Nexii picks Honeywell for green building work

  • July 21, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Canadian construction technology company Nexii has named Honeywell as an exclusive technology supplier for new starts.

The alliance aims to further the development of buildings with a reduced environmental impact.

The companies will integrate Nexii expertise in high-performance and efficient building systems with the Honeywell Forge, a scalable building portfolio management system designed for small- to medium-sized buildings. The Honeywell Small & Medium Building Administrator can save users up to 30% in facility energy costs, improve visibility into building portfolio performance, and help facility managers optimise occupant comfort, operational performance and safer asset management. Honeywell will also provide its fire and security systems to support Nexii-constructed buildings.

“Continuing to find ways to creatively reduce the impact that buildings have on the environment is incredibly important and Nexii is doing just that,” said Doug Wright, CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies. “This alliance brings together our decades of building automation experience with Nexii’s novel construction techniques. This combination of experience and innovation will allow us to help customers address environmental challenges and meet sustainability goals by reducing aspects of buildings’ environmental impacts, from construction to day-to-day operations.”

More than 90% of the US commercial building stock consists of properties under 4600 square metres, and most of these buildings lack a proper building management system (BMS) to manage energy usage. Unlike traditional BMS offerings built for large-scale, complex buildings or simple heating, HVAC control systems for smaller scale use, the Honeywell administrator enables multi-site businesses to drive smarter building operations and meet compliance requirements.

“We are excited to work with Honeywell to further our mission of lowering the environmental footprints of the buildings we deliver to our clients,” said Stephen Sidwell, CEO of Nexii. “Adding Honeywell’s expertise at saving energy through its powerful building management system as well as improving responses in the case of emergency with its fire and security products will enhance the value proposition for Nexii customers. Now, we can increase speed of delivery with a construction process that is less damaging to the environment while also providing systems that drive the building’s ongoing energy efficiency and safety after completion.”

Nexii’s green building products are precision manufactured in plants to project specifications using 3D software. This allows panels to be able to fit together like jigsaw pieces onsite, accelerating standard build times by 50 to 75%. This process – where Nexii products are manufactured offsite and assembled onsite – enables Nexii to eliminate significant construction waste. Nexii’s materials and building processes allow for higher energy savings, near-zero construction waste, and less climate impact than a traditional concrete building.

Recent Nexii projects include a Starbucks café in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, developed to support Starbucks Canada’s aspiration to operate more eco-friendly stores under its global sustainability strategy.

Also in Abbotsford, a Popeyes restaurant was constructed using Nexii’s building system. Nexii anticipates that its technology will also reduce both the Starbucks café’s and Popeyes restaurant’s operational building carbon emissions by about 30% compared with traditionally constructed buildings.

Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. About half of Honeywell’s new product research and development investment is directed towards products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.