2018 EnerQuality (EQ) Awards recognize leaders in energy efficiency for their contributions and impact

2018 EQ winners
The 2018 EQ Award winners

EnerQuality recognized several builders for their contributions to energy efficiency at the group’s annual awards event on Feb. 28, which also celebrated the program’s twentieth anniversary.

“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 time,” EnerQuality president Corey McBurney said in a statement after the awards gala that attracted 250 people to a Markham hotel. “The 2018 EQ awards allowed the industry to celebrate where we have come from and spotlight the pioneers who are joining forces to create a new path for the future with programs such as our ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise certification.”

Toronto-based Acorn Developments won the new People’s Choice Award, with more than 1,000 votes cast.

The popular choice vote “was an amazing new addition to the awards, allowing us to involve the greater community in both recognizing and selecting the winner,” said Shannon Bertuzzi, EnerQuality’s vice-president of market development. “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.”

Sean Mason, president of Sean Mason Homes who won the 2018 Hall of Fame recognition.

His business was among the first three ENERGY STAR participants and the first to make it a standard – and has since then built more than 1,000 certified homes.

“Sean.ca 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,” he said in a statement. “The platform EnerQuality has provided with Energy Star has allowed us to prove our commitment to our homebuilders through trusted third-party certifications.”

Ottawa-based Tamarack Homes received 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.

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

Other 2018 EQ award winners include:

  • 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: JoAnnDiCarlo, 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 Awards: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Owens Corning and Union Gas

Partner awards

  • 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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