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published: 15/9/2009
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How green is green - environmental profiling explained

On October 26 BRE Global will run a free event discussing how to validate claims about the environmental performance of building products.  BRE experts will explain the assessment process of the Environmental Profiles Certification Scheme which was established by BRE Global to provide ongoing independent, third party assessment and certification of construction materials and products for their environmental performance. 

Victoria Blake, BRE Global Associate Director, who will be speaking at the event said, "This will be a great opportunity for delegates to understand the process of Environmental Profiling. Manufacturer Gradus Ltd will talk about how approval has helped them enter new market sectors and Isabel Carmona, Code Assessor and Green Architect will discuss how important it is for Specifiers to be able to clarify if a construction product is as green as it claims it is."

Claims are difficult to substantiate without a universal measuring system and having a reliable means of assessing and certifying the environmental credentials of construction products is important to both the specifier needing to fulfil a sustainability brief and to the manufacturer wanting to demonstrate the environmental qualities of a product.   

Environmental Profile Certification allows product and system build manufacturers to demonstrate the environmental performance of their products in manufacture and in use.  Manufacturers can compare their products against others, show improvements that have been made and differentiate themselves within their market sector.   

Certificated Environmental Profile listings can be found on http://www.greenbooklive.com/


26 October, 4-6pm, BRE Watford, To book online go to www.bre.co.uk/events

For more information please contact:  Helen Ball, Tel +44 (0)1923 664303, E-mail, ballh@bre.co.uk

Notes for Editors

1          Environmental Profiles and Life Cycle Assessment Methodology

The Environmental Profiles Methodology is a standardised method of identifying and assessing the environmental effects associated with building materials over their life cycle. It establishes a set of common rules and guidelines for applying Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to UK construction products, to produce Environmental Profiles. In outcome Profiles provide a means for presenting "embodied" environmental data to cut through the confusion of claims and counterclaims about the performance of building materials.

Environmental Profiles allow designers to demand reliable and comparable environmental information about competing building materials, and gives suppliers the opportunity to present credible environmental information about their products.

This means that designers can have confidence in the "level playing field" status of Environmental Profiles for every material type.


2          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.  We are 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, which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building's environmental performance.

Our mission is to ‘Protect People, Property and the Planet' and we are 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/

Please contact BRE Global, e-mail marketing@breglobal.com, tel + 44 (0)1923 664100, if you are reading this press release past the issue date for an update on specific product or service content.  



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