BES 6001, the BRE standard, has been published to enable
construction product manufacturers to ensure and then prove that
their products have been made with constituent materials that have
been responsibly sourced. The
standard describes a framework for the organisational governance,
supply chain management and environmental and social aspects that
must be addressed in order to ensure the responsible sourcing of
The concrete industry is the first industry to
link its sustainable construction
strategy to BES 6001 and has produced a guidance document that
supports the implementation of the standard. Designers can now
easily source accredited material and gain maximum credits in
sustainability assessment tools such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM.
Because concrete is locally sourced it means
that monitoring its supply chain and ensuring its adherence to
environmental, social regulatory and legislative benchmarks is
A presentation by Jane
Anderson, BREEAM Materials from BRE Global, entitled
'The Green Guide and BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing for
Construction Products', is available for viewing.
A BSi publication called
6001: 2009 Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products' and
is available for download, free.