Although I tend to shy away from shout-outs to individual builders, I’m going to make an exception for the finalists for this year’s Green Builder of the Year awards to be presented by BILD tomorrow.
Our association established the Green Builder of the Year awards in 2007 to recognize the high- and low-rise builders who were leading the way for the rest of the industry. This year’s high-rise finalists are Liberty Developments, Tridel and the Urban Capital Group.
Liberty Developments has completely embraced the Provincial Places to Grow legislation by specializing in large-scale, mixed-used development and re-development schemes along transit corridors. In fact, last year, Liberty won the Association’s Places to Grow Community of the Year Award (for a project appropriately named Eko) and is a finalist again this year for World on Yonge. Not surprisingly, Liberty is a finalist in the Green Builder of the Year category as well.
The inaugural winner of the high-rise Green Builder of the Year award was Tridel, who repeated in 2008, was a very close finalist in 2009 and is back in the running in 2010. Tridel is a company that absolutely gets it when it comes to green building, not to mention quality and service.
Urban Capital is marketing the first buildings in the Toronto waterfront redevelopment area. The River City development is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification and going one step beyond by pursuing carbon neutrality in the construction process. If they fall short, Urban Capital will offset the difference to ensure Canada’s first completely carbon neutral development.
On the low-rise side of the equation, the finalists this year include Durham Custom Homes, Empire Communities, Mason Homes (the inaugural award winner in 2007) and Rodeo Fine Homes.
I’ll be sure to let you know who came out on top of the Green Builder of the Year awards.
In the meantime, if you’d like to know who’s up for the awards in all the other categories, please visit bildawards.com.
– Stephen Dupuis is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.