04 March 2008 | Jake Kanter
Construction material manufacturers and suppliers have agreed to develop a framework for responsible buying.
At a meeting hosted by the Construction Products Association (CPA), 50 materials manufacturers said they wanted to develop responsible purchasing standards to secure their credibility in the market place.
The framework will be agreed and then tailored for each construction product sector in the industry. Steel and cement manufacturers are already considering putting a scheme into place.
Jane Thornback, environment policy advisor at the CPA, said clients and contractors are increasingly demanding information on where materials have been sourced. "It is imperative for industry that there is a publicly available independent standard against which products can be certified," she said.
Currently only timber producers receive recognition for responsible materials under schemes such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and the BRE Environmental Assessment Method. The CPA is now working with the British Standards Institute and the Building Research Establishment to develop the framework.