Minto has been selected as one of five building partners in Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), led by Owens Corning Canada and reported on earlier this month.
With ecoEII financial support, Minto will work with residential experts in building science and energy efficiency to plan, design, and construct five zero energy homes. This initiative will further advance NRCan’s investigation of building net zero energy homes on a community scale.
This project builds on Minto’s previous experiences building zero energy homes, namely Minto’s Inspiration, Canada’s first LEED Platinum home built in 2008, and Minto Ampersand in Ottawa, which contains a block of condominiums designed with the goal of achieving zero energy performance. During every step of analysis in the ecoEII project, the homeowner will be kept front of mind. “This is an exciting project that builds on our past experience and will inform our product development for the next few years, ensuring that we continue to deliver quality, thoughtfully designed, highly energy efficient homes for our customers,” says Alison Minato, vice president of sustainability at The Minto Group.