Canadian green construction technology company Nexii Building Solutions Inc. (Nexii) has partnered with fast-food chain Popeyes to deliver its newest Canadian restaurant in Abbotsford, B.C. The new restaurant was constructed in less than two weeks.
The new restaurant is Popeyes’ first location constructed using building materials and technologies that are more sustainable than those used in traditional construction.
According to a press release, Nexii’s high-performance green building products are precision manufactured in plants to project specifications using 3D software. This process means Nexii panels can fit together like jigsaw pieces onsite, accelerating standard build times by between 50 to 75 per cent (compared to the historical time required to build a standalone restaurant of similar size in Canada). This process—where products are manufactured offsite and assembled onsite—enables Nexii to eliminate almost all onsite construction waste.
Nexii anticipates its technology will reduce the Popeyes restaurant’s operational building carbon emissions by approximately 30 per cent (compared to a traditionally constructed restaurant) as a result of two innovations: its choice of building material and assembly process. Nexii’s proprietary material, used within its building panels, is more thermally efficient and less carbon-intensive than concrete. When assembled, the Nexii panels create an airtight building envelope. Together, this markedly improves a building’s energy efficiency and, in turn, lowers the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for ongoing building operation.
The Popeyes restaurant is expected to open by fall 2021.