The Three Pillars
Other companies treat sustainability as an add-on. At DIRTT, it’s central to who we are and everything we do. Our culture. Our values. Our manufacturing and procurement processes. The way we design and build environments. Each area within our organization is influenced by our philosophy, practices and performance. These three pillars keep us focused, accountable and innovative so we never lose sight of our responsibility to the environment.
Our values and conservation philosophy give us clarity of purpose. They form the basis for how we make decisions about our operations, every new hire and what we pursue next. For us, developing policies and approaches that mirror our beliefs is a vital first step in establishing sustainable behaviors within our organization, industry and communities.
Ongoing innovation and the growth of our partner networks have been key to establishing our sustainable approach to interior construction. They’ve also enabled us to evolve our practices so that we can lessen our carbon footprint in multiple locations and at all stages of the construction process. From designing our solutions for reuse to our technology-driven manufacturing processes—we consistently evaluate what we are doing and how we’re doing it, so we can do it better tomorrow.
Strategically Located »Our manufacturing facilities are situated in key locations throughout North America in Calgary, AB , Savannah, GA and Phoenix, AZ. DIRTT Power is manufactured in Kelowna, B.C. to better serve the needs of our extensive Distribution Partner network.
Contribute to local economies »Having factories in strategic locations puts us closer to our key markets. This allows us to buy materials and contract services from local companies. Closer proximity to our supply chain and our Partners helps mitigate risk and supports local economies.
Assemblies are transported over shorter distances »With production facilities closer to our markets, assemblies travel shorter distances before arriving on the job site. This reduces transport costs and lightens our carbon footprint.
Technology-driven manufacturing processes keep factories small but productive »Implementing and evolving our manufacturing processes is essential in keeping our factories as small and productive as possible. Our process improvement teams monitor and adjust equipment along with process flows during manufacturing to decrease production times, deficiencies as well as energy and material use. Recent equipment and process flow improvements have saved us $1M and diminished the carbon footprint of our operations, with a savings to the environment equivalent to planting more than 250,000 trees.
When it comes to gauging our sustainability, we not only meet global industry standards, we’ve established new ones. In 2014, we set the official international standard for measuring and reporting how pre-engineered wall components measure up in terms of sustainability by engaging a third-party to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). From that process, 15 Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for our prefabricated walls were developed and verified. These EPDs represent an opportunity for other manufacturers to meet and build upon these standards. Data from the LCA and EPDs have given us important indications of where we are meeting our sustainability goals and areas that require attention and improvement.