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Durham Region Builder Receives Award for Energy Efficiency

Monday, July 30th 2007 4:09:40pm

Media Release - For Immediate Release

Liza Homes builds 50 ENERGY STAR® qualified houses in Whitby development

(WHITBY, ON, June 27, 2007)  Bryan Young, representing the Office of the Chief Energy Conservation Officer of Ontario, today awarded a coveted Certificate of Recognition to Sharok Mansouri, President of Liza Homes, for his company's outstanding commitment to energy conservation.

The event took place at Liza Homes' Grand Opening Phase II in Whitby, a development of 50 ENERGY STAR qualified homes.  ENERGY STAR qualified homes are approximately 30% more efficient than homes built to minimum Ontario Building Code requirements, while saving up to 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and up to 1200 kWh in electricity savings each year.

"Just as the ENERGY STAR rating is a guarantee of energy efficiency, we too want Liza-built homes to be the standard for quality in new-home construction," said Mansouri.

Earlier in the day, Peter Love, Ontario's first Chief Energy Conservation Officer, visited the site.  "I'm impressed by what I see here," he said.  "We're still committed to making more changes to the Ontario Building Code, but until that happens, we're happy to see builders like Liza Homes make energy efficiency improvements on their own."

"Home buyers are demanding more than just luxury finishes," said Young.  "They are also looking for ways to reduce energy consumption, reduce damage to the environment, and contribute to a culture of conservation."

The ENERGY STAR qualified homes built by Liza Homes include higher than standard levels of insulation in attics, exposed floors and basements; dual pane, ENERGY STAR low-E argon windows; programmable thermostats and 90% efficient natural gas furnaces.  ENERGY STAR qualified homes are performance tested, third party verified and government backed.

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For more information:  

LIZA Homes Contact:  Nargues Mansouri, 905-881-1026 x283

EnerQuality Corporation: Michelle Cote, 416-447-0077

CECO Contact:  Media Hotline, 416-969-6703

About the Chief Energy Conservation Officer:  The CECO will assume leadership for developing and implementing energy conservation initiatives, advising on relevant government policy and targets for conservation, and educating and promoting energy conservation to all Ontarians.  The CECO is an integral member of the Ontario Power Authority's senior executive team.

About Liza Homes:  As one of Durham Region's leading builders of premium new home communities, Liza Homes brings a hands-on approach to new home design and community detailing. Incorporating modern day living and old world charm into features that truly make each house a home.  Liza Homes works to exceptional standards employing craftsmen who share an appreciation of excellence while building homes that will stand the test of time.

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 approximately 30 percent more energy-efficient than those built to the minimum Ontario building code standards. The ENERGY STAR mark, used with permission, is administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada.