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Minto Wins Big at the BILD Awards

Dressed to the nines on the evening of Friday April 28th, our team headed to Vaughan to attend the annual BILD Awards Gala! The BILD awards are among the most prestigious awards to be won in Real Estate, recognizing builders, developers, designers, architects, and sales & marketing professionals across the GTA for their contribution to building quality, complete communities across the region.

Our team went into the night with high hopes, and feeling confident about the year of hard work behind us. We are happy to announce that we left with even bigger smiles and THREE more awards under our belt:

Best high rise building design for Minto Westside

Green Builder of the Year, low Rise

Marketing Team of the Year

Take a look at some of the photos of the team from the night:

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Thank you to BILD for the recognition, we couldn’t be happier! And congratulations to all of the night’s winners. To see the list of all of the winners, click here.

Minto Wins Big at the EnerQuality Awards – Again!

We’ve been recognized for our commitment to Sustainability once again! On February 24th, we were honoured to receive the ENERGY STAR® Builder of the Year (Large Volume) Award at the 2016 EnerQuality Awards Gala. Minto was recognized for its commitment to creating better places to live through energy efficiency and building innovation. We were also finalists for Ontario Green Builder of the Year and Net Zero Builder of the Year.

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“The Minto team is honoured to be recognized by EnerQuality for our dedication to building thoughtfully designed, energy efficient new homes for our customers,” says Alison Minato, our Vice President of Sustainability. “In 2016 we sold our first Net Zero Energy town homes and labeled all of Minto’s new homes in Ontario under the ENERGY STAR®, LEED or EnerGuide assurance programs.  We are really proud of our commitment to innovation and creating better places for our customers and the environment.”

Minto is dedicated to getting 100% of our homes third party certified, either through ENERGY STAR®, LEED, or EnerGuide. We provide sustainability training for our staff and trades and educate homeowners about sustainable living in their own home at point of sale and at our homeowner Essentials Events. We are also heavily involved in sustainability industry councils, committees and partnerships, and our Sustainability team at Minto is dedicated to research and development projects, most recently developing our Net Zero Energy Home project.

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We’re so honoured to be recognized for our work in Sustainable home building. Thank you to EnerQuality for the award. We’re looking forward to another year of Green innovation and home building!

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Find out more about the work Minto does for sustainable living here.

Construction is Full Steam Ahead at Minto Longbranch!

With the strike behind us, the team is diligently working with our trades to ramp up the number of crews on site. Construction is full steam ahead as we work towards completing your home at Minto Longbranch as quickly as possible!

Roofing, exterior bricking, window installation and siding and trim work are complete on Blocks 2 – 4, and work is ongoing on Blocks 1 & 5.

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For the interiors, mechanical and electrical rough-in work is ongoing in blocks 1, 2 and 5 while we start installing insulation and drywall in Blocks 3 & 4. With framing nearing completion on Blocks 6, 7 and 8, window and stair installation will begin in the coming weeks.

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Over the next month we will start to see some of the landscaping at the exterior of the blocks take shape, as well as the parkette. We look forward to sharing more updates as we work towards the finished product!

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Interested in more? Contact us at Minto Longbranch for any questions you may have!

Green Architecture Around The World

It’s earth week! And what better way to celebrate than to take a look at some of the best sustainable architectural buildings around the world! As a leading Green builder, Minto is committed to creating better, greener buildings and homes with less impact on the environment.  We like to look at what other builders and architects around the world are doing to inspire us to push the envelope even further on Green building. Below we have some great examples of innovative sustainable home building and construction, plus a look at Minto’s own Net Zero project!

Let’s take a look:

 

The Sustainability Treehouse by Mithun ArchitectsWest Virginia

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The Sustainability Treehouse is a unique icon of camp adventure, environmental stewardship and innovative building design that uses the environment around it to inspire visitors within it. The Treehouse provides dynamic educational and gathering spaces for exploring and understanding the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy, and sky. The towering steel frame elevates visitors to extraordinary vantages and educates them on green building systems, such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and a large cistern and water cleansing system. Visitors learn about energy and water conservation as they climb outdoor staircases up to a 125-foot-high rooftop rising above the leaf canopy. Sited on a former coal mine, the building features a locally made prefabricated steel megastructure, FSC-certified black locust wood housing, a photovoltaic array, a wind turbine, and a rainwater catchment system.

