The following is a press release form the global manufacturer Trane and the Vancouver, British Columbia–based sustainable construction technology comapny Nexii announcing a collaboration to construct sustainable commercial buildings. Jason McLennan, fomer CEO of the International Living Future Institute and founder of the Living Building Challenge, has been named Nexii's impact architect.
Trane by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator, and Nexii Building Solutions Inc. (Nexii) announced they have joined forces to create sustainable commercial buildings with significantly reduced carbon footprints. The collaboration combines Nexii’s expertise in high-performance and efficient building construction with Trane’s digitally enabled EcoWise high-efficiency climate comfort systems to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.
Trane will be the exclusive North America heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) supplier for new, sustainable buildings constructed by Nexii including retail stores and restaurants. Nexii’s building designs use an innovative building system and proprietary material, “Nexiite,” that minimizes embodied carbon, construction waste, and energy use, while reducing build times and costs versus conventional building products. Trane’s leading connected heating, cooling and indoor air quality portfolio will enable these buildings to reduce energy use and improve their indoor environment.
“We’re proud to work with Nexii to help transform how buildings are constructed, heated and cooled for a more sustainable future,” said Paul Camuti, chief technology and sustainability officer for Trane Technologies. “Heating and cooling of buildings accounts for about 15 percent of global carbon emissions. By combining our climate and comfort solutions with Nexii’s unique construction approach, we can help our customers drastically reduce their carbon footprint and meet their business goals, while doing the right thing for the planet.”
“Our collaboration with Trane is another outstanding step in supporting our mission to innovate and reduce climate impacts of buildings and construction,” said Gregor Robertson, executive vice president, strategy and partnerships for Nexii. “Bringing together our breakthrough, airtight building solutions with Trane’s highly-efficient HVAC systems means our clients can commit to even greater energy savings and more significant sustainability commitments.”
Nexii’s breakthrough material Nexiite has comparable properties to concrete, but contains no Portland cement or lime, significantly reducing end-to-end carbon emissions. Nexiite is used in Nexii Panels that are precision manufactured in specialized facilities, then flat-packed and shipped to site where they are rapidly assembled with up to 75% faster build time. Nexii creates near-zero construction waste onsite, and produces buildings that are airtight and energy efficient, further reducing climate impacts.
Recently a first-of-its-kind Starbucks café in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, was built with Nexii to support Starbucks Canada’s aspiration to operate more eco-friendly stores under its global sustainability strategy. A new Popeyes restaurant was also constructed using Nexii's building system in the same complex. Nexii anticipates its technology will reduce both the Starbucks café’s and Popeyes restaurant’s operational building carbon emissions by approximately 30% compared to traditionally constructed buildings.
Trane Technologies takes a collaborative approach to climate innovation. The company launched its 2030 Sustainability Commitments to usher in bold change in its industry. They include the Gigaton Challenge, a pledge to reduce customer carbon emissions by one gigaton, as well as commitments to achieve carbon-neutral operations, gender parity in leadership, and workforce diversity reflective of its communities.