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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fifth Town Wins National Design Award!

Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory has won the Staff Choice Design Exchange Award. The awards were announced on November 25, 2008 at a gala dinner held on the historic Trading Floor at the Design Exchange (DX), Canada s design museum. Established in 1991, the Design Exchange Awards are the only Canadian multi-disciplinary design competition to judge designers work on commercial effectiveness. Presented by Canadian Business Magazine, the Awards support the DXs mandate to foster business and public understanding of the impact of design excellence on the economy and businesses. A few weeks ago, Fifth Town also won the Green Building Design Award from Wood WORKS! and yesterday, an Award of Excellence from the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition.

An exhibition showcasing all finalist projects will be on view at DX until March 2009 and the project can be viewed in the December issue of Canadian Business Magazine. For more information see and

(image by Ben Rahn, A-Frame Inc.)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fifth Town wins 2nd award!

The Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory's innovative use of geothermal technology was recently recognized with an Award of Excellence by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition. The technology that was recognized by this award was a 12 ton Ice Kube GeoExchange™ system, which works by transferring heat from areas requiring cooling (i.e. the refrigerators) to areas requiring heat (i.e. the hot water tanks). When there is an excess or deficiency in heat, the heat pump draws a glycol-water mixture from the 1600 meter (5250 feet) long underground slinky loop, thereby making use of the earth’s thermal mass. For more information please see:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fifth Town Cheese Wins Wood WORKS! award

The Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory has won the 2008 Wood WORKS! Green Building Wood Design Award. The Wood WORKS! Awards (by the Canadian Wood Council) recognize people and organizations dedicated to pioneering and preserving the use of wood in Ontario. The Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory makes substantial use of wood in its various forms. Examples include Durisol's stay-in-place wall form system made from waste wood chips, reclaimed wood from local barns, and more than 55% FSC certified lumber and sheet goods. Finally, wood chips were used to promote natural cultivation in the herb gardens and constructed wetlands. Past winning projects include the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Region Conservation Authority's Service Centre, and the Ottawa and Toronto locations for the Mountain Equipment Co-op. For more information on the Wood WORKS! awards please see:

(images by Ben Rahn, A-Frame Inc.)

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fifth Town wins cheese awards

Fifth Town has won several cheese awards at the annual Royal Winter Fair Cheese Competition in Toronto, including three first prize ribbons and one Grand Champion title. This is an exceptional result considering that Fifth Town started producing cheese from their new sustainable factory less than 5 months ago. Says Owner Petra Cooper "We are off to a great start as a new enterprise that desires to make a difference to the culinary and economic life of the community, and demonstrate to all those skeptics out there that small scale, local dairying can indeed succeed on all measures in Ontario." For more information see

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