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We take pride in being an ethical business, responsible for our people, our environment and our products. Constantly considering the future, and our role in it. We understand that achieving true sustainability takes far more than just minimising environmental impacts. Therefore, we are taking more of a holistic view and are integrating social and economic aspects into more and more of our projects. As a result, this guides us towards our goal of Sustainable Development in every aspect of the business.
We dedicate our focus to uncovering and utilising the most sustainable solutions, processes and methods available. In doing so, we hope to reduce our impact on the environment. We strive for the ability to sustain and the capacity to endure. Our future needs to focus on how we produce and consume, and the very ways in which we define and measure value and progress.
The WELL Building standard is run by the International WELL Being Institute (IWBI) and focuses on the building occupants’ environment rather than the building itself. It is the first industry standard to quantify and benchmark health and well-being features of the built environment. Furthermore, each feature of the WELL scheme is designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of building occupants, and is attributed to the human body systems that intend to benefit from its implementation.
LEED is the environmental assessment standard operated by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Considering materials, resources and indoor environmental quality, it seeks to improve a building’s environmental performance. Our project with Walls to Workstations at Twitter in Dublin contributed to a LEED platinum rating.
The UK’s prime built-environment sustainability scheme, BREEAM has grown into the most widely used certification for assessing the sustainability of building construction and fit-outs. Addressing key categories such as Materials, Health & Wellbeing and Waste BREEAM aims to mitigate the life cycle of buildings on the environment.
SKA is an environmental assessment tool designed specifically for landlords and tenants in the office and retail fit-out market. Operated by RICS it considers the specification and performance of systems and materials in the design/planning; delivery/construction; and occupancy stages of a project.
Portico is Google’s Healthy Materials on-line tool used to provide a product database for the selection and specification of healthy materials used in construction projects. We have therefore, undertaken work to consider the substances in our products and look to reduce any chemical deemed harmful.
Optima is committed to continuous improvement in sustainability performance and awareness amongst staff. This is reflected in achieving School GOLD level Membership status, having:
Download our SCSS Case study here
Download our SCSS certificate here
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For us, the most significant investment we can make in terms of development and growth is in the next generation. Apprenticeships, graduate programmes and internships are just a few of the options now readily available for those looking to further their education whilst earning a wage.