CIOB supports retaining BREEAM in school construction

The Chartered Institute of Building is today backing a campaign, launched by the UK Green Building Council and Aldersgate Group, to retain the BREEAM requirement in schools construction.

The Department for Education is proposing scrapping BREEAM requirements for new and refurbished schools as part of its drive to streamline procurement and reduce costs in the process, outlined last year in the James Review.

Alan Crane, CIOB President, stated "This is a misguided move that contradicts the coalition's statement that they aim to be the 'greenest government ever. Designing, building and operating to BREEAM standards yields hugely beneficial energy savings for minimal capital cost, reducing both operational expenditure and carbon emissions."

The UK-GBC and Aldersgate Group stated, "We understand that Michael Gove at the Department for Education is considering dropping the requirement for schools to be built or refurbished to BREEAM standards. We think this is incredibly short-sighted. BREEAM, like all standards/tools, may not be perfect but to scrap its use entirely would have deeply concerning implications not just for the quality of the nation's schools, but for the construction and property sector more widely."

The CIOB is serious about reducing carbon from the built environment, having recently launched its free, interactive online Carbon Action 2050 toolkit.




The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) represents for the public benefit the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry.


Our Mission

To contribute to the creation of a modern, progressive, and responsible construction industry; able to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges faced in the 21st century.


Our 7 Guiding Principles

· Creating extraordinary people through professional learning and continuous personal development.

· Promoting the built environment as central to the quality of life for everyone everywhere.

· Achieving a sustainable future, worldwide.

· Advocating exemplary ethical practice and behaviour, integrity and transparency.

· Pursuing excellence in management practice, and technological innovation rooted in evidence based science.

· Being socially responsible and working responsibly.

· Enabling our members to find an emotional resonance with the Institute; their success is our success.


We have over 47,000 members around the world and are considered to be the international voice of the building professional, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the management of the total building process.

Chartered Member status is recognised internationally as the mark of a true, skilled professional in the construction industry and CIOB members have a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards within the built environment.

Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend CIOB Press and Communications Manager on t: 01344 630 766 or e:

*To unsubscribe from the CIOB's press distribution service please reply to this email with the word 'REMOVE' in the subject field. Or contact the press office directly on t: +44 (0) 1344 630 766.