Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards Finalists Announced

Nine companies that shine a new light on home energy efficiency products, services and solutions have been shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, a partnership between Scotiabank and Green Living Enterprises. The total prize is $75,000 in award incentives and the winners will be announced on June 6 during a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery in Toronto.

The finalists were chosen from 89 entries, up 28 percent from last year’s edition of the award. As part of the selection criteria, all awards recipients must show they can attract the public’s interest in energy efficiency through their submitted products or solutions.

Judges include some luminaries of the sustainability community in Canada, 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 Canadian homeowners are looking for energy saving solutions in response to rising costs,” says Laurie Simmonds, CEO and President, Green Living Enterprises. “Scotiabank is taking a leadership role by recognizing businesses, innovators and students implementing and developing energy-saving ideas that are also end-user friendly, and hold the potential for mass adoption."

Besides the award incentives, the 2013 winners will receive an inspiring sculpture created by award-winning goldsmith, crystal artist and designer Mark Raynes Roberts.

The finalists are:

Category: Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award ($50,000)

· Ecobee (Toronto, ON) for Home IQ - A Wi-Fi thermostat, online web portal and smart phone app that integrate directly with Smart Meters and time-of-use electricity rates to help people understand, manage and reduce their energy consumption without sacrificing comfort.

· Enerpro Systems Corp./Olympic International Agencies (North Vancouver, BC) for SMARTFORME – An efficient and cost effective building energy system that is integrated with advanced metering technology to measure and manage resource consumption to serve the needs of the development industry, municipal authorities and the real estate consumer.

· Lanefab Design/Build (Vancouver, BC) for Net-Positive Urban Infill, laneway houses – Integrated design and construction of small scale fully independent homes with energy efficiency, design quality, and scalable-sustainability, while adding density to neighbourhoods and preserving existing community homes.

Category: Scotiabank EcoLiving Innovators Award ($15,000)

· CircuitMeter Inc. (Ajax, ON) for CircuitMeter Residential Sub-metering Technology – A simple and affordable sub-metering system that identifies energy waste, operational anomalies, and off-spec behavior of equipment, to drive down energy costs by 27-34% in non metered multi-residential buildings, and save provincial terawatt-hours annually.

· Quinzee (Toronto, ON) - A web and mobile application that is gamifying and socializing energy use and enabling Ontarians with smart meters to be smarter homeowners. Utilizing consumer social benchmarking as a motivator for influencing efficient energy choices and behaviors consumers can easily track and compare energy use free of charge.

· Toronto Atmospheric Fund (Toronto, ON) for Energy Saving Performance Agreement – A customized non-debt financing product for building owners to demonstrate the viability of earning both financial and greenhouse gas reduction return on energy efficiency investments.

Category: Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award ($10,000)

· Benjamin Gillies (Winnipeg, MB) for FAACE Apartment Complex – FAACE (Functional, Affordable, Attractive, Compact and Efficient) Apartment Complex is a prototype for a new apartment complex that uses the best in modern design and furnishing innovation to provide more compact and efficient apartments that offer functionality, attractiveness and the ability to reduce each occupant’s carbon footprint in a number of significant ways.

· McGill University (Montreal, QC) for The McGill Energy Project – A collaboration of students, faculty, and staff that combined research, innovative technologies and team work to create targeted savings in residence buildings, laboratories, and in heat and water networks to reduce McGill’s 20 million dollar annual energy bill.

· Universite de Montreal, Faculte de l’amenagement, Ecole de design industriel (Montreal, QC) for Boltzmann Residential Energy Storage - A thermodynamic water heater designed to be operated in synergy with a split system air conditioner that provides an ingenious energy recovery system that allows for a significant reduction and leveling of electric consumption.

Image credit: 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards