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Departmental Public Buildings

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (172291)

[holding answer 10 December 2007]: In March 2006 this Department introduced the Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM), which the Office of Government Commerce recognises as equivalent to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), for Ministry of Defence construction projects.

The percentage of new buildings built to these standards for the years in which information is available is shown in the following table:

Assessment method

Total new builds assessed

Percentage new builds reaching excellent standard

Percentage new builds reaching very good standard

2005-06

BREEAM

49

6

12

2006-07

DREAM

18

50

14

2007-08 (To end January 2008)

DREAM

9

100

0

The construction costs of each building built to these standards are not separately identifiable and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.