Minto selected as building partner for NRCan’s net-zero energy housing project
May 15, 2013 - The Minto Group—an Ottawa-based real estate, development, construction and property management company—says it has been selected as one of five building partners in Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), led by Owens Corning Canada.
By Anthony Capkun
With ecoEII financial support, Minto will work with residential experts in building science and energy efficiency to plan, design and construct five net-zero energy homes, thereby advancing NRCan’s research into net-zero communities. (See Minto’s VIDEO below)
The idea of a net-zero home is that it employs enhanced energy efficiency design strategies to cost-effectively reduce energy needs while supplementing with renewable energy technologies. The result is a building that consumes the same or less energy than it produces on an annually.
Minto’s research will focus on cost-effectiveness, affordability and the feasibility of developing home energy efficiency packages that are attractive to purchasers.
“This is an exciting project that builds on our past experience and will inform our product development for the next few years, ensuring that we continue to deliver quality, thoughtfully designed, highly energy-efficient homes for our customers,” said Alison Minato, vice-president sustainability at The Minto Group.