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Two layers are better than one

The German Institute for Building Technology has approved Styrodur 3035 CS, Styrodur 4000 CS and Styrodur 5000 CS from BASF for double-layer installation in inverted roofs.

BASF has proven that the double-layer installation of Styrodur C in the inverted roof is possible in terms of construction physics. This means that the inverted roof, which offers several advantages for flat roofs, can be applied to meet particularly stringent insulation requirements as well.

Insulation material thicknesses up to 400mm are now permitted. Thus, future requirements for the insulation of inverted roofs can already be met today. An inverted roof is a flat-roof construction, in which the insulation material lies above the waterproofing, creating a layered structure that combines energy-efficient thermal insulation with long-term structural protection.

This design is made possible because Styrodur C absorbs hardly any water due to its closed-cell foam structure and the foam skin on both sides. Styrodur C has been officially approved since 1978 for use in inverted roofs. Up to now, only the single-layer installation of extruded polystyrene was permitted in inverted roofs.

The insulation panels for double-layer installation must be covered with a water-repellent and permeable separating layer in such a way that most of the rainwater runs permanently and securely off the surface. Thus, existing inverted roofs with single-layer insulation can be renovated so that they comply to modern insulation standards. They can be upgraded at low cost and under any weather conditions by supplementing the existing waterproofing and insulation by a second insulating layer of Styrodur C and by a separating layer.

Also new buildings with particularly effective thermal insulation can now reap the benefits of the inverted roof and so comply to the latest energy consumption standards: in the inverted roof, the waterproofing is protected by the insulation layer against thermal and mechanical stress. So, the service life of the roof is considerably prolonged.


Environmental accreditation

Nationwide Windows has been accredited to IS14001.

The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard recognises a company’s environmental processes and impact. It forms part of Nationwide Windows existing environmental policy and commitment to on-going improvement of its operation’s production efficiency and sustainability.

Chris Costall, health, safety and environmental manager at window fabricator Nationwide said: “The benefits of pursuing ISO 14001 speak for themselves in terms of reducing energy consumption, waste and ultimately running costs, making better use of resources and raw materials makes both good environment and business sense for all.

“We’ve recently undergone a comprehensive environmental review of the resources we use, from pollution prevention, waste management and recycling.”

As part of the review, Nationwide Windows invested in a CK Waste Solutions twin-chamber baling machine to ensure none of its recyclable cardboard and polythene packaging waste ended up in landfill.

“We’ve been extremely impressed with the performance of what is a relatively small machine,” Chris said. “Its compaction force is incredible and we’re now receiving revenue for materials we were previously paying to have removed from our site.”

CK Waste Solutions can visit your site and provide free impartial advice on how best to help your company become more environmentally friendly while saving money on ever increasing skip costs.

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Sustainable short list

Profile 22 has been shortlisted in the sustainability innovation category of the Sustainable Housing Awards 2011 for its low carbon BRE rated recycled window system Reco22.

The fourth year in succession that the Epwin Group PVC-U windows systems company has achieved a short listing, Reco22 is manufactured solely from recycled material.

Using just 6% of the CO2 in production when compared to profile manufactured using virgin material, the system secured a dedicated A+ rating across all domestic applications from the Building Research Establishment in February this year.

This is a first and to date the only award of a dedicated A+ BRE rating for any window system in any material type. The system also boasts its own listing in the BRE’s Green Book Live.

Achieving a U-value of as low as 0.8W/m2K, Reco22 also delivers significant energy and by implication CO2 savings in life.

Andrew Reid, commercial sales development director, Profile 22 said: “We have a window that in using recycled profile dramatically cuts the CO2 used in production and by combining recycled content with advanced thermal performance will help cut CO2 during its service life.

“It supports the sector in hitting targets in new build in the Green Guide, the Code for Sustainable Homes and for cutting the carbon footprint of existing social housing.”

The Sustainable Housing Awards, organised by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing, focus on the best green social housing projects and innovations. Last year nearly 600 people attended the event, which was hosted by comedian Mark Watson, and in 2009 Jon Snow was the master of ceremonies.


Free light bulbs

Totalight is giving away its new ‘next generation’ dimmable LED lamps in return for a share of the energy savings that they create.

These new lights replace energy hungry 50W GU10 halogens and match them with the latest dimmable capability, yet are powered by just 5.3 watts of electricity. The power saving is considerable, claims Totalight and this is how the company recoups the initial outlay for the lamps, as an alternative to a traditional outright purchase.

To agree the payback, those receiving the lamps disclose the pence per kilowatt of electricity that they are paying and agree the average hours of daily usage. Using these figures, Totalight calculates and agrees a percentage share of the recipient’s future savings. This is then payable on receipt of energy bills over a two-year period, ensuring that from the moment the lamps are installed the recipient is achieving energy savings with no initial cost. After two years, full ownership is transferred to the recipient, who then receives all ongoing energy savings.

