Our sustainability journey

Sustainability has been a focus for some time at Cala, and we’ve already taken significant steps to reduce our environmental impact and help our customers live more sustainably, too. 

In 2021 we launched a new Sustainability Strategy to provide a structured approach to achieving our ambitious targets. These include building homes for our customers that are operationally net zero carbon enabled from 2030 and reaching net zero total greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Scottish Government’s 2045 deadline and ahead of UK Government’s 2050 target. Work is also underway to meet our target of homes being gas free on all sites starting in 2024.

New build homes are known to be more energy efficient than older properties, as detailed here in our ‘Why Buy New’ guide, however, to achieve our sustainable development goals, there is so much more we can do. We are examining the very fabric of the homes we build and the green technology we install within them to help drive down our carbon footprint. 

We are researching, trialling and implementing a number of clever design features and technologies across our homes to help reduce their impact on the planet.

Some of the green technologies already in place across our developments include:

Electric Vehicle Charging

We believe that not only must we strive to build homes that are more sustainable, we must also give our customers the tools and technology they need to operate their homes with zero emissions. One way we are doing this is through the roll-out of electric vehicle charging capabilities on our developments and we have already made significant headway, with multiple sites already fully equipped or enabled. Our aim is that from June 2023 Cala will ensure that all plots at legal completion stage will have active EVC installed – a huge step forward in helping our customers to live more sustainably.

Water Efficiency Measures

Water supplies across the UK are becoming less predictable and due to the processes involved, every litre of water from our taps has its own carbon footprint, so the need to reduce personal water consumption across the country is becoming ever more important. To allow our customers to increase their water efficiency and help play their part in the fight against climate change, Cala has introduced high-efficiency shower heads, and flow-controlled aerators to taps to help reduce water wastage, and potentially water bills for customers in England.

Sustainable Development

These technologies are being rolled out in more and more of our new homes, however changing construction methods and energy provision on existing sites is not always possible, so while we complete those sites, not all of our homes will have the features listed. Customers should speak with their sales consultant and read the specification for their home for the details of what is included on their development.

There’s no doubt we still have some way to go on our sustainability journey, but we are committed to investigating new ways to be greener across all of our sites, no matter the constraints, and to being ahead of legislation when it comes to carbon reduction.

As we work towards our goal of becoming operationally net zero, our customers’ impact on the environment will also reduce significantly over the coming years – it’s a journey we will take together.

To find out more about our sustainable development goals and how we plan to achieve them, visit our sustainability page.

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