UK government buildings failing on sustainability

January 29, 2008

And probably not just in Britain. From Edie.net (UK): A report from the Public Accounts Committee said Government should be setting an example but its departments are making poor progress on implementing better environmental standards. Government departments and agencies spend about £3bn a year on new buildings and major refurbishments and ministers have set estate-wide sustainability standards for this construction work.

In 2005-06, mandatory environmental assessments were carried out in only 35% of new builds and 18% of major refurbishment projects, the committee found, and only 9% of projects met the required standards. MPs said departments were also making poor progress against their environmental targets for estate management, including reducing water consumption and carbon emissions and are failing to assess costs and benefits of sustainable design options on a whole-life basis, partly because of pressure to reduce initial capital costs. The report said: “The poor performance against sustainability standards reflects the low priority accorded to this agenda within individual departments.”…

Photo of Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds by Newton2.