Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs)

The masonry resource efficiency action plan (REAP) was developed as part of a WRAP sponsored project where three plans were developed covering clay bricks/ blocks, ready mixed and masonry concrete.

The project identified 18 different actions needed to improve resource efficiency across the masonry concrete industry supply chain. Download the masonry sector REAP report.

Resource efficiency is an important component of the wider ranging sustainability agenda. The REAPs cover the whole life of the product: from sourcing of constituents, production, transport, construction, maintenance and end of life.

Since it covers the whole life, participants in the REAP extend beyond the material producers to include for example logistics, designers and demolition contractors.

In March 2017, the first progress report for the REAP initiative was published. Find out more at

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Health & Safety News

SHAD 2017

27 Mar 2017

Huge thanks to Forterra Building Products for hosting our latest SHAD. Delegates participated at all six learning stations: risk perception, safe manual handling, dust, drugs and alcohol testing in the workplace, noise and vibration, and cancer awareness.

Minimising Fire Risk

18 Oct 2016

Meeting Building Regulations is not enough to minimise fire risk. Regulations do not cover property safety nor construction stage. Construction stage fire safety is the remit of the HSE.

The HSE say: “All those making design and procurement decisions that significantly affect fire risk should consider and reduce the risk and consequences of fire during the construction phase through DESIGN.” (HSE emphasis).

To do this, choose non combustible materials: choose precast and masonry. Read more.