Cascadia is a perfect example of strategic and principled innovation resulting in a market leading product that can make a difference. Mike leads the team that developed and is launching the revolutionary Universal Series window – the world’s first all-fiberglass framed window to hit Passive House thermal performance values of better than 0.8 W/m2, while simultaneously using only environmentally responsible materials that enable it to be Living Building Challenge – Red List Free. All this, with achieving simply unmatched performance: Tested to literally 0.00 air leakage, the maximum water penetration resistance of any product that is measured, and enough strength for an 60 square foot window to support the weight of 2 pickup trucks without failing.
Ironically, Cascadia’s largest commercial product, while fully legal in the USA and Europe, is not able to be used on many high rise buildings in Canada, based on building codes that pre-date fire sprinklers. At end of life, the entire window can be ground up and safely reused as filler in road construction. Mike also played a significant role in developing the Cascadia Clip – a revolutionary product created specifically to address the concern of thermal bridging in exterior insulated wall assemblies – now being exported to Europe.
If we are going to achieve our Paris climate commitments, a dramatic improvement in building envelope performance is absolutely critical, and the importance of innovators employing circular economy thinking cannot be over-estimated. For these reasons and more, we are pleased to team with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada to recognize Mike as the Clean50 Entrepreneur of the Year.