Responsibly sourced concrete
BES 6001 Framework Standard for the
Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products has been achieved by
most major concrete companies, including Aggregate Industries,
Lafarge, Cemex, Tarmac and Hanson.
When it comes to responsible sourcing, the
concrete industry is leading other construction materials.
More companies are to follow as the concrete
industry has taken steps not just to achieve, but to exceed the UK
Government Sustainable Construction Strategy target that at least
25 per cent of construction materials should be sourced from
suppliers with responsible sourcing certification by 2012.
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
Responsible sourcing of construction products
is an increasingly important issue for specifiers and clients. It
touches all aspects of the supply chain. Of all construction
products, concrete is best placed to deliver the highest level of
responsible sourcing due to the local availability of materials,
short supply chains and regulated management systems.
A full list of approved resposibly sourced
products can be found on BRE's Green Book Live
Quick facts on responsible sourcing:
- Responsible sourcing is a holistic approach to the sustainable
assessment of materials.
- Responsible sourcing of materials (RSM) is demonstrated through
an ethos of supply chain management and product stewardship and
encompasses social, economic and environmental dimensions and is
broader than the scope of many stewardship schemes.
- The latest listing of responsibly sourced materials to BES 6001
can be found at www.greenbooklive.com.
- The concrete industry is the first to link its sustainable
construction strategy to BES 6001.
- Eco-reinforcement is the certification scheme for responsibly
sourced reinforcement steel to the standard BES 6001,
To gain accreditation to BES 6001 the organisation must
have as a minimum:
- A responsible sourcing policy and comply with all relevant
- A quality management system that must follow the principles of
- Have a greenhouse gas reduction policy and measures that comply
with ISO 16064-1.
- Have policies that cover the efficient use of resources.
- Demonstrate that at least 60% of its constituent raw materials
are fully traceable through its quality management system.
- This increases to 90% in order to achieve the highest
performance in this area.
- Demonstrate that the supply chain has document environmental
management systems that comply with ISO 14001.
- Demonstrate that the supply chain has documented Health and
Safety system that are compliant with local legislation and record