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05/28/2021

Popeyes Plans Sustainable Restaurant

QSR partners with green construction technology company Nexii to deliver new sustainable restaurant in British Columbia, reducing onsite construction waste and cutting building emissions.
Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Green construction technology companyNexii Building Solutions Inc. announced that it has partnered with QSR Popeyes to create a new restaurant using sustainable building materials and technologies.

Nexii constructed the new restaurant located in Abbotsford, British Columbia, in less than two weeks. The location, which will be Popeyes' 12th in the province, will open this fall and is the brand’s first location constructed using more sustainable building materials and technologies.

Reducing Onsite Waste

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.

Nexii says its technology reduce climate pollution by approximately 30% while accelerating construction timelines.

“As a company, we are committed to building the most loved restaurant brands in the world, and reducing our environmental impact while doing so," said Robert Manuel, General Manager for Popeyes in Canada. "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.

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