Mason Homes, Tridel are "Green" builders of the year



    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - The inaugural winners of the newly established
green builder of the year awards presented by the home building industry and
land development association (GTHBA-UDI) are Mason Homes in the low-rise
sector and Tridel in the high-rise sector.
    The association established the green builder of the year awards as part
of an overall commitment to promote sustainable development and green building
practices. The awards are intended not only to recognize the outstanding
accomplishments of the leading home builders, but to inspire other builders to
take action as well.
    It's absolutely fitting that Mason Homes and Tridel have won because they
have both been pioneers in the field," said association chief executive
officer Stephen Dupuis. "While the companies are as different as the product
they build, they were both very early adopters of green building technologies,
materials and processes," said Dupuis.

    Mason Homes (www.masonhomes.ca)
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    In business for over 45 years, Mason Homes was a green builder long
before it was fashionable. Gord Mason has always held a deep-rooted conserver
philosophy which his son Sean has taken to heart and built-upon to make Mason
Homes a truly green builder.
    Mason Homes has built nearly 300 EnerGuide-rated houses and 100 Energy
Star homes since mid-2005, including delivering the first Energy Star home to
be occupied in Canada. Mason was the first builder to make to make Energy Star
standard on all sites.
    Mason's Energy Star homes are best in class and save up to 40 per cent on
heating/cooling utility bills and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas
emissions by 2-3 tonnes per home.

    Tridel (www.naturallybetter.ca)
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    Tridel's green track-record goes back to the launch of its first green
building, called Element, in 2003. Element is the first residential building
to use Toronto's Enwave deep lake (Ontario) cooling system. In Markham,
Tridel's Circa building is the first residential building in Canada with
heating and cooling supplied by the EcoLogo certified district energy system.
    Since 2003, Tridel has launched seven communities that are candidates for
LEED certification with plans to launch five more in 2007. Tridel will also be
pursuing the LEED for Neighbourhood Development rating at its Metrogate
community in Scarborough
    All of Tridel's buildings feature high-efficiency boilers, Energy Star
appliances, compact fluorescent lighting in common areas and halls, low
off-gassing paints, coatings and carpets, individual suite electricity
metering, low-flow, high-pressure faucets and shower heads and
high-performance dual-flush toilets, among many other green features.

    "We congratulate Mason Homes and Tridel on their environmental
leadership. The bar has now been set and we look forward to a healthy annual
competition for these awards, with the environment and home buyers being the
ultimate winners," Dupuis concluded.

    With more than 1,500 members, GTHBA-UDI, formed through the merger of the
Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development
Institute/Ontario is the voice of the residential land development, home
building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. We
are proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders'
Associations.




For further information:

For further information: Suzanna Cohen, Director of Communications,
(416) 391-3450 or (416) 453-3214, communications@gthba.ca; Stephen Dupuis,
Chief Executive Officer, (416) 391-3453 or (416) 948-8654, sdupuis@gthba.ca

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