BRE Global have signed a licence agreement with the British Board of Agrément (BBA) to provide Environmental Profiles certification for construction product manufacturers.
BRE's Environmental Profile Certification Scheme is the authoritative standardised method of identifying and assessing the environmental effects associated with building materials over their life cycle, covering their extraction, processing, use and their eventual disposal. The methodology underpinning the scheme establishes a set of common rules for applying life cycle assessment (LCA) to UK construction products and a means for presenting "embodied" environmental data which cuts through the confusion of claims and counterclaims about the performance of products.
Carol Atkinson, Chief Executive of BRE Global said "BRE Global and BBA are two highly authoritative standards and certification bodies in the construction sector, with a long standing tradition of independence and impartiality. By coming together in this way, the two organisations are providing the construction sector with wider access to Profiles certification and advancing the cause of more credible and sustainable construction".
Greg Cooper BBA's Chief Executive welcomes this move stating "Given the importance now being attached to the environmental performance of construction materials it is vital that the leading certification bodies have the same approach. This licence arrangement with BRE Global will provide both capacity and competition in the market whilst ensuring consistency of conclusion".
BRE Global is now training BBA staff to provide certification services in this area and the first BBA certificates should start to be appear later this year.
For more information on Environmental Profiles go to www.bre.co.uk/envprofiles.