Construction Products Newsletter December 2015

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Welcome to our last newsletter for 2015. We hope you have enjoyed reading our updates and look forward to meeting with you in 2016.

We thank you for your continued custom over this past year, and hope that you find the newsletter informative.

Best wishes from the BSI Product certification construction team.

First companies verified by BSI to BIM scheme for improved collaboration in the industry

BIM Verification

From 2016, all government building and infrastructure projects in the UK will require level 2 BIM compliance. Earlier this month we launched a verification scheme BIM Event for PAS 1192-2 Information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects. BAM Construct UK Ltd and Skanska UK are the first two companies to be independently assessed by BSI and achieve verification.

The scheme has been developed in order to provide contractors and their supply chain with evidence that they have the capability to deliver projects using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

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Find out more about BIM >

BAM & Skanska - BIM Verification

We have been working with stakeholders in the UK and internationally, including; Hong Kong, Middle East, China and Australia, to ensure that the certification developed creates a "global passport" for construction companies.

The first certificates were proudly awarded to Skanska UK and BAM Construct UK at a launch event held in central London on Wednesday. We are also working with numerous other companies (including other Tier 1 companies) in providing certification which will help with the implementation of BIM and will support with supply chain management. We will be announcing new certification awards over the coming weeks as organizations complete the assessment process.

In parallel the BSI Kitemark for BIM is being finalised, a component of which (the verification certification) launched this week. We would like to thank all of the organizations who worked collaboratively with us and look forward to continuing to develop solutions to add value for specifiers, clients, main contractors and everyone in the supply chain.

Quotes from the launch event:

Colin Pryor - BAM Construct UK Ltd’s UK Business Systems and Quality Manager  "We're delighted to have received verification to PAS 1192-2 by BSI. BIM is a major driver influencing the direction of the construction industry both in the UK and abroad and we're pleased that we've been able to work with BSI during the development of this scheme."

"In addition, with the UK government requiring all centrally procured government contracts to be compliant with BIM Level 2 by 2016, this verification will provide assurance to those within our supply chain that we are capable of delivering projects using BIM."

David Throssell - BIM & Digital Engineering Operations Manager, Skanska UK
"We're very pleased to be one of the first companies to be verified by BSI to PAS 1192-2."

"This allows us to demonstrate to our customers and supply chain that we have the capability to deliver projects using BIM."

"We've worked closely with BSI to ensure that the verification scheme adds value and addresses the key challenges that the construction industry faces around BIM."

Andy Butterfield - Global Head of Construction, BSI
"The two companies should be proud of being the first to receive verification. This verification scheme will be of huge benefit to construction companies involved in public sector projects as well as those companies within the construction supply chain including private sector building, civil engineering, infrastructure, refurbishment and new-build projects both in the UK and abroad."

"The new schemes have been developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders to ensure that they add value and address the key issues which will help the construction industry with BIM implementation."

"BSI will offer training courses aimed at giving a detailed understanding of the key drivers, requirements, and strategic alignments needed to deliver BIM; an overview of processes and procedures; and will show how to effectively manage information across all stages of construction projects."

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Deceuninck share how BSI Kitemark generates business growth across their supply chain

Deceuninck is one of the leading uPVC window and door systems companies worldwide, with production facilities in the US, Russia, Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, UK and most recently, Turkey. Multiple BSI Kitemark certifications have generated business for both Deceuninck and its supply chain.

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News from our latest exhibition at the Big 5 in Dubai

Our global team converged in Dubai for the Big 5 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Big 5 Presentation

The show in November saw 1,000s of global construction products, live product demonstrations, and over 75 free to attend CPD certified workshops. BSI's Andy Butterfield, Global Head of Construction presented two CPD sessions at the show focusing on certification, testing  and our new BIM certification, to around 200 visitors.

The exhibition saw BSI's CEO Howard Kerr present Urboso with their first Kitemark certificates. Imad Makhzoumi from Future Pipes Industries was also presented with a "25 years of excellence" award.

UrbosoFuture Pipes Industries

British Water join us at our Centre of Excellence in Hemel Hempstead

British WaterBritish Water joined us recently at our Centre of Excellence in Hemel Hempstead for a tour of our laboratories and to hear about future exciting new opportunities within the construction industry, including BIM.

Marta Perez, Technical Manager for British Water commented:

"We are delighted that BSI agreed to host our British Water Technical Forum meeting at their Kitemark testing facilities. The discussion resulting from the BSI products and services presentation was very useful and hopefully we will continue to collaborate with BSI. The lab visit was a fantastic opportunity to learn how getting through certification can help manufacturers stand out and develop better products."

Popular standard for the design of manufactured products revised

BSI's popular standard for people who develop and manage the design of manufactured products has been revised and reissued.

BS 7000-2:2015 Design management systems – Part 2: Guide to managing the design of manufactured products is an easy-to-read and easy-to-implement guide to managing every stage of the design process.

The standard has been written for:

  • Engineering designers
  • Design engineers
  • Product designers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Production engineers and anyone else involved in the design and manufacture of products.

This updated version adds disassembly and end-of-life processing to the standard for the first time, helping designers incorporate sustainable design thinking and principles into their design right from the very start of the process.

Written with all sizes of design consultancy in mind, anyone wishing to improve their design systems and processes and gain a competitive edge should be using this standard.

To adopt the most efficient approach to sustainable design, buy BS 7000-2:2015

Sunsquare first to market with a BSI Kitemark for Rooflights

Sunsquare have achieved a first for the rooflight industry by achieving a BSI Kitemark for their rooflight product.

"Achieving a BSI Kitemark will undoubtedly open doors into areas of the market that we have not been familiar with before. It makes us trusted, credible and industry leading. Not only that, it gives us safe passage abroad too as the BSI Kitemark is recognised worldwide".

Justin Seldis,
Managing Director, Sunsquare Ltd

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Installer members of Network VEKA achieve BSI Kitemark for window and door installation

BSI at VekaWe joined Network VEKA recently to help explain the benefits of the BSI Kitemark for window and door installation.

Two installer members of Network VEKA are proud to have achieved the coveted BSI Kitemark™ for window and door installation, giving them an additional, powerful tool to illustrate their high standards.

Cornwall's Rodda and Hocking, and Bury St Edmunds-based Frames Conservatories Direct are two of the first companies to take advantage of Network VEKA's professional relationship with BSI.

Earlier this year, Network VEKA's MD John Ogilvie announced a pioneering partnership with BSI for window installers. Network VEKA members that wish to further enhance their offering to homeowners by achieving the BSI Kitemark, now can do as there is little additional site auditing time required for the BSI Kitemark, following the normal Network VEKA assessment visit.

John commented: "Many of the requirements of the BSI Kitemark are closely aligned with Network VEKA's existing procedures. Therefore, only a few additional elements need adding to our current auditing process to consider companies for the BSI Kitemark too, giving them the unique means to gain a nationally recognised mark of quality".

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 now published

Since our last newsletter, both ISO 9001, the revised international standard for quality management, and ISO 14001 environmental management have been published. If you're interested in finding out more about what has changed, take a look at our dedicated pages which include many resources to help you understand the changes:

ISO 9001:2015 >
ISO 14001:2015 > 


This is the last Construction Products Newsletter for 2015. We hope you have enjoyed reading our updates.

From all in the BSI team we wish you a restful Christmas and prosperous New Year.