CALA Group has made two key senior appointments as its Sustainability Strategy, launched earlier this year, continues to build momentum.
Kathryn Dapré has taken up the role of Head of Sustainability, with Robin Dodyk joining as Head of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). They will help drive its commitment to be operational net zero carbon by 2030, as well as reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the Scottish Government’s 2045 target and ahead of UK Government’s 2050 target. These goals reflect owner Legal & General’s pledge to make all its new housing stock operational net zero carbon enabled from 2030, as part of its wider commitment to set science-based targets and align with the UN Paris Agreement and global efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Kathryn will direct CALA's roadmap of research, innovations and targets across key areas contributing to reducing its environmental impact, working closely with regional teams to empower its colleagues to play their own part in carbon reduction.
With 28 years of experience across a wide spectrum of sustainability and climate change focused roles, Kathryn joins CALA from NHS Scotland, where as Head of Energy and Sustainability, she was instrumental in developing and implementing national sustainability policies and strategies. including the development of the NHS Scotland Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy.
Having spent more than 44 years in the construction sector, including over 20 years with Oregon Timber Frame in Selkirk. Robin Dodyk will guide the business in adopting greener housing, leading on MMC research, trials and implementation, as well as associated training and development for the wider team. He will initially spearhead a major initiative to roll-out timber frame across CALA’s entire range of homes, ensuring efficiencies in the 40% of homes which already use timber frame as well as establishing and executing a strategy to efficiently introduce it to the rest of the business.
Robin said: “Within the construction industry, our route to reducing carbon will involve a lot of change and innovative thinking if we’re to achieve our sustainability goals. It’s an exciting time to join the CALA team when our environmental impact is at the forefront of the agenda. With timber frame offering up to a 20% reduction in embodied carbon over similar size traditional building methods, our plans to switch to this new approach is a huge focus. We will also explore other elements of MMC and wider innovations in construction to help achieve our net zero ambitions.”