EnerQuality announces its 90,000th ENERGY STAR labelled home and finalists for first virtual EQ Awards

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Ontario Construction News

EnerQuality says it has labelled the 90,000th home to the ENERGY STAR for New Homes standard. The organization says it will celebrate the milestone, as well as achievements of building leaders and innovators through its first Virtual EQ Awards on Sept. 22.

Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, will deliver opening remarks to share his outlook on the industry and to congratulate the winners.

“I am proud to be a part of this event and recognize the builders, energy advisors, and manufacturers who have chosen to participate in EnerQuality’s certifications and reduce their carbon footprint,” Yurek said in a statement.

“As committed to in our Made-in-Ontario Environmental Plan, our government is working to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions and helping communities and families prepare for the effects of our changing climate. When looking ahead on what it will take to create healthier communities, becoming energy certified is a significant action that each company can take to do their part to help reach this collective goal.”

EnerQuality has been operating its programs since 1998. In 2005, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) partnered with EnerQuality to develop and pilot the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program before a nationwide rollout.

“To label 90,000 homes is an astounding feat considering the homes must meet strict energy performance standards and be third-party validated,” EnerQuality says in its statement. “EnerQuality is now doing the same with the ENERGY STAR Multifamily Highrise program. Impressively, 17 builders have voluntarily opted over 2,000 units into the program to date.”

Steering committee members who helped to bring this program to life will be honoured at the awards.

EnerQuality also listed its award finalists:

2019 Hall of Fame Award

Doug Tarry will receive of the 2019 Hall of Fame Award. As the vice-president of operations for Doug Tarry Homes, a second-generation builder of Net Zero and the CHBA Net Zero Home labelling Program, Tarry has helped to raise awareness and propel energy-savings initiatives within the company and is committed to building only homes to the CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program and ENERGY STAR standards, EnerQuality says in its award citation.

“He initiated Project HOPE, a three-day Net Zero “home build” fundraising effort to help a family in need in his community. In addition, he is the founder of HOPE AGUA VITA, a fundraising effort taking volunteers to Puerto Rico to rebuild homes after Hurricane Maria.

Tarry is also the co-owner of Graphenstone Canada, an ecological paint and specialty coating company with zero VOCs and with the ability to absorb CO2. He is the past president of the Ontario Home Builder Association (OHBA), a two-time Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National Grand SAM Award Winner, the current OHBA technical committee chair, , and is part of the CHBA’s Net Zero and Technical Research Councils.

Other 2019 award categories and finalist include:

Best Green Marketing Campaign

Acorn Developments – NetZero Ready Showcase Homes Launch

Great Gulf – Active House Symposium Campaign

Molinaro Group – Illumina Burlington’s New Light

Builder Achievement

Doug Tarry – Doug Tarry Homes

Jennifer Weatherston – Claxton + Marsh

Roy Nandram – RND Construction Ltd.

Building Innovation – Low-Rise

Claxton + Marsh – Heritage Lake Estates

Great Gulf – Active House

Minto Communities Canada – Glen Agar

Building Innovation – High-Rise

Minto Communities Canada – Minto Yorkville Park

Molinaro Group – Paradigm

Tridel – Innovation Suite

Champion of the Year

Antonio Muto – Lakeview Homes

Jennifer Weatherston – Claxton + Marsh

Roy Nandram – RND Construction Ltd.

Energy Advisor of the Year

Don Buchan – Buchan, Lawton, Parent Ltd.

Mehmet Ferdiner – Building Knowledge Canada

Sacha Klein – A&J Energy Consultants

EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes – Large Volume Builder


Mattamy Homes

Minto Communities Canada

EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes – Mid Volume Builder

Acorn Developments

Doug Tarry Homes

Huron Creek Developments

EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes – Small/Custom Builder

Claxton + Marsh

Corvinelli Homes

Terra View Custom Homes Ltd.

Green Renovation Project of the Year

Eurodale Design + Build – Conscience Calling

Steve Snider Construction – Hoogers Residence

Steve Snider Construction – Lakeview Farm

HBA of the Year

Greater Ottawa HBA

Simcoe County HBA

St. Thomas Elgin HBA

Licensed Professional of the Year

Luka Matutinovic – Purpose Building Inc.

Wil Beardmore – Bluewater Energy

Net Zero Builder

Claxton + Marsh – Heritage Lake Estates

Minto Communities Canada – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Net Zero Dream Home

Terra View Custom Homes Ltd. – Hart Village

Ontario Green Builder of the Year – Low-Rise

Acorn Developments

Great Gulf

RND Construction Ltd.

Ontario Green Builder of the Year Mid or High-Rise

FRAM + Slokker

Minto Communities Canada


People’s Choice

Acorn Developments

FRAM + Slokker

Great Gulf

Minto Communities Canada

RND Construction Ltd.


Product Innovation – Low-Rise (OBC Part 9)


Greyter Water Systems – The Greyter HOME

iGEN Technologies – i2 Self Powered Heating Solution

Product Innovation – High-Rise (OBC Part 3)


Dörken Systems Inc. – DELTA – NaturaDrain

Owens Corning Canada – Thermafiber RainBarrier ci High Compressive Mineral Wool Insulation

Awards to be presented that are selected by Enbridge Gas

  • Optimum Home Award
  • Savings by Design – Affordable Housing Award
  • Savings by Design – Commercial Award
  • Savings by Design – Residential Award

Awards to be presented that are selected by EnerQuality

  • EQ Industry Partner
  • Hall of Fame
  • Impact Award
  • Leader of the Year

For more information on the EQ Awards and to register, visit www.enerquality.ca

The awards program will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., via a live video broadcast with a virtual Networking Lounge taking place prior from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Registration is free; however, guests are encouraged to donate the cost of their ticket ($29.99) to Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization helping families in need.

You can register at this link.


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