Housebuilder appoints ‘Green Team’ to help meet environmental goals

HOUSEBUILDER CALA (East) has appointed a dedicated ‘Green Team’ to help meet the company’s sustainability ambitions.

CALA Group has launched a sustainability strategy designed to see each of its divisions play its part in a more environmentally responsible future. The organisation has targeted the building of homes that are operationally net zero carbon from 2030, and reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Scottish Government’s 2045 target and ahead of UK Government’s 2050 target.

The East of Scotland division currently has 13 live developments. The ‘Green Team’ will research and implement initiatives to help bring positive changes, from energy saving and recycling measures within offices, to employee wellbeing and community support initiatives.

CALA Homes (East) is future-proofing many of its developments by installing electric vehicle (EV) charging ports. Homes at Queenswood in Linlithgow have access to EV charging provision as standard, while Boroughmuir and The Crescent in Edinburgh boast two of the capital’s largest private EV charging hubs.

An app-enabled smart water tank has been installed at its 40 five-bedroom homes within its Queenswood development, in a move which means every home is built to an A rating.

The Mixergy hot water tanks link to the solar panels of each home, and heats only the water that a household needs at a time as opposed to a full tank.

Craig Lynes, MD of CALA Homes East, said, “Sustainability has been high on the agenda here at CALA for some time, however with the launch of our new strategy, everyone across the business can now play their part in driving forward the changes needed to create a more environmentally responsible future. We’re very proud to play our part here in the East division, implementing new innovations like the Mixergy hot water tanks, and researching new ways of making our homes even more energy efficient.

“Collectively we’ll also be looking at tangible ways we can decarbonise our operations, in specific areas such as zero carbon homes, office environment, site environments, procurement and transportation – producing a roadmap of targets, measures and areas of interest to pursue as priorities.”