Environment Secretary Hilary Benn MP has visited builders merchant group Wolseley’s Sustainable Building Center last week.
The tour was part of a visit of Defra-related businesses and organisations in the region.
Tim Pollard, Wolseley’s Head of Sustainability, said: “We were delighted to welcome the minister to the SBC and have the opportunity to highlight how Wolseley has taken the lead in the field of sustainability by establishing a UK-first facility. We also demonstrated how well placed the company is to address the sustainability agenda, with access to a substantial range of products and technologies, and an efficient and established supply chain.”
Benn said: “The Wolseley Sustainable Building Center is a fantastic resource for those in the construction industry to learn about new sustainable products and construction methods that are available today.
“Anyone involved in the built environment – from architects to developers, to construction workers – can benefit, and it’s exactly these sorts of initiatives that will help us make the transition to a more sustainable society.”
Michael Ankers, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association (CPA), also attended the tour of the SBC. He said: “The CPA would like to see the government incentivising the use of these products and technologies to encourage a wider take-up in improving the country’s existing housing stock, for example, accelerating the replacement of the most inefficient central heating boilers.”