Since 1989, BC (or The BioComposites Centre) has been at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in manufacturing and industry. Today, in a world where sustainability and the environment are moving to the top of the agenda, we offer businesses of all kinds the knowledge and the technical means to put those alternatives into practice, helping them lower costs, increase productivity and make their activities more environmentally and socially responsible.
Burdens Environmental is a part of the WTB Group, an international supply chain company, which employs over 1100 people globally & operates an ethical ownership policy, with almost half the shares in the company owned by a charitable trust and the remainder owned by the staff and founding families. The Ecomerchant brand is the trading division of Burdens Environmental supplying a wide range of sustainable materials nationally & through the 50 Burdens depots. Ecomerchant focuses on healthy building solutions and the ethical supply of building products including lime renders, wood fibre insulations, cork passiv windows and even renewable technologies.
Ecobond Cymru is a renewable roofing development company based at Mona on Anglesey. The company has developed a patented process for bonding secondary aggregates and mining wastes into roofing tiles, or cladding, minimising the use of new mineral resources or process energy. The resulting tiles, similar in appearance to local slate, are being perfected, with the use of sustainable vegetable based binders, thanks to a recent Welsh Assembly Government research grant, and are expected to appear on roofs in Wales in 2012.
FOAMGLAS® is the only insulation material that is totally impervious to any form of moisture and which will not burn, or give off toxic fumes or smoke. It is dimensionally stable, has high compressive strength, and is rot, insect, vermin and acid resistant. Manufactured only from crushed glass (>60% recycled glass, currently automobile windscreens and waste from the fenestry industry) and carbon, FOAMGLAS® is totally inorganic and will not support the growth of mould, fungi or micro-organisms. With a co-efficient of linear expansion compatible with both steel and concrete.
Natural Building Technologies (NBT) is the leading UK company selling and developing high performance sustainable building systems for mainstream construction. NBT works with clients, specifiers, contractors and partners to deliver better and more sustainable buildings in reality through cost effective systems, expert knowledge and full design and construction support.
natureplus is an European environmental organization, aiming for sustainable building. The natureplus association is composed equally by companies and organizations from building industry (like building and handycraft companies, manufacturers, trading companies, architects and planners, trade unions) and by not for profit organizations (environmentalists, building ecologists, consumer advisors and public consultants, eco-scientists and laboratories) representing nearly all EC countries. The association awards building and accommodation products with the natureplus® ecolabel. The products are proofed by independent institutions and fulfill strong demands on behalf of the environment, health and quality. The natureplus requirements demand in particular an above-average eco-balance, a maximization of renewable resources and a minimization of the use of petrochemical substances, very low emissions and the prevention of harmful ingredients.
PAVATEX is the leading supplier of high-quality wood fibre insulation systems for modern building envelopes. The diffusion-open, but airtight PAVATEX wood fibre insulation and airtight systems protect against both the cold of winter and the heat of summer. By combining climate protection with home comfort, they represent the perfect building shell for sustainable construction projects.
Procure Plus is in the business of regeneration. We are a consortium of social housing providers primarily with stock in the North West but also working in partnership under the Re:allies collaboration in the North of England. Together we procure goods and services related to repairs and maintenance budgets on behalf of Registered Providers that are committed to making material differences to the social and economic wellbeing of their neighbourhoods. This is achieved through our board of likeminded Directors acting together to ensure that their budgets for repairs and maintenance works are channelled through Procure Plus. Consequently every pound spent creates significant cash efficiencies and a supply chain that understands and commits to the values of the consortium's membership. New services offered by Procure Plus, include a New Build framework and the Retrofit Brokerage Model both which offer independent advice to Procure Plus members to help them maximise the social and economic benefits of the new build and energy efficiency schemes whilst achieving best value. Both new build and refurbishment projects offer significant opportunities for sustainable building products.
TRADA Technology is a world renowned independent consultancy, research and information company, with over 75 years experience in providing technically-based solutions to help clients make informed business decisions and add value to their operations, products and services. Our core skills relate to timber and we are very proud of our unrivalled expertise in this area. Yet we also work with other building materials and more generally throughout the construction sector. Our clients range from some of the biggest in construction seeking help on site or in the design office, to product manufacturers looking to achieve third party certification for their products or assistance with product development and testing, to smaller companies and professional practices needing advice on specification and design detailing. As market leaders we are committed to achieving excellence for each and every one of our clients at all times.
The Vision of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources is a world of globally sustainable resource use. Faced with a growing global population and increased demand and competition for natural resources the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources' mission is to generate knowledge in the globally sustainable use of natural resources and train the future leaders in the field. Through our work, UCL ISR seeks to: • Promote excellence, rigour and impartiality in its activities • Address intellectually challenging problems with creativity and innovation • Make a difference in society through the results of its work and the way these are disseminated • Be diverse and open in its approach and composition www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-resources
The Exemplar Low Carbon Building project was awarded £6.2m from the European Regional Development Fund in October 2011. As a condition of this funding, the Centre for the Built Environment will provide free business support. This support is delivered through a series of bespoke CPD accredited seminars, webinars and other support showcasing the design, build and post-occupancy of the Exemplar Low Carbon Building which is targeting BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus Certification. The Centre for the Built Environment is a centre that draws upon a cluster of expertise within and outside UEA. The centre is responsible for delivery of ERDF outputs and, through Adapt Commercial, the provision of low carbon consultancy services.
Wienerberger is the world's largest manufacturer of bricks, number one in the European clay roof tile market and a market-leader in clay pavers. Offering a 400-plus product portfolio of clay facing bricks and pavers, Wienerberger is committed to minimising its environmental footprint and maximising the long-term sustainability of the built environment. It was the first UK brick manufacturer to achieve the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing certification and ISO14001 accreditation. In 2009 Wienerberger launched the precision-engineered clay block walling system, Porotherm to the UK market. Porotherm's 100 and 140 blocks are already accredited to the Natureplus standard. For more information about Wienerberger, its products and sustainability credentials, please visit their website.
Wood for good is the UK's wood promotion campaign. The Wood for Good campaign works on behalf of the whole timber industry in the UK. It aims to promote the suitability and sustainability of wood as a building material to the construction and logistics sectors and associated professionals such as architects and design engineers.