Benefits of Green Features

Learn about Minto’s high-performance features and the benefits to our customers.

Scroll down for comprehensive descriptions, diagrams and benefits.

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Our homes offer advanced features that reduce water and energy use without impacting comfort or performance, delivering real-dollar saving year-after-year.

Health

Health

We understand the importance of your wellbeing. These features help make your home a healthier place to live.



Comfort

Comfort

Our high performance windows and walls protect you from the elements keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. These features help soothe your senses ensuring your home is a comfortable and relaxing place to be.

Community

Community

It’s not just about what’s inside your four walls. Living in a connected community with real walkability and plenty of green space offers more ways to meet with family and neighbours and promotes a sense of belonging.

List of Features
“All-off” Switch
All-Off Switch

Connected to your hard wired lighting and select “green plug” outlets, this convenient switch makes it easy to turn off a number of devices at once—reducing energy consumption and phantom loads.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR)
Drain Water Heat Recovery

Your maintenance-free, drain water heat recovery system captures thermal energy from water going down the drain and transfers it to fresh cold water. A copper coil with high thermal conductivity wraps the drainpipe and enables the heat transfer process while keeping the two streams separate. The cold water entering the hot water tank is approximately 12-14 degrees warmer than it would have been otherwise, dramatically cutting water heating costs and energy consumption in your home.

Drain water heat recovery unit diagram

 

PDF downloadDownload the Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) Unit info sheet.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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ENERGY STAR® Appliance(s)
Energy Star Homes

Save money and use up to 30% less energy with these more efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances. More information on Minto and ENERGY STAR®.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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Enhanced Insulation
Enhanced Insulation

Rarely found in conventionally constructed homes, this extra inch of rigid insulation helps you stay comfortable in every season and reap the savings.

Thermal bridging causes heat loss from your home through wood studs in your walls. The exterior rigid insulation wraps the entire home and reduces the effects of thermal bridging. This results in a superior effective R-value of R-25 compared with R-20 in a wall without the enhanced insulation.

Enhanced insulation diagram

 

PDF download Download the Enhanced insulation info sheet.

Benefits:
Cost SavingsComfort

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Green Label® Carpets
Green Label Carpets

These Green Label® carpets ensure fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air, allowing you and your family to breathe easy.For more information, visit The Carpet and Rug Institute.

Benefits:
HealthComfort

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Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)
Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

This piece of equipment acts as the lungs of your home. Today’s homes are built to be less drafty than in the past and while this means improved comfort, it also means less fresh air in your home, unless of course you have an HRV. The HRV introduces fresh air that gets distributed throughout the home and captures energy from exhaust air to reduce your heating and cooling costs. This provides superior indoor air quality and helps save you money.

Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

 

PDF downloadDownload the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) info sheet.

Benefits:
Cost SavingsHealthComfort

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High Performance Windows
High Performance Windows

ENERGY STAR® windows work by reflecting heat back to the source - helping maintain a consistent temperature in the room and save on the energy needed to heat or cool your home.

Benefits:
Cost SavingsComfort

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Individual Metering – High Rise Buildings
Invidual Metering

Only pay for what you use. Individual meters measure how much electricity, water and gas you use each month – when you conserve, you save!

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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LED Lighting
LED Lighting

LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lights save you money by using less energy and lasting far longer than compact fluorescent lighting and halogen bulbs.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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Low Emitting Paints and Finishes
Low Emitting Paints and Finishes

Minto carefully selects the paints, adhesives and finishes in your home to have either low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This ensures your home has good indoor air quality, and is a healthy place for you to live from the day you move in. Cleaner air helps you breathe easier.

Benefits:
Health

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Low-flow Showerheads
Low-flow showerheads

Through its special design, this water efficient showerhead prevents the use of excess water while providing just the right amount of water to be effective.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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NEST® Thermostat
NEST Thermostat

This clever thermostat will create a personalized schedule based on your heating and cooling habits and can be adjusted from your smart phone – simplifying your life and saving you money.

Benefits:
Cost SavingsComfort

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Programmable Thermostat
Programmable Thermostat

Whether you are sleeping or relaxing at home this thermostat adjusts to provide the most comfortable temperature based on your schedule, and when you are not at home the thermostat can be set back to save money on heating and cooling

Benefits:
Cost SavingsComfort

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Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting

Rainwater is collected from roof and stored in a cistern for future use by the irrigation system. Watering plants with harvested rainwater instead of drinking water helps saves money.

Rainwater harvesting

 

PDF downloadDownload the Rainwater harvesting info sheet.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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Ultra high-efficiency toilets
Ultra high-efficienty toilets

These specially designed toilets provide superior flushing performance but only use three litres of water per flush.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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Third Party Certification
Third Party Certification

In addition to its commitment to designing and constructing better performing buildings and homes, Minto chooses to have industry experts review the design and construction. By achieving industry accepted standards for superior quality and performance such as LEED and ENERGY STAR®, we ensure that we aren’t just building better homes, we are also building peace of mind.

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Visit the Canada Green Building Council and Natural Resources Canada for more information.

Benefits:
Cost SavingsHealthComfortCommunity

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Water Efficient Faucets
Water efficient faucets

Why pour your money down the drain? These high performance faucets deliver the water you need without wasting a drop.

Benefits:
Cost Savings

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