What is your objective in launching the website: www.Hyclyff.com?

Our goal is to share the following: By using the strength of individual buying power, collectively we can positively impact the economy. If we all strive to buy regional no matter which country we live in, we will not only help the environment, but will also increase the number of jobs and opportunities on a regional level. Please support the local farmers, artists, trades people and construction workers. We are hoping that in sharing information about companies that are manufacturing within North America, that it will make it easier for those who have purchasing decisions for their own projects. Whether you are building a dream home, a new hotel or a high-rise tower, we hope that our Preferred Partners resources will make the selection process easier.

We don't quite understand why you selected 500 miles/800km as your bull's eye on the Beaver's Master Plan for Economic Viability. Where did this range come from?

I wish I could take credit for this. This range in buying from local sources was developed by LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Since 1998 they have been sharing the best green building practices. The Beaver's Master Plan is unique, in that this model not only incorporates a bull's eye of the 500 miles/800 km, but also adds concentric circles representing North America and the world.

Why didn't you include Mexico in your Beaver's Master Plan model?

This is a good question. This is purely based on our geographic location. We are building Hyclyff in Vancouver, Canada. The bull's eye epicentre is located within 500 miles/800 kms of Vancouver. If we were based in the Southern US, we would have developed a different sustainable model.

You selected a few special International products based on the design intent of Hyclyff. Could you share what inspired you from around the world?

We were very impressed with innovation from around the world. Our resilient window hardware and solar panels originate from Germany.  The design from Italy was exceptional, including that of various building products. There are many examples of superlative sustainable building products.   However, our intent was to buy local and source the best materials from Canada and the United States.

Why 80/20 and not 70/30 or 60/40?

We were inspired by the Pareto Principle - and the concept of being a part of taking "economic inequality" to "economic viability" via the power of individual purchasing decisions. For the benefit of both the local economy and the environment, let us all make the effort to buy local. If you live in Germany, then tap into the ausgezeichnet local building products. At the same time, think of us over here in North America. We have some great building products too. For us to build sustainable projects, we need to utilize the best technologies and innovations - no matter where they are from. Together we are better.

Do all of the Preferred Partners manufacture 100% of their goods in the US or Canada?

Another good question. The simple answer is no. There are so many component parts and supplies used in the manufacturing process that we could never absolutely confirm the origin of 100% of the goods of any Preferred Partner. Also, there are certain sectors such as electronics and solar power mostly produced oversees. However, we can state that these are the companies that we personally researched and invited to be part of the Hyclyff journey. We do not own or operate these firms...so their manufacturing processes and material sourcing may change over time. We are pleased to have discovered the very best construction industry partners.