Marley Eternit achieves higher responsible sourcing accreditation

Roofing and facades manufacturer Marley Eternit has demonstrated its continued commitment to responsible sourcing with another improved BES 6001 accreditation.  As a result, its full range of concrete tiles now achieves the same ‘very good’ rating as the rest of the manufacturer’s clay roof tiles, fibre cement slates and profile sheeting.

This means that developers specifying any of these Marley Eternit roofing products will be able to achieve an additional three credits under BREEAM for the use of ‘very good’ responsibly sourced materials.  Housebuilders will also benefit, as responsible sourcing will be one of the materials criteria for the new BRE Home Quality Mark.

The improved concrete rating was achieved by focussing on the responsible sourcing of the raw materials and the supply chain.  Gavin White, product manager at Marley Eternit, explains: “Switching to more environmentally friendly and responsibly sourced constituent materials is a high priority for the business.  This focus has helped to achieve continuous improvement in our BES 6001 ratings, this year seeing concrete upgraded from ‘good’ to ‘very good’.”

As the first roofing manufacturer to achieve BES 6001 back in 2011, Marley Eternit has been at the forefront of responsible sourcing in the industry and is the only UK supplier of fibre cement slates and profile sheeting to have the accreditation.

Gavin White continues: “We have been campaigning for the greater consideration of responsible sourcing in the specification and construction process for many years.  Now we are seeing it playing an increasing role in materials selection for both new build and refurbishment projects.

“From a new build perspective, both BREEAM and the new BRE Home Quality Mark act as incentives for developers and housebuilders to use responsibly sourced materials.  In terms of social housing refurbishment, we are also starting to see many landlords and representative procurement groups asking for responsible sourcing certification to be considered as an approved supplier.  Using any one of our roof tiles, slates or profile sheeting products will provide a ‘very good’ BES 6001 accreditation to support public sector specifiers and suppliers with their tenders.”

BES 6001 certification is awarded to manufacturers that can demonstrate responsible sourcing throughout the whole lifecycle of a product.  Initial mining, extraction or formulation of the raw materials through to product design, manufacturing and processing, installation, use and re-use and recycling, until final replacement are all accounted for, as well as the environmental and social impacts of its procurement through all stages of the supply chain.

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