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Lanefab, Quinzee and Gillies score at 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards

June 6, 2013 - They created new types of housing, web and mobile tracking tools and innovative design—all to help show Canadians how to use less energy and save on energy bills. Three winners of the 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards were named today for their innovations in home energy efficiency, and took home $75,000 in award incentives.


June 7, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

“Scotiabank is proud to showcase the products, services and ideas of this year’s 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards winners, which show us what is possible in home energy efficiency,” said Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank’s group head of Global Wealth Management, who hosted today’s red carpet event at a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario. “They raise awareness about Canadian-made solutions and innovation, and show us that being sustainable is good for the environment, the marketplace and also for our wallets.”

The awards are a part of Scotiabank’s signature program EcoLiving, which was introduced last year to help Canadians make greener choices for their homes, reduce their energy bills and take advantage of government rebates. More information on the program is available at www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com.

More than 78 entries for the awards came from across Canada, a 28% increase from the last awards. As part of the award criteria, applicants must demonstrate capacity to generate public interest and excitement in energy efficiency through their solutions.

The Business Leadership Award, valued at $50,000, was awarded to Lanefab Design/Build in Vancouver, B.C., a company that integrated the design and construction of small-scale, fully independent homes with energy efficiency, design quality and scalable sustainability, while adding density to neighborhoods and preserving existing community homes.

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The Innovators Award valued at $15,000 was awarded to Quinzee from Toronto, Ont., a company that built a web and mobile application to enable Ontarians with smart meters to be smarter homeowners. Using consumer social benchmarking as a motivator for influencing efficient energy choices and behaviours, consumers can easily track and compare their energy use for free.

The Student Leadership Award, valued at $10,000 was awarded to Benjamin Gillies, a University of Manitoba graduate who created a prototype for the FAACE (Functional, Affordable, Attractive, Compact and Efficient) apartment complex. Featuring modern design and furnishing, the complex provides compact and efficient apartments that are functional and can reduce occupants’ carbon footprint.

PHOTO (left to right): Vancouver’s Lanefab Design/Build, Winnipeg student Benjamin Gillies and Toronto’s Quinzee named 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Award winners. Photo courtesy Sam Santos/George Pimental Photography.