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BE AWARE scheme aims to make more efficient use of materials

A new Department of Trade and Industry-funded project will look at around 40 products to see whether waste can be reduced and resource efficiency improved.

The Built Environment Action on Waste Awareness and Resource Efficiency (BE AWARE) scheme aims to help construction product manufacturers make more efficient use of materials and processes by investigating their products’ design, manufacture, installation, use and eventual disposal.

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will be managing the 30-month scheme and believes that the research will show that the projects approach could bring industry savings of up to 25%.

A BRE spokesman said: “Direct help for organisations engaged in construction product design, manufacture, installation, use and end-of-life may be available for those becoming involved in the BE AWARE project. It will create publicly available guidance and case studies to illustrate how adopting efficient practices in product design and manufacture can help.”

An industry consortium led by the Construction Products Association and including other groups such as the British Plastics Federation and the British Woodworking Association will undertake the project.

BE AWARE will look at the wastes created at each stage of a products life cycle in order to find other uses for it.

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