For over 50 years, Minto has been dedicated to building sustainable features for future generations of families. Taking a proactive approach to energy-efficiency and green building practices, Minto developed Energy-Wise standards in new home construction in the 1970s, the Innova House for Natural Resources of Canada in the 1990's, became the largest production builder of R-2000 homes, and recently was the first builder in Canada to offer a LEED® certified condominium.
In keeping with this green tradition, Minto is pleased to announce that every home built in Mahogany will be ENERGY STARÔ rated - as a minimum. Energy StarÔ homes are approximately 30% more energy efficient than those built to minimum Ontario Building Code standards, and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 to 3 tonnes per year. This will be one of the largest energy-efficient communities in Canada.
In addition, prior to the development of Mahogany, Minto will be building an environmentally-friendly home as part of the CMHC Equilibrium Housing Initiative, on our land in Manotick (on Manotick Main Street). The goal of the CMHC Initiative is to create healthy, energy-efficient housing that produces as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis. Construction on Inspiration - the Minto EcoHome, will begin in 2007 the summer of 2007 and will open to the public sometime in 2008.
What is the Process of Planning for Mahogany?
The new City of Ottawa has approved a Secondary Plan, which defines this area as a "Serviced Development Area". This means that full municipal water and wastewater services will be available to all homes within the community. The Secondary Plan also stipulates that a comprehensive development concept plan be prepared for the area.
Minto is currently working with various consultants and community groups to develop the best possible concept plan for Mahogany. Guided by our Objectives and Design Principles, we are currently moving forward with a proposed plan. – less–ZoomInfo