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Departmental Buildings

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of new buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very good and (b) excellent standard in each of the last five years; and what the construction cost of those buildings was. (172283)

The Secretary of State can confirm that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) approved four new buildings through the period 2003-07. Of these 25 per cent. achieved very good and 75 per cent. achieved excellent under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) methodology, the very good rated project was a high containment laboratory complex.

DEFRA is unable to provide full construction cost breakdown for these projects at this time as all developer/contractor cost information is not held centrally.

These details will be provided to the right hon. Member for Hazel Grove by 25 January 2008.

In addition to the above DEFRA completed five number major refurbishments through 2003-07 and of these 40 per cent. achieved very good and 20 per cent. achieved an excellent rating under the BREEAM methodology.