If your organization, people and assets are ready to engage in a more holistic approach to greening the built environment, we’re here to help.
Viridis is a sustainability-focused multi-disciplinary design, development, property consultancy. We are driving the shift towards sustainability in the built environment by delivering high quality advice, project management, technical services, training and corporate change support.
Specializing in helping build better buildings and communities using a team of passionate individuals with different areas of expertise, we are an established Australian company that combines practical skills and wisdom as well as innovative thinking which draws upon the teams diverse backgrounds and experience. If you have projects intended to deliver positive impacts to the environment, community or bottom line, you will find us as passionate as yourself about the outcome.
Our passion, commitment and expertise ensure we consistently deliver outcomes that exceed our clients’ expectations.
We ask the tough questions, explore perceived boundaries and develop high quality solutions. These can range from a short report, which changes the approach to a project and its delivery, to ongoing advice, which integrates sustainability principles into every phase of the project.
Our purpose and goals
In simple terms, Viridis’ purpose is to improve the environment that we share. We do this by assisting organisations to improve the health – of their buildings, their activities, and their environment more generally. We define health on a holistic basis, extending for example beyond just a person’s or building’s vital signs. Our overall goal is to have as large a positive and meaningful impact that we can on every project we are involved in, with a deliberate intent to work with clients in many sectors. As such, Viridis has been involved in projects ranging from energy efficiency in commercial buildings and water resources in schools, to food waste benchmarking in supermarkets, and indoor environmental health in the homes of Australia’s older residents.
More specific goals include:
- To continue extending our reach to projects beyond the built environment industry;
- To continue to work in all parts of Australia, and internationally;
- To continue to work with clients who are not necessarily the most privileged in our society;
- To continually grow our own team’s skills base, expertise, and experience so that we can continue to achieve and exceed our goals.
Viridis’ has a simple governance and decision-making structure, as the sole operating Director owns 100% of the organisation and is ultimately responsible for the company. There are no other investors, shareholders, or partners, however the ‘flat structure’ of Viridis means that suggestions made by all staff are considered seriously in the Director’s decision-making, and help shape the performance and future of the company.
Responsibility is distributed along three paths:
- Geographic: State Managers are responsible for the office they lead in each state, including delivery of projects, day-to-day management, and daily office operations.
- By discipline: Senior staff are responsible for undertaking valuable project work aligned with their expertise and interest, in alignment with Viridis’ purpose. Senior staff mentor junior staff, and regularly assess and take action on the needs of the staff.
- Task-specific: Viridis’ senior staff take responsibility for key non-project roles, such as Workplace Safety, Training, Marketing, and Information Technology.
Actions, Products, and Services
Viridis provide specialist advice and management services to help diagnose and resolve health issues for occupants in buildings and the environment more generally. This can include optimising building energy performance to improve occupant comfort, right through to assessing the exposure of building occupants to potential toxins and determining what needs to be done to make spaces healthier. Our Supply Chain is typically quite straightforward. Viridis may be engaged directly by a building owner or occupant, or through an intermediary such as a project manager, builder, architect, insurance advisor, or property manager. Viridis in turn purchase the services and equipment from other small niche businesses to assist – this can be from provision of specific scientific instruments through to expert certification of engineering advice. Viridis does not have any formal alliances / affiliates stage, but has strong relationships and active working relationships with organisations that align with Viridis’ purpose and values. These relationships exist for the mutual benefit, enabling each to expand service offerings to give clients better results.
Involvement in social and environmental causes
Viridis’ day to day operations exist to address social and environmental causes, and have policies in place to ensure that the work we engage in does not involve increases in negative products (e.g. weapons, alcohol, tobacco, people-trafficking, pornography, or the nuclear industry), and commits to positively being involved in positive products and services (e.g. renewable energy, affordable housing, public transportation, pollution and waste management, animal welfare, or promotion of the arts and sciences). As an organisation, Viridis aims to be a net positive contributor to the environment and society, moving beyond simply reducing its negative impacts to a position where it restores and adds more back to the environment and society than it consumes in its operations. As well as being an active supporter of the ILFI’s JUST Label, Viridis is on track to update our GRI report at the end of June 2015, and look forward to assessing changes since our previous report was completed in 2011.
Our involvement in social and environmental causes is not however limited to typical work operations, as Viridis staff are encouraged to undertake other direct-action initiatives, such as ‘home-grown-organic-food’ outreach program to schools, providing guidance to families affected by natural disasters such as flooding, or sharing a meal with a homeless person. We aim to enable the varying interests of individual staff members to educate others on these initiatives, with the expectation this may provide inspiration for future initiatives.
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