Ontario Construction News staff writer
EnerQuality Awards were presented at a virtual ceremony recently.
“We are proud to bring together our family of high-performance homebuilders again this year and share our community’s transformational results,” said Rose Benedetto, managing director of EnerQuality.
“Despite the pressures of our time, the industry reaffirmed their intention to continue to build better and certify new homes. These homes deliver substantial energy and cost savings to Ontario homeowners and climate benefits for Ontario communities.”
This year’s EQ Awards also served as a catalyst for the industry to “collectively take action”. Attendees of the EQ Awards raised $4,925 for Second Harvest — enough to provide nearly 10,000 meals to their agencies.
Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest, the EQ Awards’ new Charitable Partner, provided remarks on how Canada’s largest food rescue organization is working to expand services to the country’s most vulnerable — a situation made worse by COVID-19.
Toronto-based developer Times Group Corporation took the virtual stage to share why they provided support to Second Harvest earlier this year. EnerQuality challenged builders to support Second Harvest through a donation campaign. The campaign will formally end Monday, October 12, 2020 which happens to be Thanksgiving.
Guests included Ruth Talbot, director of the buildings and industry division, Natural Resources Canada, who congratulated members of the ENERGY STAR®® multifamily steering committee for input and support of the ENERGY STAR® Multifamily High-Rise (New Construction) pilot program. EnerQuality has enrolled 16 buildings and 2,583 units in the program with more to come.
Together, more than 250 building professionals watched the awards following a virtual networking lounge focussed on topics related to housing sparked by the pandemic, including:
- With the rapid transition to work from home, will our cities continue to intensify or will technology, work from home and school from home grow the demand for larger and more remote dwellings?
- As transportation changes vehicles from fuel to battery to driverless to “as a service”, how long
will every home need a garage and what will we do with the extra space?
- Will technology adoption and innovation improve the ways the new home industry works together and collaborates in designing, selling and constructing new homes and improve the speed of delivery of new housing supply?
Best Green Marketing Campaign
Acorn Developments – Net Zero Ready Showcase Home
Jennifer Weatherston, Claxton + Marsh
Building Innovation – Low
Great Gulf – Active House
Building Innovation – High-Rise
Minto Communities Canada – Minto Yorkville Park
Champion of the Year
Roy Nandram, RND Construction Ltd.
Energy Advisor of the Year
Sacha Klein, A&J Energy Consultants
EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes – Large Volume Builder
EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes – Mid Volume Builder
Doug Tarry Homes Ltd.
EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes – Small/Custom Builder
Terra View Custom Homes Ltd.
Green Renovation Project of the Year
Steve Snider Construction – Lakeview Farm
HBA of the Year
Greater Ottawa HBA
Licensed Professional of the Year
Luka Matutinovic, Purpose Building Inc.
Net Zero Builder
Claxton + Marsh
Ontario Green Builder of the Year – Low-Rise
Ontario Green Builder of the Year Mid or High-Rise
FRAM + Slokker
Product Innovation – Low-Rise (OBC Part 9)
DAVESDUCTS – Aeroseal
Product Innovation – High-Rise (OBC Part 3)
Owens Corning Canada – Thermafiber® RainBarrier® ci High Compressive Mineral Wool Insulation
People’s Choice Award
EnerQuality Leader of the Year Award
EnerQuality Impact Award
Enbridge Savings by Design Affordable Housing Award
Redwood Park Communities
Enbridge Savings by Design Commercial Award
Enbridge Savings by Design Residential Award
Enbridge Optimum Home Award
Doug Tarry Homes Ltd.
Industry Partner of the Year
Owens Corning Canada
EnerQuality Hall of Fame Award
Doug Tarry, Jr.