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22 Mar 2017

Ethical Labour Sourcing – A big leap for BRE, the industry and society

The Centre for Sustainable Products at BRE has a long tradition with product environmental assessment with products such as Environmental Profiles and the Green Guide to Specification. Over the past few years I have seen this evolve from a very quantitative approach to recognise...
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06 Sep 2016

Sustainable refurbishment – how to better understand, measure and reduce the embodied impacts

Around 10% of UK emissions are associated with the manufacture and transport of construction materials, and the construction process; and refurbishment projects make up a significant percentage of activities in the built environment. The UK is committed to reducin...
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03 Aug 2016

Research on novel cements to reduce CO2 emissions

‘Concrete is likely to continue to be the primary volume construction material for most structural applications and its use is likely to grow in future. Portland cement (PC) and blended PCs are currently the only economic binders for concrete that can match the performance...
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01 Aug 2016

11 things you didn’t know about wood!

HMS Victory not all oak! One of the most famous warships in the world under Admiral Lord Nelsons command at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 ensured HMS Victory’s place in the history books. We know the oak forests of Britain were harvested to build the fleet that ensure Britannia...
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18 Jul 2016

Keep Calm and Produce EPD

Following the decision for the UK to leave the EU and the political turmoil that has subsequently followed there have been many questions as to what Brexit will mean for our nation. One of these aspects relates to our involvement in European Standard committees of which BRE are...
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19 May 2016

Time to tackle EPD and generate better value for business

BRE is about to launch BRE LINA (On-Line LCA Tool) at an event on 23rd June at Watford. There has been a steady growth in the number of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for construction products over the past five years but what industry needs is a quick and simple way to...
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27 Apr 2016

Time to review Responsible Sourcing

BRE is now starting a consultation process to update the BES 6001 standard. Currently at version 3, BRE is planning to issue a version 3.1 before the end of the year. Existing certificate holders and any other interested parties have been invited to the kick off meeting on 12th...
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10 Mar 2016

Willmott Dixon and Sir Robert McAlpine Case study; Responsible Sourcing

BRE launched the first BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing (BES 6001) in October 2008 to meet industry and Government demand for a multi-sector and authoritative third party certified responsible sourcing scheme. The standard specifies requirements for...
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27 Jan 2016

Sustainable supply chains: Are you doing enough?

The arrival of the Modern Slavery Act will send ripples throughout the industry, not knowing it is simply not an answer. So how can BRE make a positive change in this space? Organisations with a turnover of more than £36m will have to start making publicly available statements...
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08 Dec 2015

Responsible sourcing network APRES given new home at BRE

BRE manages the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing network – APRES – from 2016. Now in its 5th year, APRES was created by Loughborough University with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and extensive support from a number of...
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