CALA Group has launched a Sustainability Strategy which will see each of its divisions play a major role in a more environmentally responsible future – with the homebuilder’s West of Scotland team backing the plans.
Reinforcing CALA’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, the strategy will provide a new focus to help the business achieve its targets of building 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 CALA Homes (West) team – which currently has 10 live developments across Scotland including Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire – have been empowered to be at the heart of the strategy alongside their colleagues from across the UK, driving forward a number of innovations, trials and ideas to reduce CALA’s environmental impact now and in the future.
A West of Scotland ‘Green Team’ has been established along with nine others from each of CALA’s offices, to brainstorm, research and implement initiatives which will help bring about positive change in the region, from energy saving and recycling measures within offices, to employee wellbeing and meaningful community support initiatives. In total, more than 90 employees across the CALA businesses are actively involved in helping to achieve its sustainability objectives.
One measure the West of Scotland team is focused on is cutting plastic waste generated on site as a result of roughcast deliveries. In a pilot at the team’s Maidenhill development in Newton Mearns, a switch to larger one-tonne roughcast bags will see up to 9,000 plastic bags saved throughout the build of CALA’s latest phase of the development.
The team is also looking at a range of technology to help customers live more sustainably too, and is installing solar panels at Balgray Gardens at Maidenhill in Newton Mearn.
Jim McIntyre, Managing Director of CALA Homes (West), 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 West of Scotland division, whether it’s coming up with new ways of saving energy in our offices, taking part in technology trials on our developments, or feeding into working groups with other CALA regions.
“Collectively we’ll 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.”
The roadmap includes research on and testing of various technological innovations, including the investigation of measures such as infrared heat mats and panels, battery and thermal storage technology, hydrogen and electric boilers, mechanical ventilation systems and new concepts around biodiversity.
The business will also look at the basics of how it operates – from how it engages with suppliers and subcontractors, to how colleagues travel and offices are run, and the ways CALA interacts with communities and wider infrastructure.
Jim McIntyre continues: “A key part of the Sustainability Strategy is to embed sustainability into the CALA culture, so it’s really important that the team across the business helps drive it. We want CALA to be a place to be proud of, for our customers, our contractors and our colleagues.”
For more information on CALA’s Sustainability Strategy, visit www.cala.co.uk/sustainability.