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Winners of Ontario’s EnerQuality Awards announced

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The folks behind the ENERGY STAR rating system honour their contractor partners

Press Release from EnerQuality

TORONTO – February 28, 2019.    The change-makers in the Ontario building industry gathered at the Toronto Marriott Markham yesterday for the 2018 EQ Awards. Together, the 250 guests, including Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, celebrated 20 years of EnerQuality along with the accomplishments of its leaders with the official announcement of the award winners.

“It speaks volumes to see how the longevity of EnerQuality and our certifications like ENERGY STAR have continued to remain relevant and grow in impact over the years,” say Corey McBurney, President of EnerQuality. “The 2018 EQ Awards allowed the industry to celebrate where we have come from and spotlight the pioneers who are joining forces to carve a new path for the future with programs such as our ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise certification.”

“The People’s Choice Award was an amazing new addition to the Awards, allowing us to involve the greater community in both recognizing and selecting the winner,” says Shannon Bertuzzi, Vice President of Market Development at EnerQuality. “Our certifications are voluntary investments by our builders. EnerQuality is committed to ensuring the greater public is aware of the investment these builders are making for the sustainability of these communities.”


The EQ Awards were enjoyed by all and featured special designations to highlight the outstanding contributions of industry leaders including…

2018 Hall of Fame – Sean Mason, President of Sean Mason Homes

EnerQuality is proud to announce Sean Mason as the 2018 Hall of Fame recipient. Sean has been a dedicated proponent of ENERGY STAR® for New Homes since the very first days. From 2002-2013, he encouraged green building and land initiatives at Mason Homes, when they were among the first three builders in Canada to participate in and certify with the then-new ENERGY STAR program, and the first in Canada to make ENERGY STAR their standard. Since he started in 2013, the company has won numerous awards, including BILD’s Green Builder of the Year in 2015, and EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR Builder (Small Volume) in 2018. He has also been a finalist in BILD’s Places to Grow Project of the Year and People’s Choice Project of the Year, and BILD’s Best Low Rise Project (Built Category). At , ENERGY STAR is their standard offering, certifying 100% of their homes. Sean’s stamp has been on more than 1,000 ENERGY STAR homes in the last decade.

Said Sean Mason, president of Sean Mason Homes: “ is about building modern, healthier and more affordable green homes in a sustainable community, allowing residents to connect with their neighbours in a meaningful way. The platform EnerQuality has provided with ENERGY STAR has allowed us to prove our commitment to our homeowners through a trusted third-party certifications.”

Impact Award 2018 – Tamarack Homes

Tamarack Homes is honoured to receive the EnerQuality 2019 Impact Award for making significant long-term voluntary progress in reducing carbon emissions and showing outstanding achievements through energy efficiency and sustainable practices. From its beginnings more than 70 years ago, Tamarack Homes has strived for the highest quality in construction and customer service by pursuing materials and technology that would become industry standards.Thirteen years ago, with the launch of a brand-new Ottawa community called Jackson Trails, Tamarack certified its first ENERGY STAR home. Impressed with the results, Tamarack Homes committed the entire community to the new standard, a first for the entire region. Today, every home Tamarack builds carries the ENERGY STAR certification.

Said Chris Taggert, vice president of Tamarack Homes: “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication to sustainability in the home-building industry. The EnerQuality Impact Award symbolizes the commitment we make every day to prioritizing families, communities, and the environment.”


Builder Achievement: Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Building Innovation, Low-Rise: RND Construction

Building Innovation, Mid/High Rise: Times Group

Energy Advisor: Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.

ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder (Small Volume): Lucchetta Homes

ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder (Mid Volume): Doug Tarry Custom Homes

ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder (Large Volume): Minto Communities

ENERGY STAR® Champion: JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Group

Green Marketing Campaign (Print): Sifton Properties

Green Marketing Campaign (Other): Great Gulf

Leader of the Year: Roya Khaleeli, Minto Communities

Net Zero Builder: Reid’s Heritage Homes

Ontario Green Builder: Sifton Properties

Product Innovation: AeroBarrier

Industry Partner Award: Unbridle Gas Distribution, Owens Corning, Union Gas

People’s Choice: Acorn Developments


Enbridge Affordable Housing Award: Toronto Community Housing

Enbridge Savings By Design Award (Residential): Briarwood Development Group

Enbridge Savings By Design Award (Commercial): Times Group

Union Gas Optimum Home Award: Hilden Homes



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