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Building science centre BRE received the prestigious Construction News award for Sustainable Company of the Year at a celebratory dinner in the Grosvenor Hotel Park Lane, London last night.
The award which was sponsored by technical services provider IMTECH, recognises companies for which sustainability is a top management priority and forms a central part of the corporate agenda and company culture.
The judges said that BRE demonstrated exceptional inward-looking sustainability initiatives like its innovative approach to energy reduction, its green transport scheme and its schools programme.
They were also impressed by the organisation’s impact on sustainability across the industry with leading standard BREEAM which drives the sector to reach greater heights of sustainability and tools like SMARTWaste which has helped more than 10,000 construction projects divert more than 20m tonnes of waste from landfill. They said ‘In this field, BRE are leaders in innovation and their global reach is excellent in raising the UK’s profile internationally’
Receiving the award Stuart Blofeld who leads on BRE’s sustainability strategy the S Plan said ‘ We are very proud to be recognised in this way by our peers – we were up against some very impressive competitors in this category which makes winning all the sweeter. The award will challenge us to keep on doing bigger and better things that reduce our and others’ adverse impacts on the environment’.
NOTES TO EDITOR
BRE is a world leading building science centre that generates new knowledge through research. This is used to create products, tools and standards that drive positive change across the built environment. BRE helps its government and private sector clients meet the significant environmental, social and economic challenges they face in delivering homes, buildings and communities.BRE is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity. The Trust uses the profits made by the BRE companies to fund research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment www.bre.co.uk