Barrie Evans' article on sustainability (AJ 13.04.06) provided a valuable analysis of the current position of sustainable development. However, the article erroneously suggested that BREEAM had 'lost some of its momentum' - in fact the opposite is true.
During 2005, 554 non-domestic buildings were registered for assessment. This year 809 buildings have been registered to date - an increase of 45 per cent, with over seven months of the year remaining. The domestic scheme, EcoHomes, has also shown a similar percentage increase in the number of assessments, with over 96,000 homes registered in 2005 and 138,000 registered to date in 2006. Furthermore, the article suggested that there were questions about whether a UK Green Building Council (GBC) 'should be in the hands of a private company - BRE'.
Firstly, BRE is not a private company, we are owned by a registered research and education charity, the BRE Trust.
Secondly, the draft prospectus for a UK GBC states that it should be an independent 'non-profit-making body with no private ownership'. BRE has no desire to own or manage the UK GBC - indeed we endorse the recommendation that it should be an entirely new entity - owned and funded by industry (for further information see www. ukgbc. org).
Prof David Strong, managing director, BRE Environment