Grand Opening: Menkes builds LEED Silver home in Halton Hills

January 26, 2016

(December 10, 2015 Halton Hills, ON)

Canada’s newest LEED Silver home has been built in Halton Hills. Constructed by Menkes Developments, the home is located in The Enclaves of Upper Canada, a community of 184 ENERGY STAR® homes currently under construction. Built as part of the Optimum Home program, the houses represent some of the most energy efficient homes in Ontario.

Menkes celebrated the official ribbon cutting of their LEED Silver Certified home on Thursday December 10th, along with Mayor Rick Bonnette of The Town of Halton Hills. LEED Canada certification identifies this home as a pioneering example of sustainable design and demonstrates Menkes’ leadership in transforming the building industry.

“We are very proud to have built Halton’s first LEED Silver home, as well all the homes in The Enclaves of Upper Canada which are ENERGY STAR® homes” said Steven Menkes, President of Lowrise Residential, Menkes Developments. “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 reducing their impact on the environment.

Menkes has always strived to be a leader in environmentally responsible residential construction. We were incorporating energy conservation initiatives in our projects long before the current trend towards green development. “

The Optimum Home program, sponsored by Union Gas, involves top builders designing and building high performance homes that exceed the energy efficiency requirements of the building code. Optimum Homes are independently verified by a third party to be at least 20% more energy efficient than the 2012 Ontario Building Code.

"Through the Optimum Home Program, participating builders can solidify their position as influential industry leaders by demonstrating that homes can be built to a higher standard” said Dave Simpson, general manager of in-franchise sales, marketing and customer care at Union Gas. “In turn, homebuyers benefit by living in homes that are more comfortable, healthy and durable with lower energy bills throughout the lifetime of their home."

The Enclaves of Upper Canada offers a wide selection of semi-links and fully detached homes. All of the homes in this private, inviting community located in the Norval hamlet of East Georgetown include:

•ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors with low-E argon filled glass, and thermostat
•High efficiency forced air gas central heating system with HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) with sealed ductwork in basement (as required)
•Hot water recovery system
•Upgraded spray foam insulation above garage and porch ceilings with living areas above and full height basement insulation

The LEED home also includes an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) with an ECM fan motor that further saves electricity. The ERV also saves water because it reduces the need for a humidifier. The Two Stage furnace maximizes comfort and at 95 plus efficiency saves more money. The air conditioner is 15% more efficient than code.

About Union Gas

Union Gas Limited has been dedicated to energy conservation and helping customers reduce their environmental footprint for over 15 years. Since it first began offering Demand Side Management programs in 1997, Union Gas has delivered over 7.5 billion cubic metres of natural gas savings, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of removing 2.5 million cars from Ontario’s roads for a year.

Union Gas is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. One of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2015, Union Gas is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $7 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit

For further information, please contact:
Union Gas
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519- 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490

About Menkes Developments
Menkes Developments Ltd. is a fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, owner-ship and management of office, industrial and residential properties. Menkes was founded in 1954 by Murray Menkes, who initially carried on business as a developer of single family homes. Over the years, the company expanded significantly and branched out into other areas of real estate, and is now one of the largest private Canadian developers of residential, industrial and office properties. Today, Menkes continues to raise the standard for outstanding quality design and superior value as a fully integrated, multidisciplinary real estate development company. Elegant family homes that exude character and charm; exclusive luxury condominiums infused with stunning amenities; and highly coveted office and industrial space, all set in prime locations. For more information, visit

For further information, please contact:
Menkes Developments
Nadine Sobanski
Sales and Marketing Manager, Lowrise Residential
Ph: 416-642-8138