BSI - United Kingdom
The British Standards Institution (BSI) was established in 1901 as the Engineering Standards Committee. A Royal Charter was granted in 1929, with the organisation's aims and objectives including:
- promoting trade - by developing common industrial standards;
- reducing waste - by simplifying production and distribution;
- protecting the consumer - through the use of licensed marks to identify conformity to standards.
The British Standards Institution was adopted as the organisation name in 1931. BSI has a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government, which establishes the position of BSI as the recognised UK National Standards Body.
BSI’s ESSAC (Electrotechnical Standardisation Strategic Advisory Council) is the national committee of the IEC for the UK.
The BBA Agrément Certificate is a mark of excellence based on rigorous national and European standards that validate a construction product’s specialist formulation, capability and uniqueness.
The Agrement Certificate is a UKAS-accredited product and system certificate scheme which enables manufacturers of products used in the construction industry to demonstrate a product’s fitness-for-purpose.
Agrément, when literally translated, means ‘approval’. The BBA’s Agrément methodology involves the detailed assessment of a product or system that establishes in a quantifiable way, the performance of that product or system. The output of that assessment is in the form of the Agrément Certificate, which others in the supply chain use to evolve specifications.
BBA Agrément Certificate is a mark of excellence based on rigorous national and European standards that validate a construction product’s specialist formulation, capability and uniqueness.
Future Homes Hub
The Future Homes Hub has been established to facilitate the collaboration needed within and beyond the new homes sector to help meet the climate and environmental challenges ahead.
The goals are:
- High-quality homes that are zero carbon ready and sustainable.
- Places and developments that are consistently low carbon, nature-rich, resilient, healthy, well designed and beautiful by 2025
- Production and construction methods that are net zero and sustainable by 2050 with substantial progress by 2025 and 2030.
- Businesses that are recognised and rewarded for net zero and sustainability performance