Active House by superkl inc | architect one of nine finalists for the 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards

Scotiabank has announced the nine finalists for the 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards. Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards is a national awards program that recognizes businesses, entrepreneurs and students for excellence in the development of home energy efficiency products, services and solutions. The Awards program is one of three components of the Scotiabank EcoLiving program, designed to educate Canadians on the benefits of home energy efficiency and green home improvements.

“The finalists for the 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards have each highlighted innovative new technologies, products and services that inspire Canadians to save energy at home,” said Kaz Flinn, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Scotiabank.

Along with the award incentives, winners of the 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards will receive a sculpture created by award-winning Canadian goldsmith, crystal artist and designer Mark Raynes Roberts.

An independent judging panel selected the finalists from a highly competitive field of applications. The 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards judges were: Valérie Bécaert, Executive Director of the CIRAIG; John Godden, Principal, Clearsphere; Shawn McCarthy, Global Energy Reporter, The Globe and Mail; Mark Salerno, Manager, Ontario Communications and Marketing Centre, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; and Ed Whittingham, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute .

The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards program is unique in its focus on public awareness. As part of the award criteria, all awards recipients must demonstrate the capacity to generate public interest and excitement in energy efficiency through submitted products or solutions.

The finalists are as follows. In the Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award category ($50,000), the three finalists are: RND Construction Ltd. – Roy Nandram of Ottawa; Shape, Study, Share – The Solterre Approach – Jennifer Corson and Keith Robertson of Halifax; and ACE-Alternative & Conservation Energies Inc. and ASH-Autonomous & Sustainable Housing Inc.– Jorg & Helen Ostrowski of Calgary.

In the Scotiabank EcoLiving Innovation Award category ($15,000), the three finalists are: EnergyMobile Studios Inc. – Tim Johnson of Ottawa; Solar Thermal Heating System – Joshua Green of St. John’s; and Active House – Andre D’Elia and Meg Graham, superkül inc | architect of Toronto. Their Active House is designed to push the boundaries of green Canadian residential development, by creating a sustainable, healthy and uplifting modern family home filled with natural light.

In the Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award category ($10,000), the three finalists are: Cheminée Bleue (Blue Chimney) – Jérôme Fournier, École de Téchnologie Supérieure of Montreal; Energy Management and Power Disaggregation – Fiona Yuan and Christopher Tegho of McGill University, Montreal; and Smarterstat – Randy Van Straaten of Western University, London.

Scotiabank’s EcoLiving, which launched in 2010, is a unique program focused on educating Canadians on the shared benefits of home energy efficiency and green home improvements. With its emphasis on demonstrating how people can save money by saving energy, and at the same time reduce their impact on climate change, Scotiabank’s EcoLiving program communicates the advantages of energy efficiency and sustainable practices. The EcoLiving website includes a financial calculator and information on government rebates, which allow users to plan and finance their projects and see the savings that can result from environmentally friendly renovations. As energy prices continue to increase and residential energy efficiency continues to be a factor in renovation trends, EcoLiving is a resource that provides users with the tools to make informed decisions.

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