Kawneer secures first BES 6001 certification for architectural aluminium

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Nick Dardalis

There is an increasing the responsibility on construction businesses to create more sustainable developments and buildings. Major construction firms and their subcontractors are discovering that to win work and improve the image of construction; buildings have to be sustainable.

As construction companies primarily rely on contractors, they too need to demonstrate that their products such as windows, doors and curtain walling are viable and responsibly sourced.

What is BES 6001 Certification?

building with kawneer architectural aluminium and bes 6001 certification
One of London’s tallest residential towers with Kawneer architectural aluminium, now with BES 6001.

The BRE standard BES 6001 is now in place. It is a standard designed for providers of construction products to specify and use responsibly sourced materials. Within the standard are set procedures covering the supply chain, operation, environmental credentials and other requirements.

For any business that manufactures products used in construction, BES 6001 enables them to not only demonstrate that they source responsibly, but it can also help them secure better contracts in the future, such as BREEAM homes and building falling under the Code for Sustainable Homes

Kawneer secures a world’s first with BES 6001 for architectural aluminium.

One of the best known architectural aluminium systems companies is Kawneer. They are now the first supplier in the world to carry the BES 6001 standard for architectural aluminium products.

This accreditation is so unique within the standard that BRE Global (the governing body) had to create a category for architectural aluminium. Kawneer has obtained its certificate for the responsible sourcing or it is architectural aluminium systems. Design, manufacture and supply were inspected to get the accreditation.

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The first aluminium company in the world with BES 6001.

BES 6001 for Kawneer brings benefits to the industry as a whole.

For anyone involved in the construction of BREEAM buildings, the specifying of Kawneer windows and doors for dwellings now means extra building credits are possible.

Kawneer successfully obtained certification following assessment in several areas of the business. This includes:

  • Organisational Management
  • Supply chain management
  • Environmental Issues
  • Social Issues.

Dr Shamir Ghumra, director, Centre for Sustainable Products, BRE, said:

Kawneer is the first aluminium company in the world to achieve certification to the BRE BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing. The successful audit by BSI and listing on GreenBookLive means that customers of Kawneer can now have even more confidence with the aluminium products sourced from the company.

BES 6001 is recognised in the leading sustainability rating schemes for buildings (BREEAM) and infrastructure (CEEQUAL) which will give designers more reasons to specify Kawneer products.

A logical step for Kawneer given their status in construction.

Given the scale and diversity of building projects requiring sophisticated aluminium systems, this is a natural move for Kawneer to make. As development moves even more to sustainable, cost-effective and responsibly built buildings, the requirement for all elements of that structure to be compliant becomes greater.

Kawneer offers a comprehensive range of architectural aluminium systems for both the residential and commercial markets.

Aluminium fabricators looking to change a system or provide better aluminium systems should consider Kawneer and their advanced aluminium door and window systems. There are also excellent products for the domestic market such as the AA3720 bifolding door, high-quality lift and slide doors as well as entrance. doors. Contact us if you would like more information.