DECC pays a visit to Saint-Gobain Technical Academy

Published:  30 September, 2014

Saint-Gobain’s newest Technical Academy has received a visit from the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s Green Deal Communities Team.

The delegates visited the academy in Flitwick, Bedfordshire to be updated on the latest solid wall insulation systems and solutions, and observed demonstrations and installations of internal and external wall insulation, including systems from British Gypsum, Celotex, Isover and Weber.

Part of a network of training facilities, the Saint-Gobain Technical Academies are designed to help address the skills shortage in the construction industry, as well as forming a crucial part of the work Saint-Gobain is undertaking to improve the existing housing stock.

Mark Weaver, project director for Retrofit at Saint-Gobain, said: “It is always encouraging to receive a visit from any trade body, government department or interested party, so we were obviously pleased to welcome members of DECC’s Green Deal Communities team.

“The systems we develop and manufacture are important for demonstrating how measures such as wall insulation form part of a whole house retrofit solution, which can enable homeowners and landlords to make homes more energy efficient. We have made significant investment in our training infrastructure and the message we are keen to convey is that even the most innovative systems are only truly effective if they are installed correctly.

“Part of the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy’s role is to ensure that new and existing trade professionals are of the highest calibre, trained on innovative and sustainable systems and with the opportunity to up-skill to technologies developed by Saint-Gobain. Saint-Gobain is supplying to a number of the Green Deal Communities schemes and can deliver training and service support to ensure that the highest quality workmanship is achieved. The day was informative for both parties and demonstrates the collaborative approach to driving the energy efficiency agenda with government and industry working together.”

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