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OGC tool to help Government towards sustainable building targets

The Office of Government Commerce has launched a campaign to encourage the use of a new self-assessment tool for Whitehall property managers, which aims to raise asset management standards across the civil estate.

The drive is part of the Government’s plans to improve strategic property asset management in central government to achieve up to £1.5bn in efficiency savings annually by 2013, and meet sustainability targets.

The Property Asset Management Capability Assessment Model (PAMCAM) has been jointly developed by the OGC and the National Audit Office in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

It is an electronic, evidence-based questionnaire that identifies shortfalls in an organisation’s current property asset management practices.

So far, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Defence, the British Council and Department for Transport have all piloted PAMCAM.

The OGC is looking to ensure widespread use of the system amongst all departments and sponsored bodies that have substantial property portfolios by the end of March 2009.