Luke with members of his team outside a Cora home
17th November 2023

Cora awarded for response to climate crisis

Cora are thrilled have received national award recognition for our response to climate change.

We were crowned winners of the Just Transition Award at the Edie Net-Zero Awards in London on Wednesday, November 15.

The award recognises businesses making strides in their journey to becoming net zero, with our business having set targets to halve our carbon emissions by 2030 ahead of our 2050 net zero ambitions.

As a profit-with-purpose housebuilder, we invest heavily into green policies – including our Grow Local programme, which allocates procurement preferences to smaller suppliers within a 50-mile radius of our developments.

We also recycled 96% (374 tonnes) of construction waste in 2021 while planting more than 9,000 trees and shrubs on our sites.

Luke Simmons, Our Manging Director, said: “At Cora we are dedicated to creating amazing places – and we couldn’t do that without having a key focus on the environment.

“All of us have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint and take steps to building a greener world.

“We are thrilled to receive recognition for our hard work with this prestigious award.”

A banner showing Cora's award win

Judges also commended us for our use of solar energy to power our compounds and for plans to use off-site construction for 80% of home completions by 2025.

Research is continuing into innovative waste water heat recovery systems for our homes, with a target set to stop the installation of fossil fuel heating systems.

This is not the first time we have been recognised for our environmental credentials, having also won a Gold Award for sustainability at the SME Northamptonshire Business Awards earlier this year.

Luke was also named Climate Champion of the Year at the Unlock Net Zero Live Awards.

Luke added: “We are continuing to show the industry the benefits of prioritising sustainability and our social responsibilities.

“The feedback we are receiving from our customers is incredible and stands testament to the quality of our homes.

“We will continue to innovate, improve and inspire others with our work in 2024.”

More information on our environmental credentials can be found in our Sustainability Report.