Thursday 3 March 2022

Optima leads the way with its portfolio of Environmental Product Declaration

Optima Products (Optima), a leading manufacturer and installer of aluminium-framed glass partitioning systems, announces the publication of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) across ten of its product categories.

As building products are becoming increasingly scrutinized for their environmental impact, the move represents a major milestone in Optima’s objective to become one of the world’s most sustainable partitioning system manufacturers.

The publication of Optima’s EPDs is the culmination of a 5-year process, requiring a high level of accurate and comprehensive information to prove the business’s sustainable credentials.

Based on factual data derived from Life Cycle Assessments (LCA's), EPDs are composed in compliance with ISO 14025:2006 Environmental Labels and Declarations - Type III Environmental Declarations. Subject to rigorous external inspection and audition, 12 months of production data from Optima’s manufacturing facility in Radstock, UK was verified by an independent third party to ensure full transparency before the EPDs could be confirmed.

Significantly, as the data presented in EPDs follows a standard format, eliminating the need to interpret different kinds of Life Cycle Assessments, or data claiming to be an LCA, it simplifies the specifier’s comparison process.

Optima also holds ISO 14001 certification, reflecting an emerging industry standard around measuring the environmental impact of individual components. As criteria specifiers are increasingly curious about LCAs during the product selection process, it’s a must-have for any building product manufacturer in the age of green design.

Ultimately, Optima’s EPDs give specifiers the confidence, clarify and affirmation they are working with certified products that have undergone rigorous assessment, and meet official standards which guarantee environmental best practice.

Commenting on the achievement, Christian Mabey, Managing Director of Optima Products says:
"Optima has always strived to be at the forefront of the environmental agenda and to surpass specifier requirement and expectations.
"As the EPDs offer thorough data and information about the manufacturing of each of our products, architects, designers and fit-out professionals alike can be confident they are making a sound decision when it comes to specifying partition systems which meet the brief’s requirements for sustainable, functional and stylish office spaces.
"Representing the next step in our ongoing ESG strategy, we hope this achievement will further encourage commercial specifiers to make greener choices when it comes to product selection."

The EPDs are now available across the Optima range of products, this includes the recently launched Optima Adaptable Wall (OAW), the Adaptable Meeting Room (AMR), single glazed/double-glazed partitions and the entire door systems range.

To find out more about Optima’s Environmental Product Declarations, click here

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