News & Awards
PolarBlock (FORM Innovations) is gratified to have the support and appreciation of several important agencies and industry partners. The recognition of PolarBlock as a highly insulated, climate resilient solution ensures we are able to educate and expand our application throughout the built environment.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) announced Seed Funding of $2.5 million for 25 Canadian companies developing new technologies to fight the effects of climate change, contribute to the circular economy, and promote the well-being of people and protection of nature. This latest cohort showcases the scope
of sustainable innovation in Canada across diverse sectorial industries – from agriculture to transport to healthcare and the built environment. These companies are developing impressive technology solutions that have the potential to deliver significant environmental benefits to Canada FORM-PolarBlock is grateful to be chosen as one of only 25 recipients in Canada of Sustainable Development
Technology Canada’s funding cohort for 2023. SDTC helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions.
We greatly appreciate Foresight Cleantech Accelerator for supporting our development as a sustainable corporation and nominating us for SDTC funding. Our focus is on providing high performance buildings in an affordable and easy to implement package to maximize the construction industry’s transition to energy efficient housing. PolarBlock’s high performance building envelope is intended for both below ground and above ground applications.
This funding will enable PolarBlock to further develop high quality building innovations allowing builders and developers to easily achieve energy efficiency in housing.
SDTC EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FUNDING - JANUARY 2023
SSRIA -member spotlight
FORM - PolarBlock's mission is to provide a high quality and energy efficient building envelope in a manner that is readily accessible by industry. They believe that most companies are looking to build better and more efficiently, but that the first wave of high performance products were cumbersome to implement, and not accessible for the average builder.
Founder Ray Paiement designed PolarBlock in a way to eliminate energy loss through the rim joist and sill plate region, an area traditionally vulnerable to heat loss. This results in an extremely airtight structure, enabling it to easily pass blower door tests.
Their product is a higher performing, simpler to construct polyurethane concrete form. PolarBlock itself is tested to R31 thermal resistance, enabling builders to easily achieve high insulation values (this does not include the additional R value achieved by adding drywall and cladding). This product is also tested to be three times stronger than typical concrete forms, enabling speed of construction with a simple labour force.
building envelope feature
"Experts in the building envelope sector are the answer to preserving Canada's existing building stock".
FORM - PolarBlock is featured on page 9 of Award Magazine's Buiding Envelope feature as an expert of innovative and forward thinking building envelope design. Award is the preeminent industry publication serving all of Architecture / Design / Construction industries.
Kanaka Bar Resilient Housing Solutions Challenge
FORM's highly insulated PolarBlock was chosen from 49 international candidates to supply a climate resilient building envelope to rebuild fire ravaged Kanaka Bar First Nations homes in Lytton, BC.
The Kanaka Bar Resilient Housing Solutions project is a community-led and community-driven initiative. SAIT is leading a collaborative team with participants from Foresight Canada, Seko Construction and Okanagan College over 10 months to create foundational options for rebuilding in the Lytton region.
When we heard this project description we knew our PolarBlock would be the strong, simple solution to this important initiative.
Our Management team attended the Entrepreneur to CEO retreat with CETAC West in Banff, AB. This valuable week was an incredible opportunity to refine our intention to provide high quality, highly insulated product to the Net Zero and Green Building elements of the construction industry. The postive response we received on the benefits of our product and process validate our commitment to this movement.
SSRIA Green Building Technologies Showcase
Our CEO Ray Paiement presented at this important Alberta Energy Summit. Along with like-minded industry partners we discussed the benefits and importance of ensuring our highly insulated PolarBlock is part of the conversation around ensuring sustainable, simple to construct building envelopes.
Startup TNT Cleantech Investment Summit
FORM was chosen as a Top 20 Finalist from over 100 candidates to present our company and process for potential Cleantech investment to local industry partners, angel investors and fellow entrepreneurs. This process built valuable connections within the Cleantech space, and valdated our commitment to ensuring our clients have access to emerging Cleantech partners for our product.
CHBA Net Zero Home Leadership Summit
Top 10 Emerging Innovations Showcase
This gathering of top Leaders in Net Zero construction for the Canadian Home Builders Association chose our PolarBlock PCF as their Top 10 Emerging Innovation for 2021. From a highly reputable and progressive association this is a huge validation of our quality and appropriateness for Net Zero construction.