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Newmarket site of York Region’s largest energy efficient community

Friday, April 28th 2006 2:08:31pm

Menkes Developments to build 124 ENERGY STAR® qualified homes in Walker Farm Estates

(Newmarket, April 28, 2006)  Today, Menkes Developments, Newmarket’s first ENERGY STAR homebuilder, has commenced servicing the largest energy efficient home development in York Region.  Over 40 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony with Julia Munro, MPP York North; Mayor Tom Taylor; Steven Menkes of President of Menkes Developments Lowrise Residential; Marvin Alexander of Walker Farm Estates; and Cameron Ridsdale, Chair of EnerQuality Corporation, the organization which runs the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program in Ontario. Enbridge Gas Distribution and Owens Corning sponsored the event.

“Menkes Developments is providing their customers with homes that will save them energy and money for many years to come, while reducing demand on our energy supplies and the associated air pollution emissions,” said Ridsdale.  “An energy efficient development of this size will have a significant impact.”

Each of the 124 ENERGY STAR certified homes will be 30 to 40% more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum Ontario building code standards.  This means each home in Walker Farm Estates will save 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 to 3 tonnes per year.  In total, the development will save 124,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and 372 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, enough emissions to fill 372 average-sized houses.

Menkes Developments will achieve this high level of energy efficiency by incorporating increased insulation, low e argon windows, and energy efficient heating and air-conditioning systems.  

“We’re really proud to be building ENERGY STAR homes,” said Menkes.  “The ENERGY STAR label guarantees that when our customers make what may be the biggest purchases of their lives, they are not only buying homes that are both well built and will save them money, but also decreasing their impact on the environment.”

A full range of beautiful estate designs on 40', 50' and 60' full and extra depth lots are offered at Walker Farm Estates. The unique elevations have been modeled on Georgian, Richardsonian and French Country architecture, using genuine clay brick, stone, stucco and wood accent features.

The stunning designs have been embellished with the finest details.  Features include 9' and 10' ceilings, prefinished natural oak hardwood floors on the main floor, oak staircases, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, and plaster cornice moulding in the living room and dining room.  Bungalow designs range from 1920 sq. ft. to 2418 sq. ft. and 2-storey designs range from 2175 sq. ft. to 3831 sq. ft., with starting prices in the low $400's.  

The sales office is located on the south side of Mulock Drive just west of the 404 and Leslie and is open on Monday to Thursday between 1pm and 8pm, closed Friday, weekends and holidays between 11am and 6pm.  Please call 905-836-0882 or visit www.menkes.com for further information.

For more information, to arrange interviews or for high resolution photos, contact:

Annmarie Macaluso, Guidelines Advertising Account Executive, at 416-783-3311 or annmarie@guidelinesad.com
Brent Kulba, EnerQuality (ENERGY STAR) media relations, at 416-972-7401

ENERGY STAR® for New Homes is a label given to homes that meet balanced, whole-house, energy-efficiency standards, guaranteeing their owners significant energy savings.  New homes that receive the ENERGY STAR label are 30 to 40 percent more energy efficient than those built to the minimum Ontario building code standards. The ENERGY STAR mark is administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada.