Builders merchant goes carbon neutral

The complete redevelopment of Jewson’s Whishaw branch proved to be the perfect opportunity to create the first carbon neutral site in the company’s network of branches.

With £240,000 of funding from parent company Saint-Gobain, impressive things were done to reach the zero carbon target. These included photo-voltaic panels on the roof, air source heating, heat recovery systems, new LED lighting throughout and a heavily insulated roof. In addition, new electric charging facilities were sited in the car park – perhaps the new fleet of electric fork lift trucks could use those too!

Jewsons was keen to point out that all of the products used in the upgrade are available through the Making Better Homes range of goods stocked by them. Customers are invited to visit the Wishaw branch to learn about energy efficiency and buy the products they need.

Brian Jennings, manager of the Wishaw branch, is very much aware of the need to combat climate change and is proud of the way that further cuts in carbon emissions will be achieved due to their example.

Saint-Gobain has already invested a further £162,00 to meet carbon targets in other Jewson branches across the country.

Allan Davidson, Regional Director, commented on how this upgrade is a ‘shining example’ of how seriously Jewsons takes on the carbon neutral challenge, and Mike Newnham (MD) states that Wishaw is just the beginning of the several multi-million-pound investments on the road to net zero. With the by-product of improving the retail space for colleagues and customers.

Energy aficionados who need more information can look at the Making Better Homes hub to find tips and guidance for trades to help them build more comfortable and sustainable living spaces for their customers.

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