Toronto's first new green apartment building Minto Roehampton - Now open!

    Mayor David Miller Celebrates Eco-tecture at its Best In Mid-Town Toronto

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - Yonge and Eglinton is now home to Toronto's first
Green apartment building where today, Mayor David Miller marked the official
opening of Minto Roehampton with a tree-planting ceremony.
    Centrally located, Minto Roehampton is a 16-storey sustainable rental
building, designed and built to embrace healthy living, promote energy savings
and sustainability and protect the environment.
    Minto's sustainability commitment is far-reaching but more importantly it
is validated. Minto Roehampton is a LEED(R)-Canada candidate for Gold
Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), to be
independently reviewed by the Canada Green Building Council's vigorous rating
system. In 2005, Minto committed to designing and building all Minto's high
rise communities as LEED(R) rated buildings. Radiance@MintoGardens, located in
North York, is the first LEED(R)-Canada certified condominium in the country.
For new detached single-family homes, Minto offers ENERGY STAR(TM) rated
    Minto has also been selected among the very best in the country to
construct an environmentally-friendly home as part of the CMHC Equilibrium
Housing Initiative. The home, Minto Inspiration(TM) will deliver on the goal
of the CMHC Initiative to create healthy, energy-efficient housing that
produces as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis.
    "Minto's approach is to put our customers and the environment first.
That's why we built Minto Roehampton to meet the LEED gold criteria and that's
why our goal is to build all our future apartments and condominiums to the
LEED standard of design and construction," said Alan Greenberg, President,
MintoUrban Communities Inc.
    Completed in 2007, the 148-suite building is currently over 80 percent
occupied. Available suites range in size from 510 sq. ft. to 878 sq. ft.,
starting from $1450/month. Furnished suites are also available.
    "Through healthy-living building practices, LEED buildings provide better
air quality and a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment for
residents," said Andrew Pride, Vice-President of Minto Energy Management.
    Minto energy innovations are unique and extensive, reducing overall
consumption by over 35% compared to code. The MintoInspired HRV (heat recovery
ventilation), delivers fresh, filtered air to each suite and circulates fresh
healthy air throughout the suites for improved ventilation and living comfort.
The energy-saving "All off Switch" turns off all ceiling lights and exhaust
fans with the flick of one switch.
    Minto Roehampton is the only new multi-residential building of its kind
to utilize renewable passive solar energy to preheat fresh corridor air. Other
environmental benefits include reduction of greenhouse gas production;
rainwater harvesting; low flow showerheads and dual flush toilets; energy
efficient appliances; motion sensor controls on common area lighting; compact
fluorescent lighting; ease of use of public transit by being located close to
the subway line; and the installation of a tri-sorter recycling chute on all
floors. In addition, Minto Roehampton's electricity consumption is reduced
overall because of Minto's corporate initiative to upgrade electricity
generated in the building to wind power certificates.
    Minto has seen results that are clear and measurable in their other new
developments - waste diversion rates exceed 70% due to innovative and
convenient multi-stream waste systems, over 50% less water being consumed than
a typical new building (saving 30,000,000 litres of water annually), and Minto
Roehampton has met and in many instances exceeded the City of Toronto
Development Standards.
    The construction of the building involved a rigorous construction waste
management program which more than doubled the Toronto Green Standard for
local material use. Minto has diverted over 90% of construction waste from
landfills exceeding the Development Standard target of 75%. Over 40% of
materials used were locally harvested, manufactured and/or supplied within
800 km of the site.

    Minto is the recipient of the 2007 Canadian Urban Institute's City
Livability Award presented by the Canadian Urban Institute. The Urban
Leadership Awards honour outstanding individuals and corporations that have
made contributions to the quality of urban life in creating more liveable
urban spaces.
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    Note: jpegs of Minto Roehampton are available by contacting

For further information:

For further information: David Eisenstadt, Beth Merrick, The
Communications Group Inc., (416) 696-9900,,; John Stang, MintoUrban Communities Inc., (416) 977-0777,; Andrew Pride, Minto Energy Management, (416) 913-2077,

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