SIMPCW Resources Group Ltd. and Paradigm Building Solutions Ltd. have announced the forming of a joint venture to pursue a goal of creating net-zero, energy-efficient, wood-constructed homes and commercial buildings throughout British Columbia.
“We will jointly pursue business opportunities to supply open-wall panels for the construction of homes and commercial buildings,” said a press release from Emily Bassett, Marketing Manager for Paradigm Panels. “Moreover, we will work together building homes that comply with the rigorous Step Code 5 energy standard.”
Step Code 5 basically means that a house can produce about the same amount of energy (e.g. through solar) as it consumes on average per year. This net zero standard will only become mandatory in B.C. in the year 2032.
Bassett said Step Code 5 is viewed as a great way not only to reduce Green House Gases, but also to create more comfortable, energy efficient houses. Commonly, those houses are perceived as more expensive to build, but through standardization and automation the joint venture will strive to bring construction costs down.
Paradigm’s fully insulated closed wall panels are used for passive houses and net zero housing solutions. The venture sees this innovative company as only the third in the world to bring this unique technology to market, by offering sustainable housing solutions to Canadians through prefabrication.
“We see huge potential working together with the SIMPCW Resources Group Ltd,” said Murray Velichko, COO of Paradigm Building Solutions Ltd. “There is not only huge demand for First Nation housing, but energy efficient homes also align well with our values and those of our joint venture partner.”
Brook Carpenter, Manager Business Relations at SIMPCW Resources Group Ltd added, “Together we will build a new generation of net zero efficiency housing for First Nations and third parties. This is a huge step for the industry and we are proud to be amongst the first to take on this challenge together.”
Simpcw Resources Group Ltd. (SRG) is a diversified construction resource company comprised of multiple professional operational services. The company’s purpose is “to create a community that fosters respect and self-sufficiency using sustainable and environmentally responsible methods that honour the culture of Simpcw First Nation.”
SRG’s goals include creating economic growth from the commercial development of natural resources within the public and private sectors, including forestry, aggregates, pipeline and civil works, construction, environmental, security, and archaeological.
Paradigm Building Solutions Ltd. has been operating a fully automated 23,000-square foot manufacturing facility on the Louis Creek Industrial Park in Barriere, B.C., since the fall of 2020. The owners have invested in a highly innovative technology that utilizes robotics for the building of open wall panels used in wood constructed buildings, including larger residential and commercial projects. The facility can produce up to 1500 linear feet of open wall panels per day – the equivalent to three large single family dwellings per day.