Last edited 22 Feb 2021

BREEAM Responsible Sourcing of Materials


[edit] Aim and benefits

To recognise and encourage the specification and procurement of responsibly sourced materials for key building elements.

[edit] Value to Client

This is a great marketing tool for the client, a very apparent and easy method to demonstrate green credentials.

It can also help the client’s brand management, to avoid scandals, as credible and comparable schemes to evaluate the responsibly sourced products are used. Responsible sourcing of materials takes into consideration risks to the environment, socio-ecomic impact of any product or material specified. The client can be assured that the building being created does not have a negative impact elsewhere or is harming the planet, which is a long term benefit. ‘Greenmaterial information is widely available now, and the client can reuse a developed portfolio of these responsibly-sourced materials as a palette for future projects

[edit] When to consider

The requirement to responsibly source materials where practicable can be written into the tender documents and the design team should be encouraged to specify manufacturers that operate environmental management systems.

Once the design has been fixed, a breakdown of the materials within each element can be prepared along with details of any specified manufacturers/suppliers and their EMS/COC certification. By inputting the information within the calculator tool at an early stage based on the known specified products, it is possible to see which materials will therefore need to be responsibly sourced to gain the targeted credits or advise if alternative products should be specified with higher levels of responsible sourcing. The contractor will then be able to include any responsible sourcing requirements within their subcontract and purchase orders.

[edit] Step by step guidance

There are two routes to demonstrating compliance. Either of the routes can be used or a combination may be followed:

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[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

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[edit] Tools and resources

[edit] Tips and best practice

'Building services’ refers to the equipment and distribution systems specified for providing heating, power, ventilation, lighting, air-conditioning and domestic water services in a building. As a minimum, this location/use category should include the equipment and controls specified for the building services.

Please refer to GN24 for guidance on assessing building services.

[edit] Typical evidence

[edit] Design Stage

[edit] Post Construction Stage

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[edit] Applicable Schemes

The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.

BRE Global does not endorse any of the content posted and use of the content will not guarantee the meeting of certification criteria.

--Multiple Author Article 22:07, 21 Apr 2018 (BST)

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