Apres logoAPRES is a group of industry and academic partners committed to embedding the responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, products and services into the construction industry. Its activities include hosting a major annual conference and producing guidance on responsible sourcing for the construction industry.


APRES acts as a centre for:

  • Knowledge – sharing knowledge and disseminating responsible sourcing practices,
  • Networking – offering opportunities to meet wide ranging industry and customer groups,
  • Research – forging new research ideas and relationships,
  • Guidance – providing guidance directly to the industry.


The membership is made up of clients, contractors, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and industry organisations.

APRES origin and aims

APRES was established in 2011 by Loughborough University, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and extensive support from industry partners. In 2016 the management of APRES was transferred to building science centre, BRE.

APRES was created to help construction industry members address growing concerns amongst customers and the wider society about environmental impacts, labour and welfare conditions, and corruption in global supply chains. Adopting responsible sourcing practices gives assurance to customers, enhances the reputations of suppliers and end-users, and counts towards environmental assessment schemes such as BREEAMand CEEQUAL.


However, there is still much to do to ensure that the availability of responsibly and ethically sourced materials, products and services, and the use of responsible sourcing best practices, becomes universal throughout the industry.

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