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Great News! BSide Has Been Nominated for OHBA’s People’s Choice Award

We are celebrating here at Minto, once again! 

Bside at Minto Westside is nominated for this year’s Ontario Home Builders Association’s People’s Choice Award.

Help us win by voting – click here to cast your vote. Voting closes August 26th.

The winner will be announced at the OHBA Awards in Collingwood on September 20th.  Minto Communities is also a finalist for the 2016 Ontario Home Builder of the Year.

We’ll keep you posted on the results, and thanks in advance for your support of the most outstanding new high-rise community to come to the GTA in several years!

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Minto’s Hat Trick at the DRHBA Awards!

We are excited to announce that Minto got a hat trick at the DRHBA Awards last night, winning all 3 of the Outstanding Achievement Awards! Each year, the Durham Region Home Builders Association (DRHBA) holds the Awards of Excellence Gala to celebrate and honour creative achievement in architectural design, outstanding construction and customer service.

Minto DRHBA Builder of the Year

At the Awards Presentation Gala last night, Minto took home 3 prestigious awards: Community of the Year – Kingmeadow, Green Builder of the Year, and Builder of the Year – Large Volume.  We are so happy with this recognition! Thank you to our entire Minto team, our purchasers, and our trades for making this possible.

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Founded in 1953, the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association represents approximately 160 member companies in Durham, comprised of builder, developer, supplier, contractor and professional members representing more than 4,500 employees.

Special thanks to the DRHBA team for the exceptional honour, and for hosting such a memorable event last night!

Check us out at mintokingmeadow.com to find out more about our Kingmeadow project in North Oshawa!

Minto Snags 13 BILD Nominations!

It is that time of year again- the 36th annual BILD Award Finalists have just been announced and Minto has been nominated for 13 awards this year!

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The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) recognizes builders, developers, designers, architects, and sales & marketing professionals across the GTA for their contribution to building quality, complete communities across the region.

We have been honored to receive many awards from the BILD Association in the past and can’t wait for April 28th when the 2015 winners will be announced at their annual gala event!

Below is a picture of our super team accepting an award at last year’s BILD !

 

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Check out all the awards that we have been nominated for this year!

Best Logo (Low Rise) – Queen’s Landing

Best Non Sales Video – Minto Bside

Best Marketing Innovation – Minto Bside

Best Marketing Innovation – Minto Westside

Best Suite Design – Minto Bside: The 844

Best Innovative Suite Design – Minto Bside: the 632

Best Innovative Home Design – Oakvillage: Twilight

Best Semi Detached/Townhome Design – Oakvillage: Castlerock

Best Sales Person or Team (High Rise) – Minto Sales Team

Best Sales Person or Team (Low Rise) – Minto Sales Team

Best Sales Office (Small) – Minto Oakvillage

Best Marketing Person or Team – Minto Marketing Team

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Congratulations to our employees, trades and consultants for their dedication and contributions! And a huge thank you to the BILD Association for their recognition, support and consideration. Wish us luck and stay tuned for the results on April 28th!

We Won the EnerQuality Green Builder of the Year Award … Again!

On February 26th, The Minto Group was once again honored for its commitment to energy efficiency and creating better places through its sustainability practices at the 2015 EnerQuality Awards Gala held yesterday in Toronto. Consistent dedication to designing and building high performing, comfortable and efficient new homes for its customers earned Minto the Ontario Green Builder of the Year award marking the fourth time in five years the company has received this honor.

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“We are incredibly proud to be recognized by EnerQuality for our approach to energy efficiency and creating value for our customers through our greener design and building practices,” said Alison Minato, Vice President Sustainability, The Minto Group. “This has been an exciting year highlighted by the launch of our new Net Zero Energy home options in our Arcadia community in Kanata, and this award that underscores the concentrated efforts of everyone at Minto to create better places.” The EnerQuality award is presented annually to a builder that raises the bar from the rest of the industry through its leadership in improving the environmental, energy efficiency, and overall image of the industry. Winning two times in a row, and 4 times of the past 5 years, makes us proud and encourages us to keep the momentum growing stronger!

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Two important sustainability initiatives we demonstrated this year are the Bside Nissan Leaf S partnership promotion, and Ottawa’s Arcadia community introducing an entire block of Net Zero Homes!

Nissan Leaf Incentive: Bside Toronto

Bside at Minto Westside’s Nissan Leaf electric vehicle car promotion was definitely an attribute in this year’s EnerQuality win! This promotion offered the first 20 Bside condo purchasers, who bought a suite and a parking spot equipped with an electric-vehicle charging station a free Nissan Leaf S! This program not only provided fantastic value but also raised awareness about the lack of EV infrastructure in the downtown area. In many cases it is not a lack of environmental sensitivity that’s stopping downtown residents from going ‘electric’ but actually a lack of EV charging stations in the core. Through this green initiative, Minto hoped to increase the ubiquity of green transportation downtown while also helping future residents live a more sustainable lifestyle. Bside has been developed with a dedicated transformer for EV charging stations offering residents who want a vehicle in the city the ability to make an affirmative environmental decision. “We’re thrilled to be offering this new incentive program to purchasers of Bside”, Amanda Wilson Watkins, Vice-President of Marketing and Sales for Minto. “This is more than just an incentive, it’s really giving Minto a chance to raise awareness about sustainable mobility and help purchasers make the right choice when it comes different transportation options.” Here at Minto, the ultimate goal is to design for the future, and we recognize that accessible charging is an important consideration when people are looking at purchasing an electric vehicle.

