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Great Gulf Receives the Ontario Wood Works! 2017 Canadian Wood Council Environmental Award and Wood Champion Award



Toronto, October 2017 – Great Gulf was recognized at the 17th Annual Wood WORKS! Awards night at the Delta Toronto Hotel with two Wood Design Awards. Active House Centennial Park was selected as the winner of the  Environmental Building Award and Tad Putyra, President and COO, Great Gulf Low-Rise and President H+ME Technology of the  Wood Champion Award. The awards program honours individuals and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction. “We are very proud to have been recognized with these two very prestigious awards, acknowledging our highly process-driven approach to conscious home building,” said Great Gulf President Christopher Wein. “Our team under Tad Putyra’s leadership is committed to researching and implementing sustainable technologies and energy efficient innovations to significantly reduce the carbon footprint with a focus on comfort, energy and a healthy living environment.”

Active House Centennial Park employs an innovative structural wood and wall system with an integrated air barrier that streamlines the weatherization process and transforms the assembly of exterior walls into a simpler installation process. The system is an integrated 3-ply exterior sheathing material (Rigid Insulation, OSB Sheathing and House Wrap), saving on triple handling of material and installation time. An advanced indoor automated manufacturing plant allows wall and floor assemblies to be built as integrated panels in a controlled environment. The H+ME Technology facility is supported by construction visualization, prototyping and fabricating technologies that reduce environmental waste and increase energy performance through the manufacture of tight-fitting building components. Approximately 80% of the wood products (by weight) used are SFI certified and 89.5% of materials used will have recycling potential.

“I’m honoured to have been recognized by Ontario Wood Works! with the Wood Champion Award. This award belongs to the Great Gulf and H+ME Technology team of highly skilled staff for their dedication and commitment to advancing and realizing this vision,” said Tad Putyra, president and COO, Great Gulf Low-Rise. Tad Putyra has been a leader in wood innovation and panelization for over a decade. With an extensively trained and educated staff, Building Information Modeling and factory-built construction, H+ME Technology manufactures reliable, durable, precision-built homes and buildings that are constructed quickly and efficiently. It provides engineered panelized floor and wall systems to all low-rise and mid-rise projects with on-time delivery and precision detailing.


About Great Gulf

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 50,000 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 highdensity, 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.

For more information:

Madeline Zito, Vice President Public Relations

Great Gulf

416 744 2222 C 647 938 1851


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John Stephenson, President OAA, Jamie Lim, President & CEO OFIA, Madeline Zito, Vice President Public Relations Great Gulf, Tad Putyra, President Low Rise & COO Great Gulf, Shaun Joffe, Executive Director Sustainability & Building Sciences Great Gulf