How the supply chain can improve BREEAM with recycled content

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How the supply chain can improve BREEAM with recycled content

Dismantling and recycling or reuse of building components is one of the building performance criteria outlined in BREEAM. Therefore building suppliers can help to improve the BREEAM rating of a project (and their own bottom line) simply by increasing the percentage of recycled and recyclable content in their products.


Untapped potential


The construction sector has the potential to use much more recovered material:


Material gains 


Designers and specifiers should bear in mind a number of criteria when choosing materials and building products:


The specification process


To achieve sustainable procurement designers and specifiers should observe the following processes:




Incorporating a greater degree of recycled content is beneficial across the supply chain. To achieve this, specifiers must formally assess the supplier’s relevant credentials at the procurement stage and building suppliers must invest in product development to ensure that they score highly in these assessments.



Balustrade (seen here with a powder coated finish) manufactured from aluminium alloy which is up to 100% recyclable