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Company Policies At Burlington Stone we adhere to strict company policies and industry standards to make sure that we supply the best possible products and services to all our customers, whilst also undertaking best practices to ensure environmental standards are maintained.

Registered Office: 21 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LS. Registered in England No. 1781765. VAT No. 312215907.

BURLINGTON SLATE LTD Cavendish House Kirkby-in-Furness Cumbria LA17 7UN T +44 (0)1229 889 661 F +44 (0)1229 889 466 E

BURLINGTON SLATE LTD The SCIN Gallery Morelands 25-27 Old Street London EC1 V9HL

BURLINGTON NATSTONE INC 2701 West 15th Street Suite 505 Plano TX 75075 USA T (972) 985 9182 F (972) 612 0847

Environmental Issues Burlington operate seven quarries in and around the English Lake District - one of the oldest and largest of the National Parks. Because of the sensitive areas in which some of the quarries are situated Burlington work closely with local planning authorities and environmental groups in order to minimise any impact that its operations may have on the landscape. As part of this co-operation, in 2000 Burlington was proud to become a member of the Corporate Forum for National Parks. This is made up of companies that have interests within the various National Parks. The members meet regularly with the Campaign for National Parks to discuss current projects along with any forthcoming changes to government policy on environmental matters.

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Rock Extraction Landscape Impact and Restoration Carbon reduction Sustainability

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY Burlington Slate Limited believes that it should achieve the highest standards of environmental performance and continually aim to minimise the environmental impact of its quarrying and manufacturing activities. Burlington regard compliance with relevant environmental legislation and the adoption of responsible standards, where no legislation exists, as a minimum, but will aim for higher performance above its statutory responsibilities. Burlington Slate is committed to: Preventing pollution Complying with all relevant environmental legislation, planning permissions, regulations and any other applicable standards. Maintaining a BS EN ISO 14001 compliant Environmental Management System (EMS) and ensuring the successful implementation of its environmental policy objectives. Continually developing and improving its operations and methods of work in order to: o o o o

Reduce waste generation at source and investigate all possible uses for waste material, such as road stone, rockery/walling stone and any other applications that require hard, inert material, in order to minimise the need to tip. Seek to reduce energy and water consumption. Minimise the visual impact of tipping through restoration. Keep to a minimum the impact on the environment by any of its activities through the reduction of noise levels, use of dust suppression equipment and treatment of surface water.

These aspects will be monitored, assessed and controlled within the EMS against established improvement targets and objectives, and will include: Assessment of environmental impacts in the business decision process at all levels. Raising environmental awareness through the development and training of its employees and open communication and consultation with its customers and suppliers on relevant environmental matters. Working closely with local residents and other stakeholders to ensure they are informed of the company’s aims and, where possible, inviting participation by these groups.

Rob Irwin Managing Director

January 2012

QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - ISO 9001:2008 This is to certify that:

Burlington Slate Ltd Cavendish House Kirkby-in-Furness LA17 7UN United Kingdom

Holds Certificate No: Q 06334 and operates a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 for the following scope:

The quarrying and mining of: 1. Roof Slate 2. Architectural Slate

For and on behalf of BSI:

Managing Director, BSI EMEA Originally registered: 01/11/1989

Latest Issue: 18/08/2011

Expiry Date: 11/09/2014

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This certificate was issued electronically and remains the property of BSI and is bound by the conditions of contract. An electronic certificate can be authenticated online. Printed copies can be validated at The British Standards Institution is incorporated by Royal Charter. BSI (UK) Headquarters: Kitemark Court, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes MK5 8PP. Tel: 0845 080 9000

BSI Management Systems PO Box 9000 Milton Keynes MK14 6ES Tel: +44 (0)845 080 9000 Fax: +44 (0)845 080 9000

To whom it may concern

This is to confirm that BSI is working with Burlington Stone in its programme for achieving accreditation to ISO 14001 The programme is well underway and we envisage that full accreditation should be achieved by the end of 2011

If you have any questions please contact BSI

Rock Extraction All of Burlington’s quarries use the same method of extraction which involves the use of diamond wire saws. This technique was originally pioneered in the Italian marble industry and ensures that the rock is ‘released’ from the face in as gentle a way as possible by undercutting the entire section of rock prior to splitting it into manageable sizes. Gunpowder is used for this because of its low velocity of detonation and therefore minimal effect on the rock. Noise and dust created during the quarrying and crushing operations, although not extensive, are controlled by the fitting of modern silencers and by the use of water dust suppression on haul-roads and machinery.

