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Tridel honoured by industry for innovation in green building

Tridel has been given the home building industry’s newest award for sustainable building. At a gala presentation earlier this month, Tridel, Toronto’s oldest and largest condominium builder, accepted the inaugural award for Building Innovation–Mid and High Rise. The award recognizes technical excellence in energy-efficient and green building practices. The award, along with eleven others, was given by EnerQuality (EQ), a partnership between the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.

The awards, which celebrate innovation in green building and residential construction, were given in conjunction with an EQ forum on innovation in the housing industry. This year’s day-long event included sessions on pending changes in the Ontario Building Code, the future of Net Zero homes, from the builders’ perspective, and a keynote session on the low-carbon economy.

Billed as a “Dragon’s Den” type of pitch session for builders, the EQ Innovation Gauntlet returned for its second year. Innovators pitch their green building solutions to an “all-star” panel, who ask the tough questions. This year’s Innovation Gauntlet panel included Subhi Alsayed, the innovation manager for Tridel and Director of Projects, Tower Labs; Brendan Charters, Development Manager, Eurodale; and Hoe Waring, VP Strategic Sourcing, Mattamy Homes. The moderator was Gord Cooke, President, Building Knowledge Canada.

Attendees can vote for the most innovative product, which receives the Most Innovative Product Advancing Building Performance award. The winner of this year’s Innovation Gauntlet was LiteBLOK from LiteBuilt, an Australian company that specializes in lightweight concrete products.

Other featured products and Innovation Gauntlet finalists were:

  • Advanta-Form from Integrated Concrete Forming Ltd
  • Acoustic Flooring System from Owens Corning and Lafarge
  • Recover Stream from Recover Water Tech Inc
  • Solar Electric DHW System from Solar Ontario

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The Minto Group: Ontario Green Builder of the Year

Tridel: Building Innovation (Mid and High Rise)

Reid’s Heritage Homes: Building Innovation (Low Rise)

Mattamy Homes: ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder of the Year (Large Volume)

Midhaven Homes: ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder of the Year (Mid Volume)

Jeffery Homes: ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder of the Year (Small/Custom)

Reid’s Heritage Homes: Net Zero Builder of the Year

Reid’s Heritage Homes: Best Green Marketing Campaign of the Year

4syte Design Build: Best Green Renovation Project of the Year

John Corvinelli: ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Champion of the Year

Stephen Magneron: Evaluator of the Year

RND Construction: R-2000 Builder of the Year

Andy Goyda: Hall of Fame

Sonja Winkelmann: EQ Leader of the Year

Union Gas, Owens Corning Canada, Enbridge Gas Distribution:EQ Industry Partners of the Year

Fernbrook Homes: Enbridge Savings by Design Award

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