Tower Hamlets was declared the best council last week, for delivering more sustainable homes than any other council in England.
The award, by the British Research Establishment (BRE) , recognised the Tower Hamlets council’s achievements in delivering almost 3000, the highest number of homes meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) from 2007 to 2013.
An environmental method used to rate and certify the performance of new homes based on BRE Global’s Eco Homes scheme, CSH was introduced in 2007 as a Government-owned national standard, that provides a framework and guidance for new homes being developed in the UK.
It is mandatory for a winning design to consider among other standards; energy and Co2 emissions, material used, waste and health and wellbeing. The flexible standards consist of management, ecology and pollution.
Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: ‘‘This code helps ensure that we consider sustainability while delivering our commitment to building more affordable homes and improving the quality of housing for residents’’.
Councillor Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing, added: ‘‘Ensuring that new homes are sustainable ensures that we’re considering the environment as well as reducing the cost of running a home for residents’’.
Richard Hardy, Managing Director of BRE said : ‘‘We look forward to continuing to work with both Government and industry stakeholders to further develop CSH and its successors for the benefit of householders and house builders, the wider UK industry and economy and of course, our environment’’.