A fine line along the cutting edge

A fine line along the cutting edge

Centra Homes incorporates green features that blend newest techniques with consumer demands

Centra Homes may be a relatively “young” company, but its president has already learned a very valuable lesson – never settle for the status quo.
“With each project we build, we are seeking to implement newer and more effective green building strategies,” says Paul Lorusso, President of Centra Homes, with head offices in Toronto. “The green building industry is always on the cutting edge of green initiatives, however some of these initiatives may not have been adopted, or accepted yet, by the home-buying market.


“Our goal is to implement the newest initiatives available while still maintaining a sense of what our customers are seeking in a new home.”
With over 500 homes built to its credit, Centra Homes also tries to utilize a blend of contemporary design and materials, while maintaining an old-world craftsmanship. The company, which operated earlier under the banners of Braidwood Homes and Green Hill Homes, has keyed on creating communities, such as the now-open Mills Collection in Richmond Hill, the coming-soon Village Square Condominiums in Oakville and Royal York Shores in Etobicoke.
The Mills Collection, for example, features detached surrounded by an established executive community, close to Richmond Hill’s amenities. That way, the company says, homeowners can enjoy the best of life, with schools, shopping, entertainment, libraries and community centres – all within easy reach.


So The Mills Collection combines the best of two worlds – exciting new home designs located in the heart of an established, vibrant urban town.

On the cutting edge of design, some of the features offered include:

  • Poured concrete basement walls with drainage membrane for a water-tight finish and proper drainage.
  • Maintenance-free vinyl casement windows throughout.
  • 200 AMP electrical service.
  • High efficiency forced air gas furnace with electric ignition and HRV unit.

The TARION Warranty Program covers all homes as follows:

  • Seven (7) year warranty for major structural defects.
  • Two (2) year warranty for defects in workmanship and materials on electrical, plumbing, heating and building envelope.
  • One (1) year warranty for defects in workmanship and materials.


And all their low rise homes are currently Energy Star rated – which is the mark of high-efficiency products in Canada, says Lorusso.

“We also take the extra steps to install equipment in our homes for rain water harvesting,” he says. “This will permit our homeowners to reduce water consumption for outdoor use, which is especially important in the first year of a new home when frequent watering is needed for freshly laid sod.”


Furthermore, he says, Centra Homes takes an extra step by providing accessibility for future solar panel installation.

“We encourage our buyers to take advantage of this feature, once they take possession of their home,” he adds.

Centra Homes and its affiliate Centra Developments are multi-disciplinary companies with expertise in land development, new home construction, condominium construction, and commercial development. Centra Homes and its principals have been in the residential home building industry since 1985. Their communities and projects are at the forefront of design, functionality, and locations most coveted by today’s most discerning new home buyer. With over 500 homes completed by its principals to date, Centra strives to implement a high level of customer service and personal devotion to each home they build.



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