Environmental Impact

Roofing Materials

Fossil fuel energy use, and the carbon dioxide emissions produced as a result, is thought to be the single largest threat to our planet. In the UK, about 50% of all energy use results from the construction and operation of buildings. Although the embodied energy of building products is less significant than the energy used to operate buildings, the focus on reducing the impact of building products is increasing.

The manufacture of building products generates various environmental impacts in terms of energy, waste, water use and pollution. Although the sustainability of building products is difficult to quantify, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) has become the standard tool in the UK for quantifying the overall embodied environmental  impact of building materials, the building elements (roofs, walls, floors, windows etc) they make up and buildings as a whole.

In this area we give you structured information on how our products are assessed for BREEAM (Green Guide to Specification 2008) and how you can use these ratings for calculation for the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The BRE produce a guide using BREEAM called the Green Guide to Specification, which summarises the full life cycle impact of building elements (roofs, walls, floors etc), depending on the materials used as part of standard construction details. The current Green Guide grades these elements on an A+, A, B, C, D, E scale, where A+ represents the lowest environmental impact and E the highest. For more detail click here