 

CV by Paz Arquitectura, Santa Rosalia, Guatemala City

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Located on a dense hillside forest in the Santa Rosalía area of Guatemala City, Corallo House integrates an existing forest into the layout of a house. It merges nature into the architecture. The home was designed with the goal to preserve the existing trees, in order to have the trees interact with the living space. The floorplan is free of columns, and the floor levels change with the existing topography. The façades are mostly glass in order to connect the interior to the exterior. The main structural component is exposed concrete, which contrasts with the texture of the wood and the trees. In addition, the home uses heat repelling concrete foundation and recycled materials.

 

The Council House 2, Melbourne, Australia

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The Council House 2 (CH2) office building was designed in collaboration with the City of Melbourne to follow a model that promotes a more interactive role between the city and nature, in which all parties depend on each other. The City of Melbourne aims to achieve zero emissions for the municipality by 2020, and so the CH2 was designed as a major contribution to this goal, as well as a working example for the local development market. The objective of CH2 was to have it rely on passive energy systems while producing a premium grade building. Plants are used for façades that moderate climate, tapered ventilation ducts integrate with day lighting strategies and a concrete floor structure plays a central role in the building’s heating and cooling, bringing down utility costs and the building’s overall emissions.

 

The HemLoft Treehouse, Joel Allen, Whistler

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The HemLoft Treehouse was built out of materials that Allen, the architect and brains behind this, got off of Craigslist mostly for free! These materials coupled with a lot of time and passion for living green is why this project became a world wide success.  Allen’s efforts to reuse materials from million dollar homes that were torn down in the whistler community, highlight the importance of reusing materials in and reducing waste.

 

One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

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One Central Park in Sydney, is a 117 metre tall residential tower, designed by Parisian architect, Jena Nouvel. It features vertical gardens covering the façade of the building, giving it a look of a building made of greenery. Lush gardens also occupy the terraces of the structure, and it is built around a spacious park, giving you green space at all angles of this building. The gardens are filled with 38,000 indigenous and exotic plants, providing  a mix of vegetation to the landscape. A cantilevered section of the building holds reflective panels that help provide sunlight to all edges of the building’s green spaces. One Central Park turns residential high-rise construction into the opportunity for more green space, and it lets you live in a home that is also a gigantic garden!

And last but not least, our very own Net Zero Home in Minto’s community; Arcadia!

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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. A Net Zero home 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 Net Zero home is positioned to further offset remaining energy use with the option to add solar panels post purchase. 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 Net Zero home it appear quite typical and beautiful. Click here to read more about our Net Zero homes in Ottawa.

 
We hope you enjoyed all these innovative and amazing structures! Happy Earth week everyone!

 

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.

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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!

Spring Cleaning Tips!

Although we are still experiencing those frosted morning commutes, windy evenings, and unpleasant drafts, we assure you… Spring IS here!

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What better way to welcome this long awaited guest than to clean up, de-clutter, and revitalize our spaces! We have found a few ways that you can revitalize your hibernating home with a few simple tips!

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  • When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one spot that’s easily accessible.
    • Rather than tidying up/ cleaning a small portion and then leaving the area to go dispose of your garbage, it’s best to keep a garbage bag or throw-away pile close by so that you can work continuously!
  • Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
    • When you chose an area to clean, start with an easy section that you are more likely to finish, vs. starting from anywhere and stopping half way because you become unmotivated or too tired!
  • Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.
    •  Some argue that multi-tasking makes you less productive. We believe that when cleaning, it can actually help speed up the cleaning process! A perfect match would be doing laundry and de-cluttering a closet nearby.
  • And last but definitely not least, invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails.
    •  If you are the lady of the house and refuse to get that perfect manicure ruined, then having a good pair of gloves will motivate you to get started without thinking twice!

 

If you enjoyed these tips be sure to visit http://www.styleathome.com/organizing/organizing-ideas/10-spring-cleaning-tips/a/901 for more spring cleaning tips, ideas, and discussions!

Happy Cleaning!

 

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!