OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Midhaven Homes, an Oshawa based New Home Builder founded in 1986 by Peter and Sam Saturno, has been honoured for its efforts in advancing energy efficiency in new housing in Canada.
Midhaven received two 2014 ENERGY STAR® Market Transformation Awards, as 2014 New Homes Builder of the Year and for the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Promotional Campaign of the Year. These Market Transformation Awards are awarded by the Ministry of Natural Resources (NRCan), given to utility providers, manufacturers, retailers, advocates and home builders who have shown leadership in the manufacture and promotion of energy-efficient products for Canadian consumers under the ENERGY STAR® program.
“Midhaven Homes is setting an example for the Canadian business community through their sustained leadership in promoting responsible energy use. We applaud their work in encouraging Canadians to save money and conserve energy by making energy-efficient choices,” said The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, who presented the awards to Midhaven’s Peter Saturno, Rebecca Evans and Kristina Petrie.
“It was truly an honour to receive these awards from Minister Rickford and be recognized by NRCan. It means a great deal to me and the Midhaven family. It’s a true testament to the contractors who work with us to create Energy Star qualified homes and also to the organizations that have quarterbacked the ENEGY STAR for New Homes program in our home province for the benefit of new home purchasers, namely EnerQuality and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association. But what’s really pleasing is being contacted by our homeowner’s months after they’ve moved in informing Midhaven how much more comfortable their homes are and the energy savings they are noticing compared to their previous homes. That really underscores for us that the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program is moving housing in the right direction” says Peter Saturno President of Midhaven Homes.
Midhaven Homes is guided by a hands-on approach and a dedication to excellence, quality craftsmanship and value. The integration of ENERGY STAR into the business was a natural progression of this commitment to quality and forward thinking value for their customers. Midhaven Homes decided not to offer the Energy Star benefits as an option but to incorporate ENERGY STAR as a standard in all their new homes.
Midhaven initiated EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes training for its construction and sales staff, providing them with the tools and support they needed to not only build their homes to the standard but also communicate the value of ENERGY STAR certification to our customers.
Midhaven Homes’ winning ENERGY STAR for New Homes Promotional Campaign of the Year used signage, interactive website explanations, publications, displays, and a homeowner booklet developed in-house to engage and educate our consumers. The key message is that an ENERGY STAR qualified home is the best value and the best home, providing energy savings as well as a healthier and more comfortable living environment without changing one’s lifestyle.
ENERGY STAR for New Homes is an initiative to promote energy efficient home building administered by Natural Resources Canada and supported by progressive builders. All ENERGY STAR qualified homes are performance tested, third party verified and government backed to provide homeowners with energy savings of approximately 20 per cent over homes constructed to the Ontario Building Code.