You may have read a lot in the papers recently about the proposed Green Deal, a government led initiative to help households meet the upfront cost of making homes more energy efficient.
Here’s some of the detail behind the headlines:
- Due to be launched late in 2012, the Green Deal will allow for the installation of energy efficient measures which will be paid for using the saving on the fuel bill.
- It is likely the following technologies will be included:
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning: Condensing boilers; Heating controls; Under-floor heating; Heat recovery systems; Mechanical ventilation (non-domestic); Flue gas recovery devices
Building fabric: Cavity wall insulation; Loft insulation; Flat roof insulation; Internal wall insulation; External wall insulation; Draught proofing; Floor insulation; Heating system insulation (cylinder, pipes); Energy efficient glazing and doors
Lighting: Lighting fittings; Lighting controls
Water heating: Innovative hot water systems; Water efficient taps and showers
Microgeneration: Ground and air source heat pumps; Solar thermal; Solar PV; Biomass boilers; Micro-CHP.
- Homeowners will only be eligible for the new incentive if they can meet one ‘golden rule’ – that they will redeem the cost of the installation within 25 years, through the savings they make as a result of reduced bills.
- To assure consumers that they will be fully protected, climate change minister Greg Barker announced plans to set up a Green Deal Code and advice line and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) was appointed to accredit Green Deal installers and assessors.
Visit the Greenworks website for further information on all things green and details of our training courses.
Our Sustainability team are currently at Greenbuild Expo, sustainable refurbishment and building event in Manchester. Malcolm Gough, Sustainability Director, Steve Millward, Sustainability and Quality Director and Steve Warwick, Sustainable Solutions Director held a seminar about the role of Jewson in delivering the green agenda. Speaking to Malcolm Gough, it seems that the seminar was really interactive and generated some great conversations which were continued later on the Jewson stand.
Steven Smith, who also works within Sustainability at Jewson has great things to say about Greenbuild Expo so far “Customers seem really positive about the event and are delighted to see Jewson at Greenbuild this year”. A hot topic seems to be the Greenworks Training Academy which offers people training on sustainable building solutions and provides all construction professionals with in-depth advice and support. There has been a great appreciation for this at Greenbuild this year as builders and people in the industry want to know more about sustainable building solutions and how to use them. Customers have also highlighted that it makes building sustainably more convenient for them which is great!
Overall so far so good at Greenbuild Expo. The three speakers from Jewson will be holding another Seminar on the 2nd day of Greenbuild at 10am. This will specifically focus on The Greenworks Training Academy and will highlight Jewson’s commitment to a more sustainable future!
We held another of our Sustainability open days in Flitwick last week. Held at the local branch, the day was a great success, with over 100 people coming along and talking to suppliers and sitting in on sustainability seminars. The event was about sharing information on sustainable products and building practices, as well as advice on meeting requirements under the Code for Sustainable Homes and the building regulations. Here’s some footage from the event…
Remember our Jewson team will be bringing their expertise in the field of sustainability to Greenbuild Expo 2011, taking place on the 29th-30th June at Manchester Central.
The Jewson stand will take its theme from our Sustainable Building Guide, which offers advice on legislation, Government incentives and provides an overview of sustainable products and practices for both new build and RMI projects.
Visitors to the stand will also learn more about the Greenworks Training Academy, which provides unbiased training and support on a variety of sustainable solutions via e-leaning and practical multi-disciplinary courses.
In addition, if you are planning to attend the exhibition – be sure to look in on the useful seminars. Some of the Jewson team will be guest speakers at the event and will be talking about sustainable building solutions and how the construction sector is striving to become more environmentally friendly. As industry experts, we will host two separate guest speaker appearances over two days. Steve Millward, Malcolm Gough and Steve Warwick will be talking about ‘The role of builders’ merchant in delivering the green agenda’ and ‘The Greenworks Training Academy.’
We’re really excited for the Greenbuild and look forward to seeing you there! Find out more about the Greenbuild Expo here www.greenbuildexpo.co.uk
We’ve just expanded our online services with the launch of two new interactive facilities via our website. Jewson Trade Talk provides a platform for you to share knowledge, advice and best practice. In addition, Ask Jack offers you the opportunity to submit questions on sustainable building, which will be answered instantly by Jack – our online Branch Manager.
Our new Jewson Trade Talk forum allows you to post questions and chat informally with others within the industry, whether it is to offer practical tips, share best practice, or simply submit questions you need answers to. With the launch of the forum, we are enabling our customers and non-customers to interact in this way creating an online community of industry professionals.
Furthermore, we continue to help tradesman make sense of sustainability with our innovative Ask Jack facility. Users can view frequently asked questions on sustainable building and detailed answers are supplied instantly by Jack, our friendly and knowledgeable, online Branch Manager.
Visit both Jewson Trade Talk and Ask Jack via www.jewson.co.uk.
Our Public Sector team have been at the CIH Housing 2011 conference & exhibition in Harrogate this week. Speaking to Andrew Tait, our Sector Director at Jewson, it sounds like it has been a really positive experience for all involved; ‘Customers are extremely interested in value for money and this seems to be the main focus of conversations at the Jewson stand, as well as satisfaction for tenants and tailoring services to meet the customer’s needs and expectations.’
Jewson are also running a competition which has proven very popular with conference attendees. The prize is £1000 worth of building materials for a social housing project, and we’ll be announcing the winners shortly.
Andrew particularly enjoyed the opening seminar, held my Dennis Turner, Chief Economist for HSBC, covering the new economic landscape as well ad an excellent evaluation of the importance of housing with regards to economic growth.
This afternoon Housing Minister Grant Shapps will be at the conference for the Ministerial session and the presentation of the housing pact. Presenter, and Chief Exec of CIH, Sarah Webb addresses the question of how the land lies twelve months after the housing pact was made in an article on The Guardian here. Encouraging people in the housing market to attend and be heard she concludes: ‘Even more reason for people who care about housing to get involved in creating this year’s housing pact and being part of presenting the sector’s demands to Grant Shapps, the housing minister, on the last day of the conference.’
The President of CIH also appealed to the government and the wider community to put housing at the top of economic priorities in his Keynote speech.
It is positive to see the flag being flown for housing, and we look forward to this afternoon’s session with anticipation. The full schedule of the last day at CIH Housing is available on the website.
We’ve recently launched the new Greenworks website and Greenworks Training Prospectus, which allows Jewson customers to have even easier access to essential information and training on renewable energy and sustainable building products. Our Greenworks training academy has grown to become the UK’s recognised authority and market expert in sustainable building product solutions and provides all construction professionals with in-depth advice, support and unbiased training on a number of levels.
Our Greenworks website offers a wealth of information on a wide range of renewable systems including solar PV and thermal systems, heat pumps, biomass boilers as well as water conservation, drainage and recovering. In addition, the website contains information on sustainable building materials such as timber, insulation, doors and windows. Easy to navigate, the website allows you to download supplier brochures and technical specifications.
Although there is a wealth of information on the Greenworks website – nothing can replace practical hands-on training. The new Greenworks Training Prospectus is available to download now and covers a range of introductory, qualification and MCS training courses taking place at the Greenworks Training Academy in Birmingham.