Nexii constructed the new restaurant in Abbotsford in less than two weeks, supporting the Popeyes brand’s rapid growth and expansion in Canada. The new restaurant is the brand’s first location constructed using building materials and technologies that are significantly more sustainable than those used in traditional construction.
Scheduled to open to the public by the fall of 2021, the new Popeyes is located in the same retail development where Nexii constructed a first-of-its-kind sustainably built Starbucks drive thru store.
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.
Former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson joined Nexii in 2020 as its executive vice-president of strategy and partnerships.
“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,” said Robertson.