Inspiration - the Minto EcoHome – an EQuilibrium Housing Initiative
February 13, 2007
Minto has been selected by CMHC as one of 12 companies out of 72 entries to participate in their EQuilibrium Housing Initiative – the next generation of energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. The goal of the initiative is to create healthy, energy-efficient housing that produces as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis.
For over 50 years, Minto has been dedicated to building a sustainable future for generations of families. Taking a proactive approach to corporate responsibility, Minto’s commitment to energy efficiency and green-building practices was demonstrated in the 1970s — decades ahead of competing Canadian residential builders and developers — when the company created its Energy-Wise standard of new-home construction. In 1992, Minto built the Innova House for Natural Resources Canada which showcased leading edge technologies. This led to Minto becoming the largest production builder to offer R-2000 homes.
Today, Minto’s sustainability commitment reaches greater heights with the first LEED®-Canada certified condominium, Radiance@MintoGardens. In 2005, Minto committed to designing and building all of Minto’s high rise communities as LEED® rated buildings. For new detached single-family homes, Minto offers ENERGY STAR™ ratings on all homes.
In 2007, Minto will begin construction on the EQuilibrium Housing Initiative – Inspiration - the Minto EcoHome. This innovative, energy-efficient single family home will be located in the village of Manotick, a picturesque community in the south-end of Ottawa, Ontario. Attractive, affordable and environmentally friendly, Inspiration - the Minto EcoHome, will prove that homeowners can enjoy healthy living without compromising comfort, style – or their budget.
Minto is also pleased to announce that all of the over 2000 homes to be built in the new Manotick community will be ENERGY STAR™ rated – as a minimum. This will be one of the largest energy efficient communities in Canada.
Mark your calendars, as Inspiration - the Minto EcoHome, will be opening its doors to the public in 2008. Interactive displays, information pieces, and live tours will guide visitors through the features and benefits of real-world sustainable living.
|For more information contact:
Andrew Pride, P.Eng, LEED® A.P.
Inspiration - the Minto EcoHome – Sustainability Benefits
Lower cost of home ownership
- Double wall construction, with high level of insulation and triple-glazed insulated windows, contribute to a design that is 55% more efficient than typical new homes
- Water consumption reduced by over 70% compared to the average home
- Architecturally designed window locations optimize the sun exposure to heat the home in the winter while roof-lines provide shade in the summer to keep the house cool
- Uses solar power to generate as much energy as is consumed each year
Empowerment and Convenience
- Convenient energy savings features including “All-Off” switch at the entry that turns off all lights and selected “green plugs” located throughout the house
- Rain water collection system provides free water for toilets as well as the home’s outdoor watering needs
- Recycling centre in the kitchen and garage for easy access and disposal of recyclable goods
- Allergens are kept down to a minimum with the use of enhanced air filtering and the elimination of carpets
- Filtered fresh solar heated air is distributed throughout the home by a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) system
- Home is constructed using low toxicity paints and glues
- Flexible floor plans allow for home design that fit the home-owners needs today and for the future. Additional bedrooms, or home offices are easily accommodated
Other Sustainability Features
- Rapidly renewable resources, such as bamboo flooring used throughout the home
- Incoming water filtration system
- Green House Gas emissions are eliminated as the home generates as much clean renewable energy as it consumes annually