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Minto30Roe is Living Green!

Minto30Roea 34 storey high-rise condominium near Yonge & Eglinton, is a LEED® Canada GOLD candidate, registered with the Canada Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certifcation program that recognizes innovation in green building strategies and practices. We caught up with Carl Pawlowski, Project Coordinator for Sustainability, who gave us valuable information about Minto’s sustainability initiatives.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT MINTO’S SUSTAINABILITY TEAM.

The Sustainability team is an in-house department that collaborates directly with the other Minto teams early on in each project to develop and implement the Green strategy. This strategy outlines the sustainable initiatives and specifications for the suites and building, and considers the resident’s needs, local environmental requirements, relevant third party building standards and opportunities for innovation. Minto is extremely dedicated to sustainable initiatives that benefit people now and in the future. We are proud to have won many industry awards like the EnerQuality Green Builder of the Year (2011, 2012, 2014), BILD Green Builder of the Year (2013) and ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Builder of  the Year (2014).

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SUSTAINABILITY ACHIEVEMENTS AT MINTO30ROE AND WHAT ROLE DO YOU PLAY DURING CONSTRUCTION?

During the strategy and design stage for Minto30Roe, our team included features that were at the forefront of green building in Toronto. For example we were ahead of the curve with our plan to add electric vehicle charging infrastructure at Minto30Roe that allows residents to install EV chargers in their parking space. This is something that many residential builders haven’t yet implemented into their buildings. With construction well underway, we work closely with the Project Manager and Site Coordinators to ensure that environmental procedures are followed and these design features are installed as specified. Once the building is complete, our team will conduct various inspections and testing for factors such as air quality and air tightness. Throughout the entire design and build process, we are collecting and organizing documentation for the third-party programs which Minto30Roe is registered for, such as the Toronto Green Standard and LEED. These documents will be submitted and reviewed by third-party experts, ensuring that our new communities are built to high standards and meeting the targets we strive for.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE GREEN FEATURE AT MINTO30ROE?

I would have to say the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) is my favourite.  A typical condo without an HRV generally has lower air quality due to less fresh air infiltration and the fact that the air flows through elevator shafts and hallways before entering the suite. At Minto30Roe, the special HRV unit brings fresh air into the suite and transfers energy from outgoing air to pre-heat or pre-cool incoming air depending on desired settings. Combined with a Fan Coil Unit, it distributes the air to each room within the suite. It also includes a particulate filter to remove contaminants in the air, leaving your home with superior indoor air quality and savings in energy costs.grass

Thanks Carl! You can learn more about the incredible green features on www.minto30roe.com under Living Green.

Minto30Roe occupancy is expected to begin in the spring of 2016. There are still 2 bedroom suites available for purchase with a 5% deposit. Contact the Minto Condo Store at 416-915-3800 for complete details.

Minto named OHBA Green Builder of the year for the second year running

From left: Serge Desjardins, Alison Minato, Jessica Huddleston, Adrian Wang, Kyle Rainbow, Derek Hickson

We at Minto are extremely proud to announce that for the second year in a row, and three times in total, we have been recognized as Ontario’s Green Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builders Association.
 
Alison Minato, VP of sustainability, was quite delighted with the win. “It means so much to be recognized by the OHBA for our green initiatives. We’re one of few developers that have a dedicated in-house green team and it’s terrific to know that our strategies are paying off.

“We’ve been working hard for over a decade now and we’ve made huge strides in quality and sustainability. With strategies like individual suite meters and “all-off” switches being just some of the initiatives we’ve rolled out,” she explained. It’s great to win this award for the third time, and it just shows that our dedication to green pays off. It allows us to discover more opportunities and we have the processes in place to make these improvements happen.”

So what does Alison see happening to the green condo scene over the next few years? Right now, for example, they’re researching the potential of LED lighting. It’s more efficient than fluorescent lighting and it produces significantly less heat than halogen lights. Plus, the team is looking at wireless thermostat & lighting control. It has potential in the area of home automation and remote monitoring, which is something you’re likely to see more of in the future. Super-insulated windows are another great feature. “This is a very exciting time to be developing new, green condominiums,” Alison says.

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