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in brief Raynsford updates BREEAM for offices

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Construction minister Nick Raynsford is to launch a new version of the bre environmental assessment method - breeam Offices '98, an expanded version of the method launched in 1990. New features of the scheme include assessing environmental impacts of materials and components; predicting likely transport-related CO2 emissions for individual buildings; and recognising options for efficient water use.The launch on 23 September is at London's International Finance Centre.

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