Monthly Archives: January 2013

Green Deal Business Support Session at Greenworks

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events, Sustainability | Posted on 30-01-2013

The Greenworks Training Academy has lots of courses to help you get ready for the Green Deal. Among those available is the Green Deal Installer (GDI) Business Support session.  If you want to become an accredited Green Deal installer – take a look!

Accredited Green Deal installers are required to undertake the energy efficient upgrades that the Green Deal is designed to instigate – such as insulation and new boilers, in domestic and non-domestic properties.

To meet this need, Greenworks’ Green Deal Installer (GDI) Business Support session, offers focused advice and support to trade professionals wanting to become accredited Green Deal installers.

A great starting point for any business wanting to enter the Green Deal – if you are interested in finding out more about the session visit: or to book a place on the course call Tel: 0121 328 9150.

Don’t forget you can also talk to our Greenworks team at Ecobuild on stand N1820. To register click here.

New Green Deal training guide from Greenworks!

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events | Posted on 29-01-2013

We have released our new Green Deal Training Guide! The courses are currently running at our Greenworks Training Academy in Birmingham, and are open to all trade pros looking to become qualified Green Deal Assessors or Installers.

With the Green Deal officially underway, the Green Deal Training guide highlights all courses at the academy. These now include: the Green Deal Energy Assessor Course, the Green Deal Energy Installer Course as well as Green Deal Business Support sessions.

The guide clearly outlines the structure of each course, including detailed info on course content, cost and any software provided. In addition, the training guide will gives you a summary of the competence and knowledge you will gain once you have completed the course.

To download a copy of the Green Deal Training Guide visit click here or ring our Greenworks Training Academy on 0121 328 9150.

Don’t forget you can also talk to our Greenworks team at Ecobuild on stand N1820. To register click here.

Part 13 – 1st Fix – Plumbing and Electrical – Written by Gary King

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in The Self Build Journey | Posted on 29-01-2013

When we first decided to renovate the house we took the decision to use an architect to draw up plans that showed the property’s layout. We then used him to create drawings that could be used for building control for the loft conversion. What we didn’t do was get electrical and plumbing specifications to show the position of the consumer unit, boiler, switches, fittings, radiators and pipework.

There was a method in our madness here; in as much as we wanted to see what the property looked like completely stripped back to bare walls. It’s only then that you can walk through imaging how you might come out of a room and flick on a light. The same can be said with radiators and towel rails – once installed they take up a great slice of a wall which means nothing can, or shouldn’t anyway, go in front of them. So in an odd kind of way, with the house but an empty shell, we find ourselves already thinking about interior design!

We marked up our layout plans with approximate positions and armed with a spray can, an electrician and a plumber went from

room to room putting a yellow dab for a light switch and light fitting, and red lines for the point where pipework would connect to a radiator.

Then we left it to the professionals to lay their cables and clip in their copper and plastic pipes. It sounds all terribly amateurish and to be honest it was – we did however save a considerable amount of money on architects fees and by going through the procedure in a hands on ‘let’s imagine living here’ kind of way it began the process of turning this drafty renovation into a home.

Whether we curse everytime we leave a room as we scrabble around in the dark looking for a light switch, or grumble that there are too few plug sockets in the utility time will only tell. For now though, at least I’m beginning to picture (ever so slightly) living here.


The Green Deal is here!

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events, Sustainability | Posted on 28-01-2013

No doubt you’ve read lots about it – but finally it’s here. The Green Deal is the government’s flagship eco policy, which aims to refurb 14 million homes by 2020 and help cut carbon emissions.

So what does that actually mean at the end of the day?

Well, in short it means that homeowners make energy efficient improvements to their homes (such as having a new boiler fitted, heating controls and a range of insulation work) with the aim of making their home more energy efficient.

This can be done without having to put the cash up front as a Green Deal Provider provides the capital – getting its money back via the homeowner’s energy bill.

All households and businesses are entitled to a Green Deal energy efficiency assessment, which can only be carried out by a certified Green Deal Advisor and work given the go-ahead must be carried out by an accredited Green Deal installer.

