Lanarkshire builders merchants’ branch sets benchmark by attaining net zero carbon status


A builders’ merchants have set the bar for a greener future by realizing its first ever net zero carbon site.

Jewson’s branch in Wishaw is reflective of the company’s dedication to reach net zero emissions by 2050, as well as its wider purpose to make the world a better home.

The branch in the town’s Excelsior Street has been completely redeveloped and can now generate its own electricity through renewable energy.

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Improvements include the addition of solar panels on the roof, air source heating and a heat recovery system to capture waste heat within the building.

Additional measures also include new external and internal LED lighting and a new 180mm insulated roof to improve energy efficiency, new electric charging facilities for cars and vans and a brand-new fleet of electric fork lift trucks.

This will help to significantly reduce its energy usage and CO2 emissions from the branch.

All of the products used are also available to Jewish customers through the Making Better Homes range.

The site in Excelsior Street has attained net zero carbon status

The changes were supported by Jewson’s parent company, Saint-Gobain, and its Carbon Fund, which awarded the branch nearly £240,000 towards redevelopment.

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Brian Jennings, Branch Manager at Jewson Wishaw, said: “We all understand the challenges we face in combatting climate change, especially after COP26 in November.

“But by doing our bit, and making sure our branch is as energy efficient as possible, we’re making sure it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

“We’re so proud that the Wishaw branch is Jewson’s first net zero carbon branch and is leading the way for further cuts in carbon emissions across the company.”

Customers can now visit the Wishaw branch on Excelsior Street to learn how to make their own projects more energy efficient.

The Making Better Homes hub brings together relevant tips and guidance for tradespeople on how to create comfortable and more sustainable living spaces for their customers.

Allan Davidson, Regional Director at Jewson, said: “The Wishaw branch is a shining example of how we take energy efficiency and sustainability seriously at Jewson.

“This is just the type of the iceberg, and in the coming years you can expect to see plenty of changes and improvements being made to our branches and across our offering.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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