Jewson fills gap in the market

Published:  13 July, 2011

COVENTRY: There is a huge demand for information and training on sustainable products and building practices. With this, Jewson is helping to address this gap in the market by holding a number of sustainability days in its branches throughout the UK.

This demand has been demonstrated through the high number of trade professionals in attendance.

To date, approximately 750 professionals have attended sustainability days held at Lytham St Annes, Flitwick, Fakenham, Hull, Stockport, Oxford, Norton and Sheffield branches, in addition to a evening event at Gloucester Rugby.

From two events held this year, 42 trade professionals have signed up to the Greenworks’ PV Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) training.

Jewson’s sustainability days enable the branch and its suppliers to share information on sustainable products and building practices. The events, which are ideal for local builders, contractors, self-builders and DIYers, offer advice and help about meeting requirements under the Code for Sustainable Homes and the building regulations.

Neil Hope of NIBE, a Jewson supplier, held a seminar at the Flitwick branch day. Mr Hope commented, “These seminars enable us to provide product awareness, in addition to letting people know what drives the market through renewable technologies. There are varying people that attend these events, so it is important that we vary the information to suit the different attendees.

With this, we also provide a certain amount of technical information on how the products can be used.”

With presentations every hour from specialist suppliers covering topics such as heat pumps, solar PV, solar thermal, rainwater harvesting, insulation and underfloor heating, visitors gain a wealth of useful information. In addition, information is also provided on the Greenworks Training Academy, a dedicated training centre, which can be used by Jewson customers who wish to gain hands-on knowledge of sustainable product solutions, renewable technologies and MCS Accreditation.

Malcolm Gough, market director – sustainability at Jewson commented: “Sustainability and green building practices are becoming increasingly important. For this, a lot of our customers have been asking for information and training on these building practices and, these events give our customers the ideal opportunity to find out more about the various energy saving technologies, Feed-in-Tariffs, legislation and new products available, whilst gaining the necessary advice to help meet the Code for Sustainable Homes.

"Furthermore, the second edition of Jewson’s Sustainable Building Guide is also due for release this month. Over 60 000 copies have been requested to date – this really is a testament to the demand for knowledge by the market.”

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