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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.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.