Minto Group Inc. named OHBA's 2008 Green Builder of the Year



    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minto Group was named the 2008 Green
Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builders Association at a ceremony in
Collingwood, Ontario last week. Minto is one of Ontario's largest builders of
low-rise and high-rise residential buildings, in Ottawa and the Greater
Toronto Area. The award is given annually to the builder that is deemed to
have done the most to protect our planet.
    Builders were judged on consumer education, environmentally building
designs and techniques, green leadership in the residential construction
industry, waste management strategies, community service and more. Since the
1990s, Minto has been continually striving to offer green choices to
homebuyers, including certifying homes with industry labels like ENERGY
STAR(R), LEED(R), and EQuilibrium(TM) / Net Zero. Minto's green leadership
extends beyond the residences they build to a commitment to greening the
company as well.
    Minto has pushed the boundaries of its green commitment by beginning a
process to green the company itself. Andrew Pride, Vice President of the Minto
Green Team, puts it succinctly, "At Minto, we believe that to be a leading
green builder, you also need to be a green business, so we are actively
working on staff engagement, consumer education, and measuring and lowering
our environmental impact across the board."
    Minto has begun a continuous process of engaging suppliers, trades,
residents, staff, and the public to empower and celebrate sustainable
practices and greener choices. Under the banner Thinking Green...Living
Greener(TM), Minto is re-engineering the way it does business. This includes a
quest for pragmatic solutions to achieve healthier, low-energy buildings, and
moving towards a zero-waste business model.
    Since 2003, Minto has offered its detached single family homebuyers an
upgrade package to the ENERGY STAR(R) for New Homes certification, and
recently committed to building all of its detached homes to this standard
going forward. In 2005, Minto completed the first high-rise multi-residential
building to be LEED(R) Canada certified and subsequently committed that all
its high-rise communities from then on would be designed to achieve a LEED
rating.
    In 2007 Minto was selected by CMHC to build one of 12 EQuilibrium(TM)
demonstration homes; these are homes that produce as much energy as they use
on an annual basis. Called Inspiration -- the Minto ecohome, it is now open to
the public to visit on-line or in person in the Ottawa community of Manotick
(www.minto.com/ecohome).
    Minto is the first builder in Canada to begin a comprehensive, open, and
systematic corporate greening strategy. Over all Minto calculates that every
year its building and internal greening initiatives reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 20,000 tonnes, save 23,000 Olympic-sized pools of water, and save
enough electricity to power 900 typical Ontario homes.

    Minto Group Inc. is a family owned real estate development, construction
and management company with operations in Ottawa, Toronto, and Florida. The
company currently manages more than 14,000 residential rental homes and
apartments in Ottawa and Toronto and carries a commercial portfolio of more
than 2 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space. Minto
provides quality residential and commercial accommodations to satisfy the
needs of the marketplace as well support and enhance the growth and well being
of the communities in which it operates. Since 1955, Minto has built more than
67,000 new homes.




For further information:

For further information: Andrew Pride, VP, Minto Green Team, (416)
913-2077, green@minto.com; www.minto.com

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