BS 8905:2011 Framework for the assessment of the sustainable use of materials. Guidance

BS 8905:2011

Framework for the assessment of the sustainable use of materials. Guidance

Status : Current, Under review   Published : August 2011



What is this standard about?

BS 8905 provides a framework for the concepts, techniques, tools and methodologies that can be used to support decisions surrounding the sustainable use of materials.

 Who is this standard for?

  • Product specifiers and buyers
  • Senior management and procurers
  • Environmental and sustainability consultants
  • Construction/infrastructure/housing industries
  • Manufacturing/product design industries

Why should you use this standard?

Materials are an essential part of everyday life and their use contributes to the quality of living standards, from the houses that we live in, the food that we eat, the vehicles in which we travel and the way we communicate.

An expanding global population and increasing social need for an improved quality of life will create even higher demands on raw materials and natural resources. This framework recognizes that current levels of resource consumption related to materials exceed that which can be replaced by natural means, and as a consequence absolute sustainability is not currently attainable.

BS 8905 sets out a framework to guide decisions around sustainability, to help organizations select materials that maximize positive social, environmental and economic contributions and minimize negative impacts. This will in turn help to boost reputation, increase the resilience of the supply chain and reduce the risk of negative publicity.

Standard NumberBS 8905:2011
TitleFramework for the assessment of the sustainable use of materials. Guidance
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 August 2011
Confirm Date01 August 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 8900:2006, PAS 55, ISO 10303-223, BS EN ISO 15663-1, BS 3811, ISO 14051, ISO 10303-214, BS EN ISO 9000:2005, ISO 14721:2003, ISO 10303-203, ISO 10303-239, AA1000, Assurance Standard, AA1000, Stakeholder Engagement Standard, AA1000, AccountAbility Principles Standard, SA8000, Social Accountability Standard, ISO 10303-235, BS 3843, BS ISO 2382-2, PD 156865
Draft Superseded By10/30216208 DC
DescriptorsData acquisition, Management, Sustainability, Information exchange, Purchasing, Organizations, Sustainable development, Product design, Social responsibility, Measurement, Commerce, Life cycle, Production, Recycling, Waste disposal, Quality auditing, Environmental management
ISBN978 0 580 70453 6
File Size1.883 MB

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