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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)
We are using BREEAM to assess how sustainable development is being implemented in non-residential new buildings in Wales.
BREEAM is a method of assessing the long term environmental impact of new buildings. It is used to assess the environmental performance of both new and existing buildings.
BREEAM 2011 New Construction is the latest version of the BREEAM Scheme. It covers many types of development including:
- Industrial Units; and
- Retail (Shops, retail park, showroom, restaurant, hot food takeaway);
- Public (non housing):
- Education (Pre-school, schools, colleges, higher education institutions);
- Healthcare (teaching hospitals, general acute hospitals, community hospitals, General Practice surgeries, health centres and clinics);
- Prisons ( high security prison, standard secured prison, local prison); and
- Law Courts (crown and criminal courts, county courts, family and youth courts).
- Residential accommodation:
- Residential institutions (care home, sheltered accommodation, residential college, military barrack);
- Residential Institutions (hotel, hostel, boarding and guest house, secure training centre);
- Non residential institutions (art gallery, museum, library, day centre, community centre, place of worship);
- Assembly and leisure (Cinema, theatre/music/concert hall, exhibition/conference hall); and
- Other (transport hub, creche).
A full list of the non-domestic building types which can be assessed and rated using the BREEAM 2011 New Construction scheme can be found on the BREEAM website.
BREEAM covers nine categories and scores them against 5 different ratings of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding. These categories are:
- Health and Wellbeing;
- Land use and Ecology; and
Although not a legal standard, BREEAM is used and understood by the development industry in the UK and internationally. It is widely considered as best practice in the environmental design and assessment of new and existing buildings.
In 2011, following a review by Building Research Establishment Global Ltd (BRE) an updated version of BREEAM was published. This applies to new project registrations from 1 July 2011. The 2011 version includes more common building types which may have previously required the development and use of separate ‘Bespoke’ criteria and assessment.
BREEAM assessors can be found using the Green Book Live.
Visit: Green Book Live (external link).
At the end of March 2009, BRE reported that 140 buildings in Wales had been assessed under BREEAM before BREEAM 2008 started. These assessments included office, retail, industrial and bespoke, and 55 of these achieved an "Excellent" rating at the design stage.
BREEAM Awards Wales
These awards recognise and reward those involved in designing and constructing the highest scoring buildings in Wales under BREEAM each year. A BREEAM "Excellent" rating is a required, so the winners are examples of sustainable design in Wales. Each development has been independently assessed and certified.
To win an award, each building must have excelled in every environmental category within BREEAM. Therefore, winners represent a holistic approach to delivering environmental sustainability.