BS 8895 series

What is BS 8895?

At the BS 8895-2 Launch Event, we talked to the people responsible for developing this series of standards. Watch the video below and find out more about this series. 


In 2010, BSI’s Design Strategy Committee identified that material efficiency and designing out waste were strong subjects for future potential standards. This led to the formation of an expert panel to explore the matter further. The panel conducted an online survey of BSI and WRAP contacts – around 2,180 individuals and companies – 85 per cent of whom felt there was a need for standards (or one multi-part standard) on designing out waste. 

See BS 8895 series infographics here. 

It was decided that the standards would complement existing guides, such as those produced by WRAP; that they would link to the RIBA Plan of Work stages; and that they would integrate principles of material efficiency and communicate them in a sequential and easily-referenced manner in each design stage. It was also decided that the scope of the standards would be limited to building projects, including new builds and refurbishments, and excluding civils structures. 

The approach taken by each standard can be summarized as ‘the three Is’

  1. Identify opportunities to improve material efficiency and prioritize solutions
  2. Investigate the viability of the priority solutions
  3. Implement the agreed solutions

The BS 8895 series

BS 8895 series will eventually comprise the following standards: 

BS 8895-1:2013 Designing for material efficiency in building projects. Code of practice for Strategic Definition and Preparation and Brief gives recommendations on the process whereby design and project teams seek to maximize material efficiency during the development of the project brief. It also outlines how the process of designing for material efficiency is implemented through the Strategic Definition and Preparation and Brief stages of a building project.

BS 8895-2:2015 is a Code of Practice. It supplies a process whereby designing for material efficiency can be integrated into the Concept and Developed Design stages of the RIBA Plan of Work. The standard recommends processes, information exchanges and responsibilities for design teams when preparing the Concept design and Developed Design. It includes a range of design and project delivery material efficiency considerations, for example, thinking about the potential for deconstruction at end of life, or about the layout of the site to optimize storage and handling. The standard includes checklists and lists of useful reference documents. Finally, the outputs from this process will inform the Final Project Brief and strategies including the Sustainability Strategy and Project Execution Plan. Adams noted the standard can be used with or without BIM. 

A WRAP case study has concluded that the Tate Modern 2 development will save £100k and 48 tonnes of embodied carbon by recycling demolition materials into landscaping. Also, by designing in more rendered finishes, dry-lining will be reduced at a saving of £43k.

Part 3 will implement material efficiency outcomes from Part 2 by incorporating them in key project strategies. It will also implement material efficiency recommendations from Part 3 and the Handover and Close Out report, and aims to support building owners, facility managers and refurbishment contractors during building operation, refurbishment and end-of-life.

 Download BS 8895 series brochure. 

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