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2nd December 2022

SME Climate Hub

A leading Midlands housing developer has pledged to halve its carbon emissions after signing up to an international climate initiative.

Northampton-based housebuilder Cora has joined the SME Climate Hub, an initiative aimed to empower small and medium-sized businesses to tackle global warming.

The pledge comes just a couple of months after Cora rebranded from Barwood Homes, becoming a profit-for-purpose business with a focus on the environment.

Luke Simmons, Managing Director at Cora, said his business is one of “very few” developers to make such a commitment to the environment at the expense of profit.

He said: “This feels like one of the first big steps we’re taking after rebranding to Cora.

“These are not PR or marketing buzzwords, we really mean it when we say we want to put sustainability and the environment at the heart of what we do.

“Reducing your carbon emissions is no easy feat – especially for property developers – but being a part of the hub gives us the tools and information we have to make that commitment a reality.”

Other Cora initiatives include building playgrounds using 100% recycled ocean plastics, while 96% of construction waste from its sites are now being recycled as opposed to going to landfill.

Energy efficiency and low-cost maintenance are baked into every Cora home, with plans in place to stop the installation of fossil-fuel heating in all homes by the end of 2024.

Homes will also include a welcome pack for buyers with tips on how to live a more sustainable and cost-effective lifestyle.

Luke added: “The reality is that by 2050 we are going to be living in a completely different world if we don’t start making changes now.”

“The thought of leaving family and friends in a worse world, knowing it’s something that we could have prevented, is not something I’m comfortable with.”

“We all have a role to play.”

Cora sites can be found across the Midlands, with current developments including Eagles Edge in Nottinghamshire and the new Stoche Acre site in Leicestershire.

More information on Cora and its latest developments can be found at