Landscape Impact and Restoration Wherever possible old areas of tipped material are landscaped using a variety of methods. For quarries at higher altitudes any kind of planting would have little success therefore the aim with these is to create a ‘crag and scree’ effect by leaving some rock faces exposed with finer material below thus imitating the natural effects of erosion. For quarries at lower levels, the tips are landscaped using fine slate waste mixed with imported soil and trees are then planted (under schemes agreed with the National Park). At Broughton Moor quarry an 80 hectare tree planting scheme has been carried out under the Woodland Challenge Fund. This incorporates several species of native woodland including alder, juniper, sessile oak, rowan and birch. A new footpath linked to a small car park by wooden walkways is open to the public and not only will this scheme mature with time, it will also serve as a screen for the quarrying operations. Two of Burlington’s quarries are bounded by Sites of Special Scientific Interest; the one at Kirkby because of the heather moorland and at Elterwater for the oak woodland and its associated lichens and mosses. In the case of Elterwater quarry a program of rhododendron eradication is under way to prevent this invasive plant from spreading into the SSSI. Other potential problems identified by Natural England such as Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed are regularly treated each year wherever they occur.

Carbon Reduction Producing any kind of dimensional stone has high energy requirements. At Burlington’s main production plant the large stone-working machinery is regulated by modern control-gear designed to reduce start-up loads and consequently cut down the overall electrical usage. Quarry and road-going vehicles are replaced on a regular basis (wherever possible to Tier III standard) to ensure that emission levels are kept to a minimum. Because personnel are drawn from a wide area (mainly within the National Park), transport is provided for the majority of the workforce. This, in turn, reduces the number of vehicles visiting the site each day. By providing a source of aggregate material in the central area of the Park, the ‘mineral miles’ and therefore carbon emissions associated with importing other stone are reduced.

Sustainability In recent years more and more of the waste slate has been used to produce Burlington’s secondary products. These include slate mulch for paths and gardens, water features, paving, lintels etc. and even the material from years ago is recycled to produce ‘weathered’ walling stone - a product which is very popular when repairing or matching of old walls is required. These initiatives have led to all the waste from one particular quarry being used. The production processes use water from private reservoirs; this water is then recycled using a filter press and the clean water returned to the machines. Water abstraction and water discharge consents from the various quarries are all monitored by the Environment Agency. Waste oils and chemicals are stored on site for disposal / recycling by registered contractors. Only treated timber is used for packaging. This applies especially in the case of products for export. Two quarries have Waste Exemption licences enabling the importation of soils and subsoils for landscaping work. This also involves the use of leaves obtained from the local authorities that sweep the Lakeland roads each year between October and January. This material is allowed to compost for two to three years before being used for landscaping. Monitoring of Schemes of Working for the quarries is carried out by both the National Park and Cumbria County Council Minerals planners.

14001 & BREEAM Certification Burlington Slate Ltd has achieved ISO14001 certification, a necessary component to BREEAM and LEED accreditations. The main objective is to become the first UK Producer of Roofing and Architectural Slate to have its products registered and certified with BREEAM. (Taken from BSI webpage) ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how you can go about putting in place an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact; with the commitment of your entire organization, it can enable you to achieve both objectives. (Taken from Breeam webpage) BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.


Quality Assurance Policy Burlington Slate Limited aims to provide defect free goods to its customers on time and within budget. The Organisation operates a Quality Management System that has gained BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Certification. The management of the Organisation is committed to: • Develop and improve the Quality Management System. • Continually improve the effectiveness of the Quality Management System. • The enhancement of customer satisfaction. The management of the Organisation has also a continuing commitment to: • Ensure that customer needs and expectations are determined and fulfilled with the aim of achieving customer satisfaction. • Communicate throughout the Organisation the importance of meeting customer needs and legal requirements. • Establish the Quality Policy and its objectives. • Conduct Management Reviews of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Quality Management System. • Ensure the availability of resources. The structure of the Quality Management System is defined in the Quality Assurance Manual. All personnel understand the requirements of the Quality Policy and abide with the contents of the Quality Assurance Manual. The Organisation constantly monitors its quality performance and implements improvements when appropriate. This Quality Policy is regularly reviewed in order to ensure its continuing suitability.

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