History of sparkbird

In 2017 WZMH created the Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP), an innovative prefabricated building product which would inspire the development of other unique smart building technologies and forward-thinking concepts. Some of these product and concepts include Black Box, mySUN, floor sensors, prefab wood floor systems, green energy producing devices, various software applications, and building integrated photovoltaics. Before we knew it our lab was in full swing!!

A portion of our office has become an active research and development lab space with working prototypes on display. Here, we develop and test new ideas and software applications in collaboration with industry partners as needed. sparkbird is the culmination of the success of the lab since its inception. It is now the official name of WZMH’s research and development arm that is igniting change in our built environment.


What we do

At sparkbird, we focus on innovative solutions for the built environment. Our thought-provoking, state-of-the-art ideas aim to generate new efficiencies in construction through the reduced consumption of energy and materials. Accordingly, sparkbird research and development is centered around off-site construction, IoT use in buildings and new methods of construction.

About our name

The name sparkbird is known as the first bird that sparks one’s interest in birding. It represents a powerful moment that inspires new feelings and ideas which can have a profound impact on the course of one’s life. For us, that moment was when we developed our first advanced building product that helped propel our concepts and ideas onto an international stage. We feel this name encapsulates the spirit of the lab, which is focused on igniting innovation, growth, and forward-thinking ideas.


In the lab

Current research and development initiatives include the study of innovative insulation and air barrier assemblies for improved thermal performance of the building envelope. This work includes the development of an APP which measures power usage and temperature inside mock-ups of insulated assemblies.

A prefabricated module for residential buildings up to 30 storeys is currently in concept development with a mock-up to be constructed in the summer of 2022 by Spring Valley. 

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