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Baggerdige Brick Looking for Ways to Reduce Impact on the Environment

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, we are all looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, Baggeridge Brick included.

With reports stating that construction itself produces one-third of all UK waste, the introduction of the Code for Sustainable Homes which declares that all new homes need to achieve a Code Level 4 rating by 2013 and the Government’s call for all new properties to be zero-carbon by 2016, construction professionals know they have a responsibility to go green, and fast.

Baggeridge has launched two bricks for developers and self-builders that are manufactured using 100 per cent recycled material. Its Kingsbury Smooth Cream and Kingsbury Classic Cream are both manufactured using fireclay – a waste product generated from mining, in accordance with guidelines issued by the UK clay brick sector initiative Materials from Alternative, Recycled and Secondary Sourced (MARSS).

According to Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), whose mission it is to accelerate resource efficiency by creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products, a good level of recycled content for brick is 10 per cent while best practice is 30 per cent.

Mark Morris, sales director for Baggeridge said: “To achieve 100 per cent recycled content with these two bricks from our Kingsbury factory is a huge accomplishment. To exceed what is considered by WRAP to be best practice for recycled content by such a large percentage is a credit to the commitment of our manufacturing processes and our pledge to continually strive to improve our environmental commitment.”

And Baggeridge’s commitment to the environment doesn’t stop there – the industry average for recycled content of bricks is 11.89 per cent however, bricks produced at Baggeridge’s Rudgwick factory all have 18 per cent recycled content.

Mark concludes: “Building homes approaching zero carbon by 2016 is at the top of the political agenda so if we can do our bit by helping the construction industry to comply with the latest green regulations then this target will become even more attainable.”

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