BRE Global is an independent, third-party approvals organisation, offering certification of products, services and systems to an international market. BRE Global also offers research and consultancy services and is logo_breresponsible for the internationally renowned BREEAM family of schemes for assessing the environmental performance of buildings.

BRE Global works to ensure that fire, security, environmental and other products and services provide the quality of performance and protection that they should through:

  • Fire and security certification
  • Environmental certification
  • Management systems certification
  • Consultancy
  • Research, testing and investigation services
  • Training

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CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association. It is an independent, not-for-profit, member-based research organisation that exists to champion performance improvement in construction.logo_ciria

Since 1960, CIRIA has delivered support and guidance to the construction, built environment and infrastructure sectors.

There are many big challenges facing the construction industry. We are helping to addresses these challenges in a collaborative way.

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Lend Lease Project Management and Construction is one of the world’s leading project management and construction companies, forming part of the Lend Lease integrated property client. Our established environmental policy demonstrates our commitment to upholding high standards of sustainability wherever we have a presence. This policy drives our Environmental Management System (certified to ISO14001) which
informs all stages of our operations, ensuring that effective sustainability measures are implemented across all our projects.logo_ll

With our clients, designers, trade contractors and suppliers we endeavour to improve the environment on and around our sites. We have a systematic approach to reducing our carbon footprint by:

  • increasing the use of sustainable materials and equipment
  • reducing waste
  • increasing reuse/recycling

More specifically on the responsible sourcing of materials, procurement of responsibly sourced materials and avoidance of harmful materials form an essential part of our strategy to be a sustainable organisation. Our target is that our key construction materials will meet credible certification standards by the end of 2010.

Timber: On our work over the past eight years to procure timber from credibly certified sources such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has led to the following performance in 2009 (verified data):

  • 83% of timber used on our projects is FSC verified or recycled
  • 96% timber procured on our projects is from certified sources or recycled (approx 40,000 cu metres)

Concrete, steel reinforcement, brick and block work: The standard for responsible sourcing of construction products was established in 2008. In 2008-9 we worked with the supply chain to achieve BES 6001 (BRE Standard) accreditation for concrete procurement. We now specify concrete and rebar steel to this standard and its application is being explored for brick and block work, ensuring that we manage the risk for our clients in this area.

The implementation of our supply chain strategy on sustainability has been acknowledged as best in class winning the Business in the Community Example of Excellence for Responsible Supply Chain in 2010.

“By engaging with peer organisations across its industry, Lend Lease really punched above its weight. We were particularly impressed by the leadership and forward thinking of the company, and its openness in communicating progress.”
Andrew Hinkly, Global Head of Procurement, Anglo American, chair of the judges from Business in the Community Award, July 2010

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Ian Nicholson, RSL

Responsible Solutions provide specialist business improvement advice in the areas of environmental and social responsibility. We offer bespoke services in the areas of: Sustainability Policies, Environmental Management Systems, climate change and carbon footprinting, in-house training and Virtual Environmental Manager. Our main client base is primarily construction but we also work with: Engineering/Manufacturing, Waste Management, Specialist contracting and service based industries such as hotels and conferencing.logo_rsl

Our background on Responsible Sourcing varies from advising a steel manufacturer on gaining certification to Eco-Reinforcement; Ian Nicholson, our managing director, is also a member of the Eco-Reinforcement Scheme Council. We are also part of the Technical Support team for CEEQUAL and therefore have an interest in ensuring responsible sourcing is assessed in an appropriate way. In addition to this we are a partner with Loughborough and Nottingham University on the ReAdy project, which includes developing training resources on responsible sourcing for SME specifiers and manufacturers.

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Dr Tony Parry, University of Nottingham

Tony Parry is an Associate Professor in the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre, in the Departmentlogo_ntecof Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham. The Department was ranked fourth in the latest Research Assessment Exercise and NTEC is the leading UK University research centre in transportation engineering, as demonstrated by recently winning its third EPSRC Platform Grant. Tony’s research experience includes the use of waste and recycled materials as construction products, sustainable construction indicator development, Life Cycle Analysis and Corporate Social Responsibility within the construction sector. He is deputy chair of the ICE Environment and Sustainability Expert Panel and a member of the CIHT Asset Management and Sustainable Construction Panel.

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Professor Pete Walker, University of Bath

Pete Walker is Director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) at University of Bath. Pete is a civil engineer working in the joint Dept. of Architecture and Civil Engineering. His research interests include renewable construction material development (timber, hemp-lime, straw, natural fibre logo_uobcomposites), lime based materials (mortars, composites) and unfired clay construction. The BRE CICM, established in July 2006, is a partnership between BRE and the University of Bath. The centre conducts research on low impact construction materials, cement and concrete materials, timber engineering, seismic engineering, and advanced fibre composites in construction.

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Other Core Members of APRES

Aggregate Industries is a leading player in the construction industry, committed to creating logo_aggregatea better built environment. Aggregate Industries produce and supply a wide range of construction materials including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products. Aggregate Industries also import and supply cement materials and offer a national road surfacing and contracting service.


Simons is a property solutions company aiming to be first choice to our customers, employees and suppliers. Simons employ over 200 people who work on our sites and offices, providing quality, integrated solutions to brands and household names in the private and public sector including Tesco, Vodafone, M&S, House of Fraser and NHS Trusts.logo_simons

We have an established in-house capability to fund schemes and unlock space alongside the full range of design and construction services, from complex new-build to all sizes of fit out, maintenance and aftercare.

Our approach to responsible sourcing depends upon our teams and supply chains to deliver safe and healthy solutions using performance driven relationships, environmental management and accountability for our customers and communities.

Tarmac is the UK’s largest quarrying company and a major supplier of construction materials. It is a market leader in aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and lime production. Tarmac also a major cement logo_tarmacproducer. Tarmac’s National Contracting business is the largest road maintenance and highways services company in the UK. Tarmac’s strong heritage, unrivalled expertise and nationwide presence enable it to provide a wide range of products for a variety of industries. The firm is focused on the development and delivery of sustainable construction solutions.

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