Revolutionizing the home building process
$140,000 MTAF 2.0
plastic bottles removed from waste stream
faster than traditional construction
Founded by Ben Davis, Acadian Composite Materials (ACM) is looking to make a positive impact on the country’s housing shortage. With its revolutionary advanced composite building material system, ACM is improving the home building process by replacing traditional building materials such as wooden studs, sheetrock, plywood, and insulation with a more environmentally friendly product.
To reduce environmental pollution, ACM uses recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic as one of the main components in their building system. PET plastic is 100% recyclable and one of the most commonly used recycled plastic in the industry due to its strong yet lightweight nature. On average, a sheet of ACM’s sheathing materials removes more than 1,000 plastic bottles out of the waste stream and oceans.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, ACM’s building system is also significantly faster than the traditional construction process¬– 90% faster. On average, a 40 feet wall using the traditional stick frame building method is comprised of 852 parts and pieces. But with ACM’s building system, the same 40 feet wall is comprised of only one part. ACM’s all-in-one panel is comprised of the outer wall, inner wall, insulation, and structure. With a more simplified and efficient system, ACM constructed buildings are completed at a much faster rate compared to traditional construction systems.
But like many companies, the pandemic critically disrupted ACM’s supply chain. Forced to innovate, ACM realized it needed to develop its own building system to stay competitive. To do so, they needed to scale production and improve its processes. Thanks to financial help from MTI, ACM was able to bring production in-house from third-parties’ vendors. With the funding, ACM built their own production and manufacturing facility. Additionally, they also purchased essential equipment including trailers to cut and move panels. This was a key milestone for the company as it provided more control, faster lead times, higher margins, and allowed them to create a patentable technology.