Nexii constructed the new restaurant located in Abbotsford, British Columbia in less than two weeks, supporting the Popeyes brand’s rapid growth and expansion in Canada. Popeyes now has 12 restaurants in the province, and the new restaurant in Abbotsford is the brand’s first location constructed using building materials and technologies that are significantly more sustainable than those used in traditional construction.
Nexii’s high-performance green building products are precision manufactured in plants to project specifications using 3D software. This process means that Nexii panels are able to fit together like jigsaw pieces onsite, accelerating standard build times by between 50% – 75%. This process – where Nexii products are manufactured offsite and assembled on site – enables Nexii to eliminate almost all onsite construction waste.
Nexii anticipates that its technology will reduce the Popeyes restaurant’s operational building carbon emissions by approximately 30% as a result of two key innovations: its choice of building material and assembly process. Nexii’s proprietary material Nexiite, 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, significantly lowers the greenhouse gas emissions for ongoing building operation.
Gregor Robertson, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships at Nexii, said: “Over the next four decades, the equivalent of 500 New York Cities will be built around the world as cities grow dramatically. It’s essential that all new construction is also green construction to keep our planet healthy and liveable.
“We are proud to partner with major retailers, like Popeyes, to help them reduce the environmental impacts of their new buildings. At Nexii, we have married sustainability with speed of delivery: not only can our technology reduce climate pollution by approximately 30%, but we can also accelerate construction timelines.”
Robert Manuel, General Manager for Popeyes in Canada, said: “As a company, we are committed to building the most loved restaurant brands in the world, and reducing our environmental impact while doing so. We are therefore excited to partner with Nexii to reduce the carbon emissions of an upcoming Canadian restaurant in British Columbia. This is just one of many steps we’re taking as a Brand to positively affect climate change, and we’re looking forward to continuing this important sustainability journey with our restaurants.”
In December 2020, Nexii constructed a first-of-its-kind sustainably built Starbucks drive thru store. The Starbucks store and the Popeyes restaurant are both located in the same retail development in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Nexii is in talks to deliver further projects at the site.
The Popeyes restaurant is expected to open to the public by the fall of 2021.
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