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HOUSING SPECIAL NEW-BUILD CASE STUDY LEVEL ACHIEVEMENT I


t helps to have friends in high places. Woking Borough Council is unusual among UK local authorities in having developed ‘affordable’ housing that


has been built to such high sustainability standards: the homes are all at Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, one grade below the maximum Level 6. This achievement is very much down to chief executive Ray Morgan, who was one of the driving forces behind the council’s climate change strategy, launched in 2000. Under this strategy, the council has to consider sustainability and CO2 reduction in every decision it makes. Morgan, who was formerly the council’s chief fi nance offi cer, set up a wholly-owned subsidiary company, Thameswey, to deliver the strategy.


Thameswey operates as an energy services company and runs 13 combined heat and power (CHP) schemes in the Surrey town, which supply heat and power to the council’s own offi ces and buildings, as well as a number of council homes and private businesses in the area. Thameswey also runs a CHP plant in Milton Keynes


An English local authority says it is blazing a trail in the sector with its fi nancing of an ‘affordable’ homes development that is also highly sustainable. Mark Jansen reports


New housing, commissioned by Woking Borough Homes, had a brief to meet Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Housing


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All images: Woking Borough Homes


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