BBA and BRE Global Sign Eco-Profiling Agreement
Environmental considerations are weighing ever-heavier in the minds of today’s specifiers, buyers and building owners and manufacturers have been focusing on the environmental aspects of their products as never before.
Unfortunately some claims are more valid than others and the phenomenon of ‘greenwash’ – has developed. The eco-profiling system developed by BRE Global provides a rigorous and consistent approach to assessing the environmental impact of construction materials.
The BBA is delighted to announce that it has signed a licensing arrangement with BRE Global to enable BBA Certificate holders and other manufacturers to seek eco-profiling direct from the BBA and consequently where appropriate listings in The Green Guide.
BBA Chief Executive Greg Cooper states ‘We are naturally anxious to provide this service to our customers as soon as possible but we are equally determined to ensure absolute consistency between our results and those produced by BRE Global. We therefore have a training period for our own staff first using a limited number of real projects before we can consider taking on volume eco-profiling for our extensive client base. We anticipate completing this by early 2009’
The BBA/BRE agreement has been welcomed by the manufacturer base. Jane Thornback, Environmental Policy Advisor at the Construction Products Association, said ‘I am delighted that this new agreement has been reached. This new agreement between BRE and the BBA will increase capacity and shorten the time frame for profiling. More and more companies want to have their products environmentally profiled as they see this as necessary for the market place. To now have multiple licensed users of the extensive life cycle dataset held at BRE is a great step forward’.
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