Be Aware programme will find out whether 40 materials can be used more efficiently

The DTI is to analyse about 40 products to find out whether building materials can be used more efficiently.

The research, which is known as Be Aware (Built Environment Action on Waste Awareness and Resource Efficiency) will last for 30 months. It is being carried out by an industry consortium led by the Construction Products Association, and involves manufacturers with expertise in plastics, concrete, composites, wood and modular buildings. It intends to show that using this approach could bring industry savings of up to 25%. Findings including guidance and case studies will be published in May 2007.