Architects and specifiers have seen their choice of sustainably manufactured bricks and pavers increase after products from three more Wienerberger factories were awarded BES 6001 responsible sourcing certification. Brick and paver products from the Denton, Kingsbury and Waresley factories have all recently been awarded BES 6001 responsible sourcing certificates.
Products now accredited include the new Henfield Multi from Warnham; the 100 per cent recycled Denton Smooth Cream; the Harvest Buff from Waresley; as well as the full range of Baggeridge Blue bricks from Kingsbury and the SUDS
system Aquata pavers, believed to be the first clay paver in the industry to achieve this accreditation.
, the world’s biggest brick manufacturer, became the first in the UK to achieve BES 6001 certification when products from its Warnham factory were accredited in August 2009. The benchmark is being rolled out to all of its UK manufacturing facilities, as part of Wienerberger
’s commitment to achieving certification for all clay products with inherent sustainability credentials.
The clear benefit to specifiers is the acceptance of the standard under the Code for Sustainable Homes. Use of BES 6001 certified materials provide confidence in the provenance of products and gives extra credits under the code at a time when developers are under increasing pressure to reach ever more demanding sustainability standards.
Keith Barker, Wienerberger
’s commercial director, said achieving the standard was not only good practice for any responsible manufacturer, but had also proved to be a popular move with customers. He said: “We understand the demands on our customers to achieve certain ratings and strive to support them through the development of new products
with increased recycled content or higher thermal insulation values for example.
“In addition to that, accreditation to BES 6001 enables us to offer customers a blanket reassurance that products have been assessed and accepted by the UK’s leading, independent sustainability authority. By removing the barriers, we provide specifiers with both peace of mind and the freedom to choose products
on the basis of their relevance and aesthetic value to their individual projects. Over the last year we have been pleased to hear from the sales teams that the BES 6001 accreditation is one of the key factors for specifiers requesting information about our Warnham products.”
The BRE Global Environmental and Sustainability Standard (BES 6001) provides a framework for assessing the responsible sourcing of construction products. To meet the Standard, organisations must satisfy a number of requirements relating to organisational management, the supply chain, environmental issues and corporate social responsibility. In the case of each factory, Wienerberger
has demonstrated local sourcing of raw materials - thereby reducing delivery miles - use of green energy and recycled water, reduction of emissions, and working with the supply chain to help them to achieve BES 6001 compliance.
Derek Hughes, from BRE Global, said: “BRE Global works closely with manufacturers to develop this Standard to provide a level playing field and help specifiers navigate the sustainability credentials of construction products. BES 6001 takes into account specific environmental, economic and social impacts and provides recognition for suppliers embracing genuine sustainability
. We are delighted to confirm Wienerberger
’s continued commitment to the programme with the accreditation of its factories.”
Details of the Wienerberger
bricks and pavers which have been approved to BES 6001 can be found on www.greenbooklive.com
– the online database designed to help specifiers and end users identify products and services that can help to reduce their impact on the environment.
Individual product certificates are available from Wienerberger
and can be downloaded from the Wienerberger website www.wienerberger.co.uk