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BREEAM for Schools faces the chop as Gove cuts costsMarch 2012

The UK Green Buildings Council (UK-GBC) has launched a media defence of BREEAM amid concerns that Education Secretary Michael Gove is set to scrap the requirement for schools to be built or refurbished to BREEAM standards.

In an open letter to Michael Gove, the UK-GBC and environmental campaigner Aldersgate Group argue that the scrapping of mandatory BREEAM assessments for schools is "deeply concerning", and that reneging on the commitment would "send a terrible message to UK industry".

The Capital Review, carried out by Dixon's chief Sebastian James, said DfE should drop the rule because BREEAM had become too bureaucratic for schools and local authorities. The cost is also perceived to be too high, with fees of up to £3000 required for carrying out a school pre-assessment.

While acknowledging the concerns of Sebastian James' review that the BREEAM assessment system can be "bureaucratic and prescriptive", the letter's authors warn Gove that he risks damaging the commercial "success and development of BREEAM."

The letter suggests that BRE Global works with the education department to ensure BREEAM for Schools is made "flexible and fit for purpose."

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