Home Eco Innovations Celebrated at the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards

A low carbon apartment complex prototype. A social mobile app that allows homeowners with smart meters to compare their energy use with other consumers. Small scale, energy efficient, independent homes that sustainably add density to neighbourhoods. These Canadian innovations were awarded top honours at a gala event honouring innovations in home energy efficiency. The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards are a cornerstone of Scotiabank’s consumer-facing EcoLiving Program, and are designed to inspire consumers to reduce their energy use. The winners in the three award categories were as follows: Lanefab Design/Build from Vancouver BC won the Business Leadership Award of $50,000. Lanefab is a design/build company that makes custom homes and “infill mini-home” (or “laneway houses”) on the principles of design quality and energy efficiency. Lanefab built the first net-zero solar-powered laneway house in Vancouver. Their work adds density to neighbourhoods while preserving existing homes. Quinzee of Toronto, Ontario won the Innovators Award of $15,000 for a free web and mobile application that “enables Ontarians with smart meters to be smarter homeowners”. Ontarians can track and compare their energy use with others through consumer social benchmarking. Benjamin Gillies, a University of Manitoba graduate won the Student Leadership Award of $10,000 for his prototype for the FAACE apartment complex. This Functional, Affordable, Attractive, Compact and Efficient complex includes compact apartments that are modern and can reduce occupants’ carbon footprint. Green Living Enterprises supports Scotiabank in presenting these awards. As CEO and President Laurie Simmonds noted, “change is best lead by example…home energy efficiencies are within the grasp of every Canadian.” The award winners were selected by an expert panel including: Valerie Becaert, Executive Director of the FQRNT/FQRSC; Thomas Mueller, Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council; Yves Perrier, Architect and Sustainable Building consultant; Ed Whittingham, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute; and Tyler Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief and associate publisher of Corporate Knights. More about the Scotiabank EcoLiving Program: www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com More about Lanefab Design/Build: www.lanefab.com More about Quinzee: quinzee.ca Photo L-R: Vancouver's Lanefab Design/Build, Winnipeg student Benjamin Gillies and Toronto's Quinzee named 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Award winners. Photo courtesy Sam Santos/George Pimental Photography. (CNW Group/Scotiabank)