The BBA was established in 1966 as the Agrément Board by UK Government as a single source supplier in the UK for the construction certification sector. Our mission then, as it is now, was to help business and organisations as they continue to supply the construction industry with products, systems and installers of the highest quality.
In the first year of its creation, the Agrément Board certified 3 construction products as being ‘satisfactory for a purpose’ in accordance with National Building Regulations and associated standards.
In the following 10 years the Agrément Board had certified 150 construction products.
In the 1970s, we obtained the first relaxation by the Building Regulation Division of the DoE for cavity wall insulation systems and began awarding Agrément Board certificates.
By 1983, our name had changed to the British Board of Agrément (BBA) and we became a not-for-profit company, a structure that we retain today.
Also in the 1980's, in our drive continue providing high quality certified products to the industry and for public good, we introduced Audit and Inspection to the certification process for construction products.
The Audit and Inspection process was developed to provide assurance of ongoing quality and standards post certification. This requires that Agrément certificate holders subscribe to a program of factory surveillance which verifies that the original product specification is being maintained.
Material, component and system testing are key to certification. Fuelled by a passion for quality, the BBA developed internal Test facilities during this period to facilitate development of bespoke test methods needed to undertake certification of some construction products.
In 1986, BBA certificates were given enhanced status under the new Building Regulations.
As 1994 came about, the BBA had expanded into exciting new product areas like polypropylene fibres for concrete, insulating permanent formwork and drainage and by 1995, we had issued over 3000 certificates.
In 1995, we introduced The Highways Authorities Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) to the BBA Certification services portfolio, further strengthening our certification processes in that area of our operation - and in 1998, we issued our first HAPAS Agrement Certificate.
The UK Government nominated the BBA to issue ETAs and represent the UK in the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) and in 2001 we issued UK’s first European Technical Assessment. In addition to this, we continued to drive innovation in the industry by making BBA Agrément Certificates the first in the UK to be downloadable via the internet.
In 2002, we launched Management System Assessment Services and won our first FENSA inspection contract.
In 2010, we issued our first Microgeneration Certificate Scheme certificate.
In 2011, the BBA and Robust Details Limited joined forces to develop a scheme to deal with the effects of linear thermal bridging in new buildings.
In 2012, we joined the pilot scheme for Green Deal.
By 2013, we had awarded over five and a half thousand certificates, including HAPAS since its not so humble beginnings in the mid-nineteen sixties.
In 2018, we expanded our services across Europe by opening our BBA Europe office in Dublin, a decision which was undertaken due to Brexit. To manage this new dimension in the UK/EU relationship, the BBA adopted a business as usual approach to its notified body clients.
Indications are that Notified Body status appears to continue until the end of a transitional period, which is defined (Article 121) as ending at the end of 2020.
Today we continue to innovate, help grow businesses and push for changes in the construction industry that are for the public's benefit and have awarded over 6000 certificates to date.