Siemens Corporation and Nexii Building Solutions have signed a partnership to further the development of buildings with a reduced environmental impact, the former company said in a release.
The collaboration combines Nexii’s expertise in delivering green building products with Siemens’ digital power distribution solutions and eVehicle charging equipment. This includes efforts to digitize Nexii’s specialized manufacturing facilities and create efficiencies that will accelerate the production of sustainable building products across the U.S. and Canada.
Nexii designs and manufactures innovative buildings and green building products that are sustainable, cost-efficient, and resilient in the face of climate change. Its building solutions have a lower carbon footprint with 20-33% less embodied carbon, and use approximately 33% less energy overall and 55% less heating energy, the company said.
Using a proprietary building material, Nexiite, that has comparable properties to concrete but contains no Portland cement or lime, Nexii products significantly reduce end-to-end carbon emissions. Nexiite is used to create Nexii Panels for use in airtight commercial, industrial and residential buildings, and Siemens will layer its eVehicle charging equipment and power distribution solutions on top of Nexii product offerings. This combination will further increase energy efficiencies, minimize energy waste and help reduce climate impacts for Nexii’s clients.
The partners noted that this Future Ready Total Building Solution directly addresses issues faced by corporations and building and construction industries striving to meet net zero carbon commitments in line with the latest climate science. Siemens joins Nexii, and existing Nexii partners Honeywell and Trane Technologies, in contributing innovative products to this Future Ready Total Building Solution. The Siemens partnership will also help Nexii speed up the production of building products with digital factory solutions that maximize efficiencies in the deployment, operation, and extensibility at Nexii manufacturing facilities.
Stephen Sidwell, co-founder and CEO of Nexii, said: “Our partnership with Siemens will not only help our clients with improved energy performance, further reducing their greenhouse gas impacts, but will also help Nexii improve efficiencies and speed delivery of our sustainable building solutions in our own facilities.”
Ruth Gratzke, president of Siemens Smart Infrastructure U.S. said, “We are proud to support Nexii in realizing their vision of innovating sustainable building solutions. Construction materials like concrete represent a large portion of a building’s carbon footprint. Nexii’s approach of combining the lower carbon footprint of Nexite with the cost, time and labor benefits of precision manufactured panel construction creates a unique offering taking sustainable, retail construction to a new level.”
Recent Nexii projects include a first-of-its-kind Starbucks café built using Nexii’s construction technology located in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Also in Abbotsford, a new 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 approximately 30% compared to traditionally constructed buildings.