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Enbridge Gas Distribution wins Industry Partner of the Year Award

Friday, January 12th 2007 1:20:05pm

Enbridge Gas Distribution wins Industry Partner of the Year Award for home energy efficiency initiatives

(Markham, Ontario, January 12, 2007)  EnerQuality Corporation awarded Enbridge Gas Distribution the Industry Partner of the Year Award (sponsored by the EnerQuality Builder Council) during the EnerQuality Awards of Excellence ceremony.  Held today in Markham, in conjunction with the Ontario Building & Renovation Forum, the Awards were presented to outstanding building professionals, industry partners and homebuilders for advancing energy efficiency in new home construction.

"I'm very please that Enbridge Gas Distribution has won this award," said Corey McBurney, Managing Director of EnerQuality Corporation.  "They have gone above and beyond to support energy efficiency in new homes."

Enbridge Gas Distribution, an early and active supporter of ENERGY STARĀ® for New Homes and EnerGuide for New Houses, has combined marketing support with a team of eight New Housing Market Consultants in the field promoting new home energy efficiency.  Enbridge Gas Distribution has also initiated builder/trades training, is involved in consumer research, and has continued to reward builders with a financial incentive for building energy efficient homes.

EnerQuality manages three popular energy efficiency initiatives in Ontario targeting new housing: ENERGY STAR for New Homes, EnerGuide for New Houses, and R-2000. These three initiatives have a total of 354 participating homebuilders including the largest builders in the country and the support of government and private sector partners including Natural Resources Canada, Ontario's Conservation Bureau, Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, DuPont Tyvek, Icynene, Owens Corning, and OZZ Corporation.

"We are proud to work together with home builders and other organizations to support ENERGY STAR for New Homes which delivers a win-win-win result," said Lino Luison, Vice President, Enbridge Gas Distribution.  "Builders win by offering homebuyers an energy efficient choice, homebuyers win through reduced energy bills and we all win through reduced environmental impact."

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For more information, contact Brent Kulba at 416-972-7401

ENERGY STARĀ® for New Homes is a label earned only by homes that have met strict requirements, allowing homebuyers to rely on the performance tested, third party verified, government backed ENERGY STAR label to know they are buying the most efficient house on the market.  New homes that receive this label are approximately 30 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 and is used with permission.

R-2000 certified homes offer both energy efficiency and green building features. Only licensed R-2000 builders who have been trained and certified can build R-2000 homes. R-2000 is an official mark of Natural Resources Canada and is used with permission.

EnerGuide for New Houses is a rating system that informs consumers and supports choice by measuring the energy use and efficiency of a new house.  EnerGuide is an official mark of Natural Resources Canada and is used with permission.