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Zero Net Home: Arcadia Ottawa:

In Ottawa, our Arcadia community truly demonstrates Minto’s dedication to sustainable building design and techniques. We have exceeded the voluntary technical program requirements with our “Net Zero Energy Ready” homes across the entire Arcadia community. It is a net zero home, which means that in a given year, the home will produce as much energy as it uses. Projecting a 65 per cent reduction in total home energy consumption, the NZEr Killarney is positioned to further offset remaining energy use with the option to add solar panels post purchase. “Our Net Zero Energy ready home speaks to Minto’s 40 year legacy in sustainability and innovation,” says Brent Strachan, Senior Vice President, Minto Communities Canada. “We’re proud to introduce this high performing home that blends technology, design and materials to create better places for people to live, work and play.” Exterior package upgrades are also available for all single family models in Arcadia to allow for up to a 50 per cent reduction in heating and cooling costs compared to a typical home. Features including drain water heat recovery, low VOC paints and high efficiency water fixtures are standard on all Arcadia models.

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This is unique to the industry as this extraordinary sustainability approach applies to all model types in the community and is available for the entire block. This is the first time a home like this has been offered to the average buyer! More importantly, our architectural and construction team has found unique and creative ways to conceal the green innovations in the design making the NetZero home it appear quite typical and beautiful.

Minto designs and builds homes to deliver environmental and energy performance to benefit people now and in the future with lower costs, improved comfort and healthier living.

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Till next year’s awards, we look forward to an awesome, Green motivated, 2016 at here at Minto!

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Our 2015 Year in Review

It’s been a fantastic year here at Minto with sold out projects and plenty of new moved-in home owners! It’s crazy to think that 2016 is just over a week away, and we’ll have lots to look forward to in the year to come. But before we get on to that, here’s a look at all the great things we’ve accomplished this year:

 
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Happy Holidays from all of us at Minto!

Wow! Kingmeadow Celebrates its’ 400th Move-in!

We’ve had a busy Fall in the Kingmeadow neighbourhood, not only with construction but also with moving homeowners into their new homes. We celebrated  yet another milestone a few weeks ago when we had our 400th move-in at Kingmeadow!

When our 400th home owners, Angleo and Lorena, arrived at their new home after picking up their keys, they were enthusiastically greeted with champagne, yummy treats, and an entire welcoming committee of Minto MasterCare, Construction, and Sales!IMG_20151105_152539

Angelo, Lorena as well as their adorable little son, are all very excited to start this exciting new journey! We were lucky to have a chance to catch up with these new proud home owners and have them tell us everything we wanted to know about them, and their experience so far!

Hi Angelo and Lorena! Nice to meet you, can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

I’m a Toronto Paramedic and in my spare time I love to be outdoors! Some of my other hobbies include hunting and riding my mountain bike and road bike.

Lorena has a background in Interior Design and is a Project Manager for commercial construction projects. Her hobbies include opera singing and reading.

When did you move into your Kingmeadow home?

We took possession on October 30, 2015

Why did you choose to live to Oshawa? What drew you to the Kingmeadow community?

We decided to move to this community from Whitby as it felt like it was up-and-coming area with lots of opportunity for growth potential. We were also drawn to the fact that new homes usually draw new families with children, which was really important for us because we wanted to have our son be able to socialize with other kids!

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What type of Kingmeadow home do you live in and why did you choose it?

We chose the Windfield R from the ravine collection. Having a view of trees was important to us and the layout of the house was very appealing due to its’ open concept living and dining room. This design layout made it perfect to sprawl out for our larger dinner parties!

What has your experience been with Minto?

We have been so impressed with Minto and staff. Special shout out to Emma from the Sales Office, Sarah from the Decor Centre and last, but definitely not least, Vince on site. Our encounter with each of these staff members was always met with patience, understanding and kindness.

 Have you had a chance to explore the area? Do you have any favorite spots in the city that you like to visit?

We love taking our dog Toby for walks around the pond at Britannia & Bridle. With all the surrounding trees we have seen some beautiful wildlife.

Thank you for Sharing Angelo and Lorena!  The Kingmeadow community is lucky to have such talented, creative, and out-going enthusiasts to join the community! Congratulations and welcome to the neighborhood!

Interested in living in the Kingmeadow community? We still have homes available at Kingmeadow! Check out our website or come visit us at our sales centre today to learn more and choose your dream home!

OHBA Nominations for Minto Communities!

We’re very excited for this year’s OHBA Awards of Distinction Gala – because we’ve been nominated for 7 awards here in Toronto!

Every year the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) celebrates excellence in home building and residential renovation across Ontario. The OHBA invites companies to submit entries in their 39 categories. Each entry is judged by a panel made up of individuals from the home building industry, with experience in new home construction, design, and marketing.

This year, winners of the OHBA awards will be announced on Monday, September 28th at the OHBA gala ceremony at Deerhurst. Of all the awards given out at the OHBA’s, the most coveted one is the Home Builder of the Year Award. Not only did Minto Communities win this last year, but we’ve been nominated for it again this year!

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Here’s the list of awards that we’ve been nominated for here in Toronto:

Category: 10. Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 sq. ft.)

Project: Minto Yorkville Park – Grant

 

Category: 19. Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite Kitchen

Project: Minto Yorkville Park

 

Category: 22. Best Video High or Mid-Rise Project (4+ storeys)

Project: Minto Westside

 

Category: 29. Best New Home Sales Office (1501 sq. ft. and over)

Project: Minto Westside

 

Category: 33. Best Low-Rise Project Sales Brochure (1-3 Storeys)

Project: Minto Oakvillage

 

Category: 34. Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure (4+ storeys)

Project: Minto Westside

 

Category: 39. OHBA Ontario Home Builder of the Year

 

We’re honored to have received so much recognition so far, and we can’t wait to see what the OHBA’s have in store for us! We are anxiously awaiting the awards gala on September 28th where we can get dressed up, mingle with the best builders in the province, and hopefully win some awards!