Tony Booth, a product development manager at builders merchant group Buildbase is one of the first three students to pass the new MOL training module on Sustainable Products.
Booth was also the only one to pass the course with a distinction.
MOL (Manchester Open Learning) modules are available via the BMF training department and the module has been devised to educate builders merchants’ staff about all aspects of sustainable building materials and renewable energy associated with construction.
The course looks at building regulations such as the code for sustainable homes, SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) ratings and SUD (Sustainable Urban Development) and follows a methodical journey through construction process, starting with groundworks and working up to the roof.
It describes ways in which recycled and sustainable products can be employed and also offers information on water saving and storage solutions such as rainwater harvesting. The module also covered alternative renewable energy sources such as solar and biomass.
More Buildbase staff will be enrolling in the course. With green issues in mind the company is installing ‘green eco-rooms’ at a number of its branches to showcase carbon-reducing products for builders. Buildbase has joined with Grafton Merchanting GB colleagues from Jacksons and Plumbase to form an Environmental Focus Group. It meets regularly to share ideas and consider new initiatives that will reduce environmental impact. Topics discussed to date have included recycling, skip cost reductions, CO2 reductions and energy-saving.