PBC Today | September 28, 2020
With SMEs accounting for the vast majority of the construction supply chain, adopting digital transformation could bring significant benefits for the whole industry, yet the evidence suggests they are being left behind. What needs to change? Industry 4.0 is a general term that refers to a range of emerging technologies that many believe mark the fourth industrial revolution. Underpinned by data and analytics, these new technologies are heavily focused on interconnectivity, automation and machine learning. For the construction industry, they represent a world where seamless technology platforms will help improve productivity, promote flexible production capability, create high-value jobs, aid competitiveness and, ultimately, drive growth to support national economic success. However, for the digital transformation of the construction industry to be successful, we need to see adoption not just by large enterprises but in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which make up a significant percentage of the industry.
Honeywell | July 16, 2021
Honeywell and Nexii Building Solutions Inc. today announced the creation of a strategic alliance to promote the development of low-impact buildings. This alliance identifies Honeywell as the exclusive building technology provider for Nexii's new buildings, offering energy savings and operational efficiency solutions.
Nexii's expertise in high-performance and efficient building systems will be combined with the Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator powered by Honeywell Forge, an affordable and scalable building portfolio management solution developed especially for small- to medium-sized buildings. The Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator can help customers save up to 30% on facility energy costs1, enhance insight into building portfolio performance, and assist facility managers in optimizing occupant comfort, operational performance, and asset management. Honeywell will also provide industry-leading fire and security systems to Nexii-built buildings.
More than 90% of the commercial building stock in the United States is under 50,000 square feet. The majority of these buildings lack a proper building management system (BMS) to control energy consumption.
Unlike competitive products, which are either traditional BMS solutions designed for large-scale, complex buildings or simple heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control systems designed for smaller-scale use, the Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator enables multi-site businesses to drive smarter building operations and meet compliance requirements.
Nexii's high-performance green building products are precisely manufactured in facilities utilizing 3D software to project specifications. This enables Nexii panels to fit together onsite like jigsaw pieces, reducing standard build times by 75% Nexii can reduce substantial construction waste via this method. Nexii products are manufactured offsite and assembled onsite. Nexii's groundbreaking materials and building processes provide greater energy savings, near-zero construction waste, and a much lower environmental impact than a traditional concrete building.
Recent Nexii projects include a first-of-its-kind Starbucks café in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, constructed using Nexii's innovative construction technology to assist Starbucks Canada's goal to operate more eco-friendly stores as part of its global sustainability strategy. In addition, a new Popeyes restaurant was also built in Abbotsford using Nexii's building system. Nexii anticipates that their technology will reduce the operational building carbon emissions of both the Starbucks café and the Popeyes restaurant by about 30% compared to traditionally constructed buildings.
Honeywell has committed to be carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company's track record of significantly lowering the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities and its decades-long history of innovation to assist its customers in meeting their environmental and social goals. Approximately half of Honeywell's new product launch research and development investment goes toward products that enhance customers' environmental and social outcomes.
Nexii Building Solutions Inc. (Nexii) is a green construction technology company dedicated to building a sustainable future for people and the planet. Nexii creates high-performance buildings and green building products that are environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and resilient to climate change. The Nexii System also reduces construction timelines significantly, allowing for the fast development of green buildings throughout North America. Nexii is suitable for industrial/commercial/institutional, mixed-use, multi-family residential, single-family homes, and the green retrofit sector.
About Honeywell Building Technologies
Honeywell Building Technologies (HBT) is changing how buildings operate to enhance people's quality of life. We are a global leader in building controls, with operations in over 75 countries and a global channel partner network. Commercial building owners and operators use our hardware, software, and analytics to help create safe, efficient, and productive facilities. Our solutions and services are used in over ten million buildings across the world.
Universal Engineering Sciences, McGinley & Associates | June 17, 2021
Universal Engineering Sciences (UES), a national leader in infrastructure specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting, has acquired McGinley & Associates, a well-known environmental engineering and consulting firm. McGinley & Associates employs around 40 environmental engineers, geologists, scientists, and environmental field technicians in Reno and Las Vegas who serve the Western United States. UES recently committed to growing from a $300 million privately owned firm to more than twice its size through smart acquisitions and organic growth.
McGinley & Associates has assisted with some of Nevada's most significant site remediation projects, as well as several important mining and exploration projects, as well as cutting-edge industrial, manufacturing, and renewable energy projects and initiatives. The company has been a long-term, reliable contractor for the state of Nevada on several environmental concerns and projects. Hydrogeology, geochemistry, air quality permitting, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), soil and groundwater investigations, site remediation, spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans, stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP), biology, and National Environmental Standards (NES) are among the specialties.
UES is well-positioned to service the demands of commercial, residential, and civic customers across the country, with over six decades of experience and recognized as the top infrastructure business in the geotechnical engineering area. Recent mergers with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C., and GEOServices, LLC have resulted in UES becoming one of the largest and most resource-rich organizations of its kind.
About Universal Engineering Sciences
Universal Engineering Sciences, headquartered in Orlando, is a rapidly growing infrastructure firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting. UES is considered a pioneer of the industry and stands at the forefront of emerging technology, best practices, and influential legislature. Projects include both public and private clients, ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial and education. UES engineers, geologists, certified inspectors, and scientists offer an unwavering commitment to excellence, approaching each project as an opportunity to cultivate enduring relationships with clients.
About McGinley & Associates
McGinley & Associates, based in Nevada, is a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm committed to impeccable service, technical skills, and professionalism. Specialties include hydrogeology, geochemistry, air quality permitting, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), soil and groundwater investigations, site remediation, spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans, stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP), biology, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) services, and much more. The McGinley team is dedicated to the details that ensure success for any project. Experience and expertise are the foundation upon which the environmental solutions are built. The McGinley team delivers products and services that raise the bar for value in the environmental consulting industry.