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New School Buildings (Energy Efficiency)

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are taken to ensure that the new builds under Building Schools for the Future use energy efficient methods. (79697)

All new buildings must comply with the latest 2006 edition of Part L of the Building Regulations “The Conservation of Fuel and Power”. Approved Document L (ADL) in support of Part L of the Building Regulations was published in March 2006 and has considerably increased the energy efficiency required of all new buildings including schools compared with the 2002 edition. In addition the new Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method “BREEAM Schools” which all new build schools are required to complete gives credits for improving the energy efficiency beyond the requirements of ADL. DfES expects all major new build and refurbishment school projects to achieve a very good or excellent rating on “BREEAM Schools”.