Our new Leeds concrete block plant achieves BES 6001 'Excellent' status.

August 2019

Our new Leeds concrete block plant achieves BES 6001 'Excellent' status.

Our new multi-million pound Stocks Bros Ltd concrete block plant in Cross Green Leeds has achieved the highest possible rating of 'Excellent' to the Responsible Sourcing standard BES 6001.

This is only the 2nd block plant anywhere to have ever achieved this, the first being our Airtec aerated block plant in Catterick.

What is BES 6001?

BRE’s BREEAM scheme (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method for buildings) awards credits for responsibly sourced materials. The aim of these credits is to encourage the specification and procurement of responsibly sourced materials in construction. To achieve credits under Mat 03: Responsible Sourcing of Materials, applicable materials must be covered by BREEAM recognised environmental management or Responsible Sourcing Certification Schemes. BES 6001 is one such management scheme.

The BES 6001 responsible sourcing scheme Issue 3.0 means that using our ‘Excellent’ and ‘Very Good’ certified products will help gain maximum credits under MAT 03 in BREEAM 2011 and 2014. It also means that all certified products are Tier One under MAT 2 for Code for Sustainable Homes, making it easier for customers to achieve a higher number of points towards credits at no additional cost.

The Certification Process

The Standard has been structured so that compliance can be demonstrated through a combination of meeting the requirements of other recognised certification schemes, establishing written policies, setting objectives and targets and engaging with relevant stakeholders. To comply with the standard a product must meet a number of mandatory criteria. Where a product demonstrates compliance beyond the mandatory levels, higher levels of performance can be achieved. The standard's performance ratings range from Pass to Good, Very Good and Excellent.

The strict requirements of BES 6001 require companies to demonstrate, from origin to use:

Effective Quality, environmental and health and safety management systems
Efficient use of energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Sustainable and efficient use of material resources and water
Ethical business practices and compliance with applicable laws and regulations
Responsible site stewardship in relation to avoiding pollution and protecting the environment
Minimising the impact of transport associated with the delivery of the constituent materials used in manufacture, waste disposal and the delivery of products to our customers
Liaising with the local community of matters of mutual interest

Technical Manager John Mason, comments: “This is another significant milestone for the Thomas Armstrong group. We are delighted to have achieved BES 6001 Excellent status at our new facility in Leeds which in fact makes this and our Airtec plant in Catterick the only concrete block facilities anywhere to have achieved the highest possible Excellent rating. This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to improving our environmental and social performance, as well as adding third party accreditation to our responsible sourcing claims. BES 6001 is an important and difficult to achieve standard and will be extremely valuable to customers looking to procure building blocks with sound and verified environmental credentials and traceability. There are many benefits to this certification for us as a company and for our customers, who can be confident that our dedication to responsible manufacturing stretches way beyond our own manufacturing plants.”

Certificates can be downloaded from our website and from the BRE Green Book Live website www.greenbooklive.com.

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