Lee Whitehead of Jewson explaining the workings of the new photovoltaic solar panels.

Jewson helps Sheffield builders go green

Published:  06 May, 2010

SHEFFIELD: Jewson held a special training and awareness day last week at its Sheffield Parkway branch designed to give builders, developers and architects all the information they need to go green.

Local construction professionals from across the city and the county were invited to the special sustainability day where experts from Jewson and leading suppliers were on hand to talk about the many sustainable products that are available to help builders reduce the carbon footprint of what they build and how to take advantage of government funding which incentivises the installation of such products.

The first session covered air and ground source heat pumps, which heat buildings by extracting heat from the air or ground surrounding the building and are increasingly used in many of today’s new buildings as an alternative to gas boilers.

Two further presentations looked at solar panels, covering both solar thermal units, which heat hot water, and photovoltaic (PV) panels, which turn sunlight into electricity. With the government’s new Feed-In Tariff for micro-electricity generation just being introduced Jewson are expecting a significant increase in demand for PV panels in 2010 as more and more people see the benefits of making their own electricity for use in the home or for selling it back to their electricity company. PV panels are now available as roof tiles.

Another presentation covered the increasing range of rainwater harvesting equipment that is now available on the market. These systems allow rainwater collected from the roof to be stored and used to flush toilets, run washing machines and water the garden. Using rainwater harvesting reduces demand on the mains water supply, saving users both water and money, and complies to new legislation designed to use water more efficiently and reduce flooding.

Finally those professionals attending were given the chance to further build their knowledge of sustainability with a presentation from Jewson’s specialist Greenworks training academy.

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