Energy efficiency and Energy Star shine at 2015 EnerQuality Awards
February 20, 2015 - “Year after year, Ontario’s residential construction industry finds innovative ways to build increasingly energy-efficient homes, and they deserve recognition for their hard work,” said EnerQuality president Corey McBurney of the evening’s winners.
By Anthony Capkun
(Founded in 1998 as a partnership between the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance [CEEA] and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association [OHBA], EnerQuality’s mission is to “transform Ontario’s housing into the most energy-efficient and sustainable in the world”.)
The Minto Group (photo 1) scored three awards at the 2015 EnerQuality Awards in Toronto; among them, the Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year in the Large Volume category.
EnerQuality also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Energy Star for New Homes, a program the organization piloted in 2005. Two additional Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year awards were presented: Tamarack Homes in the Mid-Volume category and Midhaven Homes in the Small/Custom category.
The Energy Star Champion of the Year award was presented to Al Schmidt of A&J Energy Consultants, who works with builder clients to implement turnkey processes for value-added, energy-efficient construction.
Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, was inducted into the EnerQuality Hall of Fame (photo 2). This award is presented annually to an individual who, over the course of their career, has made a lasting impact on energy efficiency and green building in the housing industry. Mattamy Homes has built more than 11,000 Energy Star-qualified homes across Ontario, and was one of the first builders to enrol homes in the program.
Other award winners included:
• Building Innovation award: Doug Tarry Homes Ltd. for its Optimum Basement Wall
• Evaluator of the Year: Andrew Oding of Building Knowledge Canada
EnerQuality’s Leader of the Year award was provided to Shannon Bertuzzi of Enbridge Gas Distribution in recognition of extraordinary advocacy and leadership driving the growth of energy efficiency and green building in Ontario over the past year.
In addition, EnerQuality recognized three Industry Partners whose longstanding collaboration and sustained engagement with builders have helped promote innovation and energy efficiency in the homebuilding industry: Union Gas, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Owens Corning Canada.
Photos courtesy EnerQuality