Approvals and Listings
Approval means confirmation by an expert third party that products and systems meet and continue to meet appropriate standards.
Approval provides a higher degree of confidence in the performance of a product than a ‘test', as it involves regular auditing to ensure compliance with the prevailing standards, which themselves are subject to regular revision.
This ongoing auditing process also helps to confirm that the product on the market is exactly the same as the product which was originally tested and approved.
We believe our approval marks - whether LPCB, BREEAM or others - stand for something special - they are true 'quality marks' which are recognised across the world.
Our approval process involves rigorous assessments and/or testing of products and services to ensure that they meet and continue to meet quality standards set by experts including, manufacturers, installers, designers, clients, regulators, insurers, engineers and scientists.
Our approvals are
- risk assessment based
- developed by experts
- recognised by regulators, major clients and insurers
- built upon independent science-based research from across the BRE Group
Certification, through regular audits, ensures that a product or service continues to comply with the standard and we grant approved product or service status based on rigorous certification.
All LPCB approved fire safety and security products are listed in the Red Books. Published annually and used across the world, the Red Books have become the de-facto directory of approved and trusted fire and security products and services. They are also available online at www.redbooklive.com, where the lists are constantly updated with all the latest information. Whilst the Red Books are predominantly geared towards the fire and security industries, they also include listings of companies approved under management and quality systems.
GreenBookLive.com is a free online database designed to help specifiers and end users identify products and services that can help to reduce their environmental impacts. It brings together listings from several organisations to deliver comprehensive information on green products and services, some approved under BRE Global certification schemes (for example for microgeneration products and services) with other listings provided by other reputable bodies.
Green Book Live lists licensed BRE Global Accredited Energy Assessors, BREEAM assessors and the new BREEAM Approved Practitioners.