Our search for sustainable innovations to build net zero homes

Dr Zainab Dangana
Dr Zainab Dangana Sustainable Technology Solutions
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We’re looking for new, innovative, sustainable technologies and materials that will help net zero homes achieve environmental targets. 

Do you have cutting edge technology to help deliver zero carbon homes?

We are looking for suitable materials, products and processes for the development, design, construction and sale of low to high-rise residential developments. 

These could include resource efficient materials for the built environment with low embodied carbon content or those derived from natural resources. We are also looking for suppliers that can help implement Modern Methods of Construction as well as products that deliver significant biodiversity net gains, optimise building efficiency, help with the design and construction of zero carbon homes and save water.

Businesses keen to register their interest are being encouraged to visit and complete an application form.

Suppliers will be screened by Wates’ technical advisory panel of experts and successful suppliers will be piloted on Wates sites. Successful applicants will also be registered on the Wates Innovation Network (WIN) portal, a new online hub for suppliers of environmental technologies and services.

Launched in March 2021 to boost the industry’s transition to net zero, the first-of-its-kind and free to use network is designed to help businesses make connections and market their services across the construction industry. 

 Dr Zainab Dangana, Head of Sustainable Technology for Wates Group, says: 

Our search for Innovation Partners and the concept behind the WIN portal is to boost the industry’s move to zero carbon and support emerging green technologies. This campaign is a continuation of our search for new suppliers with a particular focus on the design and construction of low to high-rise residential developments. There must be many businesses out there who would like to work with Wates, and we are keen to find them too.”  

 Shami Kaler, Technical Director for Wates Residential, comments: 

We are one of the UK’s leading developers, working with local authorities and registered providers across the South of England, London and Wales. We already use multiple technologies on site to improve environmental operations, build with Modern Methods of Construction and to Passivhaus standards but we want to find new ways to build more sustainable homes to help us and our partners achieve our environmental ambitions.”   

Several WIN technologies have already been implemented across the Group to help Wates meet its net zero ambitions. An example of this is Propelair, which is an Innovation Partner that supplies water saving toilets. These have been installed at the Leatherhead headquarters to reduce water use by 87%, this has helped save carbon and provided cost savings at the same time too.