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BREEAM enforcement to be reviewed

The Government plans to review BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) enforcement across its huge estate of buildings this autumn.

The review is part of the Government’s recently announced delivery plan to achieve more sustainable operations across Whitehall.

Last year, the Government mandated departments to complete BREEAM assessments on all new build and major refurbishment projects, insisting work would not take place without them.

This was in response to a 2007 report which showed weak BREEAM compliance in the Government estate. In the report, just 46 of the 351 new build and refurbishment projects completed in 2006/07 were assessed against BREEAM. Of these, only 28 projects met the required standard.

The newly established Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement (CESP) has been tasked with exploring the extent of BREEAM compliance in the autumn.

The delivery plan also suggests using the refresh of the public sector construction database to introduce mechanisms to monitor sustainability considerations, such as BREEAM, more closely.

The delivery plan has been compiled by CESP, which is based within the Office of Government Commerce, in conjunction with departments.

Tom Watson (pictured), MP for West Bromwich, has been appointed to oversee CESP's task of improving the sustainability of Government operations and procurement across departments.

The delivery plan can be found here

You can read Tom Watson's blog here