A BC-based green construction company pioneering environmentally-friendly building technologies has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant on Vancouver Island that could employ up to 200 workers.
Alexzi Building Solutions (Alexzi), has issued a request for information (RFI) to solicit bids from local real-estate developers capable of delivering a state-of-the-art 150,000 square foot industrial complex for the production of Nexii construction materials and panels designed to spec.
The RFI identifies the Capital, Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo regions as suitable locations, with a development window targeting delivery of a production-ready plant by early to mid-2023.
As a Certified Nexii Manufacturer, Alexzi’s plant will be able to provide near-zero waste and significant carbon emission reduction on all projects, compared to traditional steel and concrete construction methods. Precision-designed, pre-manufactured Nexii panels achieve high energy efficiency and use greener materials, significantly reducing climate impacts that buildings and construction have caused for decades.
Nexii products can reportedly reduce onsite build times by up to 75% without sacrificing water and fire resistance or earthquake resiliency. Such efficiency, according to Anne Tanner, Executive Vice President of Royal LePage Commercial’s leasing and sales division, can yield significant budget savings critical to providing attainable housing in southwestern BC.
“As a Nexii’s manufacturing partner, accessing leading green construction technology and products, Alexzi is at the forefront of breakthrough 21st century building materials with a proven track record in British Columbia and expanding in jurisdictions throughout North America,” Tanner said. “These materials not only match or exceed the physical and functional qualities of standard building products, but they do so in an environmentally-forward, financially competitive way that is vital to Vancouver Island’s supply of safe, modern and affordable homes or commercial properties.”
Tanner and her team at Royal LePage Commercial are representing Alexzi Building Solutions in the company’s efforts to established a presence on the Island and supply growing demand for Nexii’s products currently manufactured at a facility in Squamish.
“Nexii’s Squamish operation is ramping up to meet demand for its products and Alexzi’s certification to manufacture Nexii’s panels will provide additional capacity. Nexii and Alexzi are important allies in the provincial government’s pursuit of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions , producing near-zero waste modern buildings and addressing the challenges of adding higher housing densities in cost-effective ways,” Tanner says, adding that “the fast pace of construction, the pre-manufacture of panels in a manufacturing plant and quickly assembled onsite, also lowers impacts on local communities through almost zero waste and less community disruption.”
Alexzi CEO Amber Simpson said she is excited to announce Vancouver Island as the next manufacturing target for Nexii and looks forward to speaking with stakeholders as the company pursues suitable plant sites. “Bringing a Nexii Certified Manufacturing plant to Vancouver island [will] address the extreme need for an affordable, durable, repeatable, airtight and energy efficient building solution,” Simpson said. “We look forward to working with local trades, leaders and changemakers to bring this innovative new product to our Island,” Simpson continued.
Created by construction industry stalwarts Michael and Ben Dombowsky, Nexii was born out of the energy crisis of the 1970s, when research and testing began at the hands of the Dombowsky brothers in pursuit of efficient and sustainable methods of building. Today’s material science advancements coupled with market demand for innovative alternatives to steel and concrete have created a niche for Nexii solutions currently expanding its network of certified manufacturers to address rapidly rising demand.