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*Of our case study practices, Associated Architects, Atkins and Jestico + Whiles are registered; PRP is in preparation. This standard sets out 'the requirements for an environmental management system which provides a framework for an organisation to control the environmental impacts of its activities, products and services, and to continually improve its environmental performance'. BS 14001 does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria - it is a process standard. This is not specific to construction (a practice needs to personalise the implementation), and it is based on continuing improvement, so you don't need to be the greenest practice to get accredited. Accreditation focuses on the business of the practice, and design, as the headings from the accreditation document for Associated Architects illustrates:

the business of the practice: transport, energy use, IT, disposables, recycling, suppliers and workplace environment; and design: improve knowledge, work with like-minded people, raise awareness, ensure that the sustainability of every project is considered, and monitoring and recording.

Annual external assessment ensures accreditation continues only if progress is made. PRP's plan illustrates the cycle involved: set policy, set organisation, set objectives and targets, management and control, keep records, audit, review, then round again to 'set policy'.

Organisations may well be integrating BS 14001 with pre-existing QA accreditation under (BS EN ISO 9001: 2000 Quality Management Systems).

*Guidance for Use (£96). Also available is Guidelines on Principles, Systems and Support Techniques (£116). See www. bsi-uk. com

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