Environmental factors focus on how an organization impacts the natural environment, such as its carbon emissions, waste management, and conservation efforts. At LTT, environmental factors are incorporated into all our projects and aspects of our business.
At Opera Square, Limerick Twenty Thirty is breaking new ground in the construction industry’s sustainability drive thanks to a unique reuse and repurpose programme that is giving new life to stone and brick that would otherwise be discarded. Circular Economy initiatives are a key aspect of ensuring LTT put its core sustainability value into action. In this vein, LTT firstly prioritised the minimisation of waste by retaining 16 buildings deemed to be of historical importance on the site. The goal of reusing large quantities of material form the Opera Demolition and Enabling phase has resulted in materials being brough back into use throughout the Limerick City and County region.
The ‘reuse’ programme commenced with what was the country’s first ever pre-demolition audit, which identified in advance of demolition works which materials could be reused. Among the projects the materials have since been diverted to are the Canal Harbour Building and bridge and old stone wall repairs around the county.
Significant volumes also have been diverted to training programmes for young stone masons, which has been supported by the Economic and Social Intervention Fund through Limerick City and County Council Regeneration programme. In total, 99.3% of waste was diverted from landfill within the Enabling Works Contract of Opera Square Project.