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BRE develops SWMP tool

The development of an online Site Waste Management Planning (SWMP) tool from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) was announced at the Profiting from Construction Waste conference. The free to use tool, Smart Waste, was developed, in part, as a response to Government ideas to make SWMPs a legal requirement next year. BRE plans to release the tool at the end of this year, with a trial version available for testing from November 2007. Speaking at the conference BRE principal consultant Katherine Adams invited members of the construction industry to sign up for the test. She said: The trial version is being put out so that BRE can gather data, so that we can provide better output information in the full version. Any comments on how to develop it will be welcomed. The tool takes users through nine stages to put an SWMP together and is designed to be flexible to accommodate individual company requirements. Talking about the tools development Adams said: BRE have lots of experience of developing web based tools. If something is going to be used on a construction site it needs to be quick to use and it needs to be secure. For more information visit

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