Builders merchant chain Buildbase is taking a roadshow around the UK this month to educate staff about the latest environmental legislation and products available.
The ‘Go Green Roadshows’ will showcase key environmental products and help branches understand the changing demands of the construction industry driven by legislation, consumer demand and environmental concerns.
During January presentations will be held at five locations – Perth, Chester, Leicester, Bristol and Hatfield – with a complementary supplier display area involving ten companies specialising in environmental technology.
Over 350 representatives from Buildbase and other brands within Grafton Merchanting GB will be attending the half day events. There will then be information and literature available for branches to support staff with their customer enquiries.
The roadshows have been co-ordinated by product development manager Tony Booth, who will be addressing delegates on new industry legislation including Code for Sustainable Homes, ISO14001 and the Chain of Custody.
Four suppliers will give presentations on their products including: Dave Hall of Grant UK (solar heating and solar PV); Peter Fergusson, Trianco (air source heat pumps); Neil Christer, Villavent (heat recovery and ventilation) and Kevin Roe, Kingspan (rainwater harvesting). Other manufacturers involved in the product display include: Brett Landscaping; IKO; Xtratherm; Fakro; Marley Eternit and Aggregate Industries.
Richard Coles, Buildbase lightside product manager, will be covering Buildbase’s green initiatives including what the business has achieved so far and future plans. Richard will speak about preferred suppliers, product categories, marketing, training, branch displays, Buildbase green rooms, the Go Green brochure and website and the intranet enquiry and order facility.
Booth said: “This is such an important, emerging market but there is a lot of information that can be confusing. The presentations will demystify the subject and give key staff the chance to learn and ask questions. The ultimate aim is to drive sales forward and give our branches the expertise to sell these products with confidence.”
The content of the presentations will be available on the website as a reference point for staff.
Buildbase has environmental champions at the majority of its branches who have a greater depth of knowledge in this field.