Honeywell and Nexii Building Solutions Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to further the development of buildings with a reduced environmental impact. This alliance names Honeywell as the exclusive building technologies supplier for new buildings constructed by Nexii, providing products that offer energy savings and operational efficiencies.
The companies will integrate Nexii expertise in high-performance and efficient building systems with the Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator powered by Honeywell Forge, an affordable and scalable building portfolio management system designed specifically for small- to medium-sized buildings. The Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator can save users up to 30% in facility energy costs, improve visibility into building portfolio performance, and help facility managers optimize occupant comfort, operational performance and safer asset management. Honeywell will also provide its industry-leading fire and security systems to support Nexii-constructed buildings.
More than 90% of the U.S. commercial building stock consists of properties under 50,000 square feet, and most of these buildings lack a proper building management system (BMS) to manage energy usage, according to EnergyStar. The Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator enables multi-site businesses to drive smarter building operations and meet compliance requirements.
Nexii’s green building products are precision manufactured in plants to project specifications using 3D software. This allows Nexii panels to be able to fit together like jigsaw pieces onsite, accelerating standard build times by 50% or more. This process – where Nexii products are manufactured offsite and assembled onsite – enables Nexii to eliminate significant construction waste. Nexii’s breakthrough materials and building processes allow for higher energy savings, near-zero construction waste, and substantially less climate impact than a traditional concrete building.
Recent Nexii projects include a first-of-its-kind Starbucks café built using Nexii’s revolutionary construction technology located in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, developed to support Starbucks Canada’s aspiration to operate more eco-friendly stores under its global sustainability strategy. Also, 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.
Sustainability Matters Again
Sustainability took a backseat during the height of the pandemic. According to HT’s 2020 Customer Engagement Technology Survey, few were focused on recycling and environmental sustainability in 2020, but operators cannot and should not forget the importance of the environment to their guests and to the overall future of the hospitality industry. Restaurant brands are touting their Earth-friendly commitments. Just Salad will expand its Reusable Bowl Program to digital orders and offer participating customers loyalty rewards in its mobile app. KFC has gone all in on sustainable packaging. Taco Bell is partnering with TerraCycle to tackle recycle its sauce packets. In April, Chipotle announced a 51% waste diversion rate through recycling, composting, and waste-to-energy programs.
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 introduction research and development investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.