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It’s been a successful awards season for Minto Communities Canada. Earlier this year, the developer won several top awards at the 2020 Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards for Housing Excellence, and was named Green Builder of the Year at the Durham Region Homebuilders’ Association Awards in May.

Hot on the heels of these wins, Minto was recently presented with the prestigious EnerQuality Award in the Building Innovation category for the Air Tightness Testing Pilot project at Minto Yorkville Park in Toronto. The forward-thinking pilot was the first of its kind for a high-rise residence in Ontario, and the developer plans to incorporate findings from the testing process into future projects.

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While air tightness testing for high-rise buildings is not mandatory in Ontario or the GTA, it can help determine the level of air leakage a building experiences in various weather conditions and the effectiveness of the thick plastic barrier that’s installed to prevent it. These tests offer a range of benefits for residents’ comfort and building performance such as energy consumption levels.

“It is an honour to be recognized by the 2020 EnerQuality Awards for Building Innovation for our Air Tightness Testing Pilot project,” said Agnieszka Wloch, Vice President, Development at Minto Communities GTA.

“We’re really proud we completed some of the first air tightness testing for high-rises in the GTA, and we look forward to continuing to push the envelope and leading the charge when it comes to green building.”

Minto Communities GTA, in partnership with experts from RDH Building Science, completed guarded air tightness testing, which involved isolating individual floors and capturing air leakage through the building enclosure only. The test floor and the floors above and below were pressurized and depressurized identically throughout the process.

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While this was the first time Minto Communities GTA has completed air tightness testing, Minto Yorkville Park performed extremely well, meeting current standards in Washington State where air leakage is regulated.

“We decided to do our air tightness testing at Minto Yorkville Park during construction, which allowed us to make improvements while we were still completing our work,” said David Robins, Division President, Minto Communities GTA.

“We were really pleased to see results well below standard rates in regulated municipalities, showing us our build quality and material selection meet our own high expectations.”

Completed earlier this year, Minto Yorkville Park is a 25-storey residence situated in the heart of Toronto’s renowned Yorkville neighbourhood. The development boasts sleek exterior architecture by Page + Steele IBI Group Architects and IBI Group, plus luxurious amenities including a chic, gold-adorned lobby with a 24/7 concierge and spacious layouts appointed with upgraded finishes.

To learn more about Minto Communities Canada, visit minto.com.

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