The chairman and managing director of builders merchant organisation the Builders Merchants Federation opened Howarth Timber’s new sustainability centre, The Howarth GreenHouse, in Rochdale.
Chairman Terry Parker and new managing director John Newcomb unveiled the new centre, which combines the latest environmentally focused products with specialist proven training solutions.
The centre, which is located on the same site in the town as the Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branch on Milnrow Road, will deliver training for installers via courses on underfloor heating, rainwater harvesting, small scale wind turbines and unvented hot water systems, amongst many more. These courses will be delivered by long-time Howarth Timber partner, EcoSkies, who boast over 50 years’ combined experience in installer training.
The launch event gave people the opportunity to get a closer look at innovative products such as rainwater harvesting systems, ground source heat pumps and solar hot water systems, as well as witnessing the live installation of a Solar PV system.
Mark Terry, National Sales Manager for Howarth Timber, said: “The renewable energy installation industry is the fastest growing area within the construction building services and engineering sectors and we’re delighted to introduce this innovative centre at our flagship branch in Rochdale. Through an exciting partnership with EcoSkies, the Howarth GreenHouse will provide a bank of specialist knowledge and resources at one of the few dedicated centres of its type in the North West.”
Newcomb said: “We are delighted to support all of our members who are embracing new initiatives and being progressive, especially on an issue that is so central to the BMF’s remit and to merchant life. Howarth has always been at the forefront of new initiatives in our industry and The Howarth GreenHouse is another great example of this. We wish Howarth every success with this new venture and in its push towards creating a greener and more sustainable environment.”