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Sustainable products and materials

With our extensive experience and knowledge of the environmental performance of building products and materials, we can advise you on specifying those that are both fit for purpose and able to improve sustainability.

We have also developed standards and methodologies for life cycle assessment and certification of the environmental performance of building materials and components, and databases of products and services designed to help with their selection:

EN 15804 Environmental Product Declaration - provides the core set of Product Category Rules for the Europe-wide generation of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for construction products.

Environmental ProfilesCertification Scheme - provides ongoing independent, third party assessment and certification of materials and products for their environmental performance.

Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products - a Standard (BES 6001) against which product are assessed to ensure that they have not, for example, been manufactured in ways that damage the environment or unfairly exploit the workforce.

Green Guide Online - listings of  building materials and components that have been assessed in terms of their environmental impact across their entire life cycle - from ‘cradle to grave'. This accessible and reliable information aims to help those involved in the design, construction and management of buildings to reduce the environmental impact of their properties.

Green Book Live  - a free online database designed to help specifiers and end users identify products and services that can help to reduce their impact on the environment. It brings together listings from a number of organisations to deliver comprehensive information on green products and services, some approved to stringent environmental requirements and others based on information provided by manufacturers and trade bodies.

IMPACTallows construction professionals to measure the embodied environmental impact and life cycle cost performance of buildings. IMPACT is designed to fully integrate into 3D CAD/BIM (Building Information Modelling) software. The results generated by IMPACT can be used to gain credits in whole building assessment schemes like BREEAM.

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