Newmarket wins prestigious sustainability award

Newmarket recognized nationally for environmental subdivision

NEWMARKET, ON, June 2 /CNW/ - On Saturday, May 29, the Town of Newmarket received a CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Newmarket was recognized for the Town's 34-lot subdivision of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum homes.

"This project was a big step forward in the environmental sustainability and preservation of our community and we are thrilled to be recognized on a national scale," says Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen.

Newmarket's EcoLogic subdivision is the first subdivision in Canada to build each individual home to LEED Platinum standards. These homes have received LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council. Some of the advanced green features include rainwater collection to flush toilets and irrigate gardens, super insulation levels, draft-proofing, heat recovery for ventilation and drain water, high efficiency appliances and lighting, ultra low flow fixtures, sustainable harvested wood throughout, low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) finishes, and solar panels for space and hot water heating.

"We hope that this project demonstrates that green building is possible in conventional neighbourhoods and that moving forward this becomes the norm rather than the exception," says Vince Naccarato of Rodeo Fine Homes.

In order to lead the way for other municipalities and developers that are interested in creating this type of environmentally sustainable housing, a detailed manual has been created which outlines the steps that were taken to develop these innovative homes. The manual can be obtained by contacting the Town's Building Department at 905-895-5193.

Optimally located in the heart of York Region, just 30 minutes north of the City of Toronto, Newmarket is part of an internationally significant community where opportunities abound. This vibrant family-friendly community boasts a population of more than 84,000 and offers a unique balance of big-city conveniences and small-town charm. Its harmonious blend of beautiful historic Main Street shops, modern shopping amenities and environmental leadership continue to attract thousands to Newmarket annually.

Newmarket's FCM Award video

SOURCE Town of Newmarket

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Amber Harrison, Senior Communications Specialist, Tel: (905) 953-5300, ext. 2046, Email: aharrison@newmarket.ca, Web: www.newmarket.ca

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