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TORONTO ON, March 2019 – Great Gulf today unveiled a new high-performance model home designed to maximize a homebuyer’s comfort while significantly reducing energy use. The Optimum Discovery Home features several leading-edge building design and construction technologies, offering homebuyers improved comfort, better indoor air quality, and tools to efficiently control energy use resulting in lower utility bills.

Great Gulf is an industry leader who is committed to building homes to higher standards and incorporates a whole-home approach using energy-efficient technologies and strategies to build homes that are more durable, sustainable and are more likely to increase in value over the years. “This Optimum Discovery Home features the latest level of energy star requirements,” said Shaun Joffe, Great Gulf Executive Director Sustainability and Building Science. “Our long-term commitment is to build energy efficient and sustainable homes providing our homeowners and their families with improved thermal comfort, air quality control and ample natural daylight. Through our partnership with Enbridge Gas, we are working diligently to educate staff on the latest technologies and innovation in high performance construction to produce better buildings.”

Great Gulf is building high performance homes to differentiate themselves from the competition and offer customers tomorrow’s homes today,” said Andy Oding, a widely recognized building consultant. “Homebuyers typically look for aesthetic finishes, but Great Gulf goes beyond this by using innovative construction techniques and materials to build homes that are on average 20 per cent more energy efficient than required under the current Ontario Building Code.”

Great Gulf’s Optimum Discovery Home was built with the support of Union Gas’ Optimum Home Program, which equips builders in legacy Union Gas territory, with leading-edge technical and marketing training from renowned building science experts with an extensive background in energy efficiency and sustainable housing. The goal is to help builders design, build and market high-performance homes which exceed the current Ontario Building Code efficiency standards. The Optimum Discovery Home is located at the Oakville job site. Email Great Gulf at or visit for more information.

Through the Optimum Home Program, builders have access to the knowledge and tools, which will assist them in their journey to produce some of the most efficient homes on the market. In turn, homebuyers will benefit from high-performance homes that are more healthy, durable, and comfortable to live in, while significantly cutting energy bills.”



Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group of companies including Great Gulf Homes an international award-winning, low-rise and landmark high-rise residential developer providing over 70,000 families with places to call home; Ashton Woods Homes, the 3rd largest private builder and 18th largest in the U.S.; First Gulf, an innovative market leader in sustainable, accessible and transit-oriented commercial developments and large scale design-build industrial facilities; Tucker HiRise, a leading construction management company, specializing in the construction of high-density, mixed-used projects; H+ME Technology, a precision engineering panelization manufacturing facility; and Taboo Muskoka, one of Canada’s top-ranked golf courses, is one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. With major projects in Canada and the United States, the company’s fully-integrated activities span the entire real estate spectrum.


Enbridge Gas Inc. is Canada’s largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with a more than 170-year history of providing safe and reliable service to customers. The distribution business serves about 3.5 million customers, heating over 75 per cent of Ontario homes. The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution, Enbridge Gas Inc. is the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.



Madeline Zito, Vice President Public Relations Great Gulf
416 744 2222 C 647 938 1851


Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010