Breakfast Briefing: Responsible Sourcing

01 May 2012

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


RIBA West Midlands, BMI, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3SP


We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled due to low subscription levels. We will endeavour to reschedule it and publish further details in due course.

Responsible sourcing is a mechanism through which construction materials and products are purchased from suppliers that have been audited against specific sustainability criteria, including environmental and social requirements. Many companies now offer certified responsibly sourced products - for example, all the concrete going into the Olympic Park has been certified to BES 6001 (the framework standard developed by BRE Global), but our research has shown a lack of market awareness and understanding of responsibly sourced products.

This CPD seminar will help designers understand:

  • why responsible sourcing is important, its benefits and challenges
  • what materials are available through approved schemes
  • how to get responsible sourcing credits in BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes

Using a combination of presentations, workshop tasks and debate, delegates will hear about industry-leading research, receive a detailed and objective overview of existing responsible sourcing schemes and collect a complimentary copy of 'The little book of responsible sourcing'.


Dr Jacqui Glass – Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University
Trained as an architect, Jacqui has lectured in the UK, the US, Canada and Europe on sustainable design and construction. She has 15 years' experience of delivering training to industry professionals and worked for a major UK trade association prior to becoming an academic. She has published over 100 papers and is leading major three research projects on responsible sourcing. 

Ian Nicholson – Managing Director, Responsible Solutions Ltd.
With over 25 years' experience in the construction industry, Ian has been responsible for developing a number of leading-edge assessment tools for measuring environmental sustainability. He advises organisations on responsible sourcing, was involved in the piloting of the Eco-Reinforcement Sector Scheme and now sits on its Scheme Council. He holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.


Students & concessions: £10 +VAT (£12)
RIBA CPD Club Members: £15 +VAT (£18)
RIBA Members: £20 +VAT (£24)
Non-Members: £30 +VAT (£36


Carina Schneider
0121 233 2321


RIBA West Midlands

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