or solutions.
The finalists are:
Category: Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award ($50,000)
Ecobee (Toronto, ON) for Home IQ - A Wi-Fi thermostat, online web portal and smart phone app that integrate
directly with Smart Meters and time-of-use electricity rates to help
people understand, manage and reduce their energy consumption without
Enerpro Systems Corp./Olympic International Agencies (North Vancouver,
BC) for SMARTFORME - An efficient and cost effective building energy system that is
integrated with advanced metering technology to measure and manage
resource consumption to serve the needs of the development industry,
municipal authorities and the real estate consumer.
Lanefab Design/Build (Vancouver, BC) for Net-Positive Urban Infill,
laneway houses - Integrated design and construction of small scale fully independent
homes with energy efficiency, design quality, and
scalable-sustainability, while adding density to neighbourhoods and
preserving existing community homes.
Category: Scotiabank EcoLiving Innovators Award ($15,000)
CircuitMeter Inc. (Ajax, ON) for CircuitMeter Residential Sub-metering
Technology - A simple and affordable sub-metering system that identifies energy
waste, operational anomalies, and off-spec behaviour of equipment, to
drive down energy costs by 27-34% in non metered multi-residential
buildings, and save provincial terawatt-hours annually.
Quinzee (Toronto, ON) - A web and mobile application that is gamifying and socializing energy
use and enabling Ontarians with smart meters to be smarter homeowners.
Utilizing consumer social benchmarking as a motivator for influencing
efficient energy choices and behaviours consumers can easily track and
compare energy use free of charge.
Toronto Atmospheric Fund (Toronto, ON) for Energy Saving Performance
Agreement - A customized non-debt financing product for building owners to
demonstrate the viability of earning both financial and greenhouse gas
reduction return on energy efficiency investments.
Category: Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award ($10,000)
Benjamin Gillies (Winnipeg, MB) for FAACE Apartment Complex - FAACE (Functional, Affordable, Attractive, Compact and Efficient)
Apartment Complex is a prototype for a new apartment complex that uses
the best in modern design and furnishing innovation to provide more
compact and efficient apartments that offer functionality,
attractiveness and the ability to reduce each occupant's carbon
footprint in a number of significant ways.
McGill University (Montreal, QC) for The McGill Energy Project - A collaboration of students, faculty, and staff that combined research,
innovative technologies and team work to create targeted savings in
residence buildings, laboratories, and in heat and water networks to
reduce McGill's 20 million dollar annual energy bill.
Universite de Montreal, Faculte de l'amenagement, Ecole de design
industriel (Montreal, QC) for Boltzmann Residential Energy Storage - A thermodynamic water heater designed to be operated in synergy with a
split system air conditioner that provides an ingenious energy recovery
system that allows for a significant reduction and levelling of
Along with the award incentives, winners of the 2013 Scotiabank
EcoLiving Awards will receive an inspiring sculpture created by
award-winning goldsmith, crystal artist and designer Mark Raynes
About the Scotiabank EcoLiving Program
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Program launched in June 2010. The website, www.scotiabank.com/ecoliving, is a unique online consumer resource that provides home greening
options together with government rebate and financial savings
information all in one place - providing an easy-to-use resource for
Canadians to learn about, plan and compare green home improvement
options. The website includes project planning tools and a financial
calculator to allow visitors to compare products and rebates, plan and
finance their projects and see the savings that can result from each
energy efficient renovation. The EcoLiving magazine is available twice
yearly in Scotiabank branches and the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards
recognize innovation in residential energy efficiency.
About Green Living Enterprises - Green Living Enterprises is Canada's leading cause-marketing agency
focused on social and environmental program development. Our team is
led by award-winning industry experts in the fields of brand and
program development, custom content, advertising, marketing and
communications, and event management. Green Living Enterprises also
includes Greenlivingonline.com and The Green Living Show, Canada's
largest consumer show, dedicated to easy and simple solutions for
leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
For information on the awards, finalists, judging panel, and the gala
awards ceremony visit Scotiabank's EcoLiving website http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/awards.
The first EcoLiving Awards were presented in 2011 to winners from across
Canada. Learn more about their solutions and progress at http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/articles/where-are-they-now.
For further information:
Annette Borger, Green Living Enterprises, 416-988-7086, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadine Jahangir, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-933-2927, email@example.com.