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published: 20/3/2008
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BRE Global launches consultation for a Responsible Sourcing Framework Standard

BRE Global are creating a new product standard that will provide a level playing field for the sustainability of construction products. The framework will take into account specific environmental, economic and social impacts and provide recognition for suppliers embracing genuine sustainability.

The proposed scheme will assess products by focussing on responsible sourcing and product stewardship, addressing the social, economic and environmental impacts of construction products over their whole life.

Products will be assessed by looking at existing quality, environmental, health and safety management systems together with other important criteria including:

  • global warming emissions 
  • minimising raw material usage 
  • labour practice
  • biodiversity 
  • social dimensions and impacts 

Development of the standard has been influenced by the addition of a responsible sourcing credit which has been included in BREEAM since 2006.

The scheme is open for consultation until May 2nd. For further information and to take part visit www.bre.co.uk/responsiblesourcing

Press enquiries : SIMON GUY, Tel 01923 664305, guys@bre.co.uk; HELEN BALL, Tel 01923 664303, ballh@bre.co.uk.

Technical enquiries : KRISTIAN STEELE, Tel 01923 664414, steelek@bre.co.uk.

Notes for Editors

1          BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global's product testing and approvals are carried out by recognised experts in our world renowned testing laboratories. BRE Global Limited is custodian of a number of world leading brands including:

  • - LPCB for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Books
  • - BREEAM the world's leading environmental assessment method for buildings, sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building's environmental performance.

BRE Global's mission is to ‘Protect People, Property and the Planet' and is a trading subsidiary of the BRE Trust, the registered research and education charity which owns the BRE Group. For further information please contact: BRE Global, Garston, Watford, WD25 9XX, Tel: 01923 664100, Fax: 01923 664910, Email: enquiries@breglobal.com or visit http://www.breglobal.com/

2          BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the world's leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings, with over 100,000 buildings certified and over half a million registered. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance. Credits are awarded in eight categories according to performance. These credits are then added together to produce a single overall score on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good and Excellent. The operation of BREEAM is overseen by an independent Sustainability Board, representing a wide cross-section of construction industry stakeholders. http://www.breeam.org/.

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