Preparing for construction is a critical step in every project, regardless of its scope. To set our clients up for success, an effective and efficient pre-construction phase is critical. Our experienced pre-construction team effectively collaborates and works with clients to limit risks and provide realistic recommendations throughout development and design helping with costing and feasibility analysis.
We are prepared to work with clients and consultants to help develop innovative solutions that may require “outside the box“ thinking, providing the best solutions in the design, budgeting and scheduling of projects. For Buttcon we offer everything from project financing, to development, design management, constructability, and facilities management input. Clients prefer to work with Buttcon and use our services to review preliminary designs and build out preliminary budgets. These first steps to price certainty allow clients to eliminate unnecessary project risks and helps establish milestones for project success.
Buttcons Visual Design Construction/BIM teams use 3D modeling to create a collaborative forum that visually plans the construction of a building at every phase of pre- construction and construction. Modelling provides a clear portrayal of the project to all stakeholders demonstrating the design, construction, and management of a structure. A key component of the process is to enhance early collaboration and communication among all parties throughout the duration of the project, and to facilitate information sharing. This system is put into place during the design stage, estimating and progressing into the construction stage of a project through to commissioning. By doing this we identify the needs and constraints of a project which result in a safer, faster, and cost-efficient process.
Buttcon uses LEAN construction methodology to help us improve construction efficiency and quality while minimizing waste on a project. LEAN construction enables clients, consultants and trades to collaborate and resolve any issues prior to starting construction and will help achieve continuous improvements throughout the project life cycle. What is learned in one project can be applied to the next there by enabling us and our partners to improve our efforts on future projects. For example through collaborative discussions we can reduce resource use and time to build, this proactive approach can help reduce costs and shorten construction timelines.
For Buttcon LEAN construction helps teams recognize gaps and project shortcomings in the construction process and it allows us to take constructive actions to improve the project. Ultimately the benefits of LEAN construction include an increased understanding of the project and can impact the environmental footprint.
PREFABRICATED AND MODULAR
Rapid construction solutions incorporate leading edge construction methodology with technology, utilizing modular design and prefabricated panel construction to provide clients reduced construction schedules, improved quality, improved safety, and a sustainable building solution.
Buttcon partners with clients to select the best, most viable, value-driven qualified manufacturer that can not only collaborate effectively but utilizes sustainability, technology, and guarantees delivery of the manufactured components for the project. Buttcon has fully integrated rapid construction partners from across Ontario, Canada and internationally that provide the best solution for our client’s individual needs. Our manufacturers bring unmatched value, quality and commitment to each project and provide design-assist insight to projects.
Rapid construction is dependent on early collaboration with all parties in the early design phases. Our commitment to early collaboration is the foundation of a successful project. With the use of 3D, and 4D modeling Buttcon and its partners can work with Clients in creating project models, ensuring that all design and technical issues are identified and solved before site plan approval. This proactive partnering approach can rapidly reduce the schedule, reduce labour costs and minimize or even eliminate change orders and design revisions.
Buttcon believes in sustainable building and its potential to improving the quality of construction and the long- term benefits of building for a better quality of life for generations to come. Buttcon is a founding member of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council and supports our staff and trade partners by ensuring that they receive the training and experience needed to provide the best sustainable solutions.
Experience has taught us that to apply “sustainable” thinking to our projects we need to consider which activities and strategies best apply to each unique project. These strategies include LEED, Net Zero and Passive House building methods that reduce the impact of the project on the environment and to construct a space that will be both comfortable for the occupants and allow for continued future expansion and/or re-use.
With our collaborative approach on implementing strategies for sustainability, we provide the best solutions for Clients to not only build effectively but also respect the environment, serve the community, and helps others to see the benefit of living sustainably, leading the way for a healthier future for us all.
Upbrella International Inc. and Buttcon Limited have entered into a licensing and partnership agreement for the deployment of Upbrella’s high-rise sheltered construction technology in Ontario with the potential of expansion across Canada.
Upbrella International, a business unit of 3L Innogenie, deploys Upbrella’s patented high-rise sheltered construction technology. With Upbrella, the final roof is installed first with successive floors built and lifted into place without tower cranes, Typical Upbrella solutions consists of a protective enclosure with a peripheral work platform and integrated materials-handling systems to create a manufacturing-like environment for improved productivity, worker safety and faster project delivery.
Upbrella International has received multiple innovation awards including the 2017 PwC Vision 2 Reality (V2R) Innovator of the Year Award in the “Disruptors” category, and Most Innovative Product of the Year 2016 from the Toronto Construction Association.
DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT SOLUTIONS
BUTTCON Energy Solutions
The Government of Canada’s Green Building Strategy identifies that “Buildings account for 13% of Canada’s direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, representing 482,000 commercial and public buildings in Canada”. To reach our 2050 targets over 16,000 buildings would have to be retrofitted annually.
Our Deep Energy retrofit solutions can effectively meet net zero, passive-house, and WELL standards with a holistic building analysis and a construction process that dramatically reduces energy consumption and increases building value. With a design-build approach, we bring best-in-class partners allowing clients to achieve their energy targets with minimal tenant disruption and schedule certainty.
Deep energy retrofits require a multi-disciplinary team that can design and build according to the client’s energy and financial needs. Technology and data drive detailed energy modeling that leads to an effective design that utilizes off-site construction solutions followed by detailed commissioning and verification. Successful deep energy retrofits benefit building owners, operators, and tenants by reducing maintenance costs, increasing rental income, energy savings, increased property value, and provides a healthier sustainable environment for tenants.
Buttcon’s energy solutions team was founded in technology, data, and energy modeling. Our partners provide real-world solutions that are available today.
QEA Tech has developed a building envelope performance benchmarking solution based on the principles of thermography and UAV flight. This solution has been deployed in over 500 buildings in North America to identify energy conservation measures resulting in savings of over 50%. As part of the Deep Energy Retrofit Initiative from Button Energy solutions, this technology will be used to baseline building envelope performance and identify ECMs. Once the retrofit is complete, QEA Tech will audit the building again to verify its energy performance against design.
Upbrella has developed a sheltered facade retrofit solutions for mid-rise to high-rise buildings that significantly reduce construction timelines and minimize site logistics with minimum work-site nuisances for occupants and neighbors. The full weather-protected work zones allow for multiple trade partners to work simultaneously and year-round to deliver projects twice as fast, with best-in-industry worker site safety and ergonomics.
The UnitiWall Corporation introduced a revolutionary, ultra-high-performing building enclosure system that is sought after by Architects and Developers targeting net zero buildings. Traditional, modern hard-clad rainscreen systems are assembled and installed on-site with no offsite prefabricated option.
UnitiWall’s fully unitized wall system integrates products such as opaque glass, aluminum composites, sintered stone, stainless steel, GFRC, and more. The system offers compelling advantages over current curtain wall systems: with true rain screen functionality, the structural ability to carry heavier cladding materials, seismic and wind loading resistance values required by code for tall buildings, fully integrated high-performance window systems, non-combustible continuous insulation and patented Thermal Plenum Technology resulting in “bridge free” thermal performance that exceeds Passive House standards. The 100% non-combustible assembly is pre-manufactured as a fully unitized wall assembly ready for installation on new builds or deep energy retrofits.
Our approach includes consultation, funding options, pre-construction, construction, and verification providing clients with less tenant disruption, reduced construction schedules, with cost and schedule certainty. This progressive design-build collaboration effectively solves deep-energy retrofitting and building repurposing by simplifying the complexity that is usually involved in the retrofitting of the existing inventory of aging buildings in Canada.