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New BRE tool set to reduce commercial waste

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has launched a new web-based measurement tool designed to help building owners, occupiers and facilities managers monitor and manage their waste.

BRE estimates that 24 million tonnes of waste is generated by commercial building occupiers each year with the cost representing up to 5% of company turnover per annum. With private sector profit margins and public funding both increasingly squeezed, the latest addition to BRE’s suite of SMARTWaste tools – known as SMARTWaste Commercial - is expected to be well received.

The new tool can be applied to all types of commercial and public buildings including offices, hotels, schools, healthcare and leisure property and is compatible with the BREAM-In-Use standard for existing building stock.
BRE details the benefits of SMARTWaste Commercial as:

  • Consistent and accurate reporting of waste;
  • Reduction of cost;
  • Less waste sent to landfill;
  • Provision of a single waste performance rating that scores overall waste management of a building – similar to an EPC; and
  • Management of a company’s whole building portfolio with the ability to compare waste performance across buildings.

Commenting on the new tool at its launch in September, Stuart Blofeld, SMARTWaste manager, emphasised the substantial costs and the environmental issues associated with commercial waste.

He said: “SMARTWaste Commercial gives users the ability to take targeted action that will improve their company’s waste performance rating and ultimately save them money.”

For more information, contact David Massingham, associate at Watts Group PLC, on 0161 831 6180.

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Watts Bulletin editor: Trevor Rushton.