This means opportunities for lots of you out there, and many of you will already have taken training courses in preparation but if not, don’t worry the Green Deal is here till 2020. Keep your eyes peeled here as we’ll be bringing you regular updates on how our Greenworks Training Academy can help you get started.

Don’t forget you can also talk to our Greenworks team at Ecobuild on stand N1820. To register click here.

Jewson Equips Customers with Latest Tool Hire Catalogue

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Products & Services | Posted on 21-01-2013

We’re pleased to say that our new Tool Hire Catalogue for 2013 is now available at your local branch! With more than 20 detailed sections, the catalogue offers you a useful overview of our comprehensive range of tools and equipment as well as expert Health & Safety advice.

New additions to the catalogue include the Damp Proof Injection Gun, Mini Crusher, Flir Thermal Imaging Cameras, 300mm Electric Disc Cutter and GSH 11 VC Professional Demolition Hammer with SDS-max.

Your everyday essentials are still in the catalogue – including Power Tools, Concrete & Cutting Equipment, Flooring Preparation and Lighting & Power.

If you are on the go don’t forget that you can also reserve your tools online by going to Orders placed online will receive 30% off at the moment!

To pick up your free copy of the catalogue – pop into your local branch or order a copy online.

Sustainable Development Review

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Sustainability | Posted on 17-01-2013

Regular readers of our blog will know we take the issue of sustainable building very seriously here at Jewson, and as part of this commitment, we’ve just released our Sustainable Development Review for 2011-2012.

The Review is an overview of our activity in the key areas of environmental, economic and social, highlighting achievements we’ve made as well as outlining our future commitments.

You might be surprised by just how much we do at Jewson to keep ourselves as sustainable as possible. We work with suppliers to reduce in-bound packaging; with our branches to recycle waste and are constantly improving our logistics to reduce carbon emissions – to name but a few.

To view, download or to request a hard copy of The Sustainable Development Review 2011-2012 click here.

We’re supporting The ‘Coldest Journey’ Antarctic Expedition

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community | Posted on 11-01-2013

We’ve donated £3000 worth of building materials to the ‘Coldest Journey’ Antarctic expedition – led by the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The expedition aims to raise £6 million for ‘Seeing is Believing’, a global charity working to combat avoidable blindness.

The materials, donated by our Stafford branch, will be used to construct two specially engineered cabooses (sledge mounted living quarters), which will house the six-man team along with their equipment and fuel for the entire 2000-mile journey. The team will withstand temperatures as low as -90°C, travelling mostly in complete darkness.

The Coldest Journey is the first ever attempt to cross the trans-Antarctic continent during the polar winter.  As well as raising much needed funds for ’Seeing is Believing’, the team will also undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on marine life, oceanography, meteorology and the effect of climate change upon the poles. Keep up to date with the team’s progress on our blog!

Plastic Fantastic

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community | Posted on 07-01-2013

Over the Christmas period our staff were tasked with the challenge of raising the profile of plastics in their branch. Ranging from a drummer to Santa skiing here are some of the creative displays they came up with.

‘Take Your Best Shot’ Winners Announced!

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Competitons | Posted on 04-01-2013

Well done to the winners of our ‘Take Your Best Shot’ Facebook competition! The top three winners, Nigel Morris, Danielle Hatch and Shane Ross each received a DeWalt battery tool kit and an iPad3 worth over £2,000, with fourth placed Drew Newey winning a tool kit.

Overall winner Nigel, a Care Home Manager from Torquay, recently raised significant funds for a sensory garden to be built at the home and when he noticed a dog climb into one of the diggers – it gave him the inspiration for his winning snap. Second place went to Danielle, a heating and plumbing engineer, for a shot of her cheerleading team striking a pose, while third and fourth place were taken by Shane and Drew for their comical pug and snoozing workmen snaps.

We ran the comp to celebrate the launch of our new Tools Direct website. The site will let you purchase online any tools you need – the tools can then be delivered direct to your site or you can collect from one of our branches, A one-stop-shop for the trade, the site offers free delivery with click and collect orders, whilst home or site deliveries are free if you spend more than £50

Thanks to everyone who took part, we had some great entries! Visit our Facebook page to see them all or visit to order your tools.