April 27 - Mason Homes, Tridel are “Green” builders of the year

April 28, 2007

Mason Homes, Tridel are "Green" builders of the year

April 27, 2007

Toronto -- The inaugural winners of the newly established green builder of the year awards presented by the home building industry and land development association (GTHBA-UDI) are Mason Homes in the low-rise sector and Tridel in the high-rise sector.

The association established the green builder of the year awards as part of an overall commitment to promote sustainable development and green building practices. The awards are intended not only to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the leading home builders, but to inspire other builders to take action as well.

It's absolutely fitting that Mason Homes and Tridel have won because they have both been pioneers in the field," said association chief executive officer Stephen Dupuis. "While the companies are as different as the product they build, they were both very early adopters of green building technologies, materials and processes," said Dupuis.

Mason Homes (www.masonhomes.ca)

In business for over 45 years, Mason Homes was a green builder long before it was fashionable. Gord Mason has always held a deep-rooted conserver philosophy which his son Sean has taken to heart and built-upon to make Mason Homes a truly green builder.

Mason Homes has built nearly 300 EnerGuide-rated houses and 100 Energy Star homes since mid-2005, including delivering the first Energy Star home to be occupied in Canada. Mason was the first builder to make to make Energy Star standard on all sites.

Mason's Energy Star homes are best in class and save up to 40 per cent on heating/cooling utility bills and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions by 2-3 tonnes per home.

Tridel (www.naturallybetter.ca)

Tridel's green track-record goes back to the launch of its first green building, called Element, in 2003. Element is the first residential building to use Toronto's Enwave deep lake (Ontario) cooling system. In Markham, Tridel's Circa building is the first residential building in Canada with heating and cooling supplied by the EcoLogo certified district energy system.

Since 2003, Tridel has launched seven communities that are candidates for LEED certification with plans to launch five more in 2007. Tridel will also be pursuing the LEED for Neighbourhood Development rating at its Metrogate community in Scarborough

All of Tridel's buildings feature high-efficiency boilers, Energy Star appliances, compact fluorescent lighting in common areas and halls, low off-gassing paints, coatings and carpets, individual suite electricity metering, low-flow, high-pressure faucets and shower heads and high-performance dual-flush toilets, among many other green features.

 "We congratulate Mason Homes and Tridel on their environmental leadership. The bar has now been set and we look forward to a healthy annual competition for these awards, with the environment and home buyers being the ultimate winners," Dupuis concluded.

With more than 1,500 members, GTHBA-UDI, formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development Institute/Ontario is the voice of the residential land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. We are proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

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For further information:

Suzanna Cohen
Director of Communications
416-391-3450 or 416-453-3214
communications@gthba.ca

Stephen Dupuis
Chief Executive Officer
416-391-3453 or 416-948-8654
sdupuis@gthba.ca