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Media Release: Ontario’s Greenest Homes and Home Designs Recognized and Celebrated!

(Toronto) Ontario’s leading edge builders, designers, academics and policy-makers gathered in Toronto last night to recognize and celebrate top projects in green home building, renovation and design. The first annual Home Sweet Home Awards Gala and Presentation brought together bright, innovative talent from a variety of disciplines and industries for an inspiring night.

One of the more high profile finalists in the competition was the “Green Victorian” project. “I'm so impressed by the quality of the entries in this competition," said New Democrat Leader Jack Layton who, along with his wife, MP Olivia Chow, was a finalist in the Renovated Home of the Year category and won ‘water champion’ recognition for this project. "We are proud of what we’ve been able to do with our home and prouder still to see what a growing number of families are accomplishing in terms of making their homes healthier and more efficient.”

Says Derek Satnik, Chief Innovation Officer at Ontario-based green building engineering firm Mindscape Innovations and Competition Chair, “The most impressive thing about this initiative for me has been the breadth of Ontario’s talent. All of our Finalists were of such high quality. From Rodeo’s all LEED Platinum neighbourhood in Newmarket to fantastically efficient renovation projects to the Habitat for Humanity and Fleming College partnership’s eco-affordable home for a family in Peterborough, this province has much to be proud of in our green building, renovating and design industries.”

Winners were awarded as follows:

  • Eaton Production Home of the Year: Cambridgeshire LEED Home, Kitchener
  • Affordable Home of the Year: Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and District – Fleming Partnership Home, Peterborough
  • Mindscape Custom Home of the Year: The Greenbilt House, Toronto
  • Renovated Home of the Year: Rosedale House, Toronto

Ontario’s post-secondary students participated in a theoretical design version of the competition, through the Home Sweet Home Student Challenge, bringing innovative ideas and research into the mix.  The Student Challenge Winners were:

  • 1st Place: NatuReal House, (Queen’s University)
  • 2nd Place (tie): Ribbon House (Ryerson University and Humber College),
  • 2nd Place (tie): Nest House (University of Toronto)
  • 3rd Place: Sunlake House (Algonquin College)

See following pages for winning project details. Check later this week for all finalist project details. See for photos. is a free online directory of green building products and services. The Home Sweet Home Competition awards leading green building and renovation projects in Ontario.

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