Totalight managing director, Mark Blanchfield, said: “We want to make energy saving as simple and achievable as possible. By giving our new lamps away, we smash any reluctance caused by the high purchase price seen currently in the LED market. Our aim isn’t only to save our customers money on their electricity bills, but also to help them to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint helping towards CRC.”

An example organisation replacing 1,000 halogen lamps for Totalight LEDs would save about 90% on their energy bills, cutting £11,000 off each year. In this example the money saving is enhanced by carbon output savings of 41 metric tons per year.


Never-ending improvements

The new Infinity Window System from Veka can achieve a U-value of just 0.80 W/m²K, following stringent testing on the recycled window system.

The Infinity system contains up to 80% recycled material, and its co-extrusion means that all external surfaces are virgin polymer, therefore colour-stable and free from lead-based additives.

The Infinity system, launched last year is an entirely co-extruded system comprising ten window and door profiles, all fully compatible with the existing Matrix 70 system. The U-value of 0.80 W/m²K is achieved using glass units filled with argon gas, and not krypton.

Veka sales and marketing director, Colin Torley, said: “It took a leap of faith for our first client to take the recycled route, but now many others are sure to follow and the industry is now more than ready to accept a recycled product.”


Plastic fantastic

EcoSheet is a new panel, produced in Luton by 2K Manufacturing, and is made entirely from waste plastic.

The UK currently landfills over 4.5m tonnes of plastic every year, with only a small fraction ever being recycled.

EcoSheet’s waterproof durability make it suitable for wide ranging applications across many industries. One prominent usage is in construction site hoarding, with many leading companies such as Willmott Dixon, Miller Construction, Morgan Sindall and Wates all using the product, and national framework agreements with Lend Lease, The Apollo Group, ISG Pearce and ASDA.

EcoSheet also works well in fabrication, meaning it can be turned into everything from desks to exhibition stands to animal houses. Innovative companies are taking this pioneering material into many new areas.

EcoSheet can currently be seen on the Gold Medal winning World Vision Garden at Hampton Court or, less exotically, on a number of construction sites in the form of hoarding.

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Window to lower U-values

Window installers looking for a cost effective way of meeting demand for energy efficient windows can now choose WER A rated windows with a U-value of just 0.8 from Clydebank based Enviro Windows and Doors.

The new EnviroFusion window is fabricated by Belfast based Dessian Products. It is based around a slim-line Rehau 70mm frame, transom and sash with thermal insert and a triple glazed, Krypton filled sealed unit fitted by Enviro Glass.

Trade manager Tommy Girvan said: “The frames are designed to compete with standard A rated windows which typically have a U-value of around 1.4W/m2K, so they give installers a significant competitive advantage with only a marginal price difference.

“They are ideal for the new build private and social housing markets where specifications increasingly demand high performance, energy efficient windows and for the replacement market where consumers want an A-rated frame with the added advantage of exceptional sound insulation.

The EnviroGlass sealed units overcome the problems of visual distortion and multiple reflections sometimes experienced with triple glazed sealed units by using Diamante glass for the central pane. They are also Krypton rather than Argon filled which achieves higher thermal performance.

The EnviroFusion window has been fully certified by Certass and come with a full 10 year warranty.


New carbon homes brochure

UK building systems company The Litchfield Group has launched an updated version of its brochure detailing how six star ratings under the code for sustainable homes can be achieved using Sheerframe windows and doors.

The eight-page guide provides advice to housebuilders, social housing providers and private homeowners. It outlines the government’s policy on reducing carbon emissions and explains how buildings can gather points towards star ratings under the nine identified design categories.

Because Sheerframe windows and doors deliver excellent weather tightness and energy performance they can be central towards the achievement of a zero carbon ratings, which requires a category six under the energy element in the code for sustainable homes. In the 4th edition of the Green Guide to Specification published by the BRE Sheerframe PVC frames perform to A and A+ levels, the highest attainable.

Sheerframe windows have featured alongside other Litchfield Group components – ICF Tech walls and Masterdor doors – in a range of landmark developments including the acclaimed Code Level 5 social and private housing development at Brookwood Farm in Woking.

Copies of the ‘Towards zero carbon homes’ – how to reach six star ratings” are downloadable from the group website

Switched on

Verbatim has launched seven new additions to its range of energy-saving LED lamps.

The lamps, which have a service life of up to 35,000 hours, provide between 70% and 85% energy savings over conventional types of comparable light output. They are designed as direct replacements for incandescent light bulbs, halogen lamps and compact fluoresecent lamps (CFLs) in general purpose lighting.

Five of the new products are spotlights with GU10 sockets. These operate from a 200-240VAC grid supply. They have power ratings between 4W and 8W and replace conventional lamps rated from 20W to 60W. Colour temperatures range from 2700K warm white to 5300K cool white and the minimum colour rendering index (CRI) of these lamps is between 75 and 80, depending on the model.

A new MR16 spotlight with a GU5.3 socket operates from 12VAC or DC. The 6.5W lamp can be used to replace 20W conventional types and has a lifetime of 35,000 hours. It offers cools white light at 4200K and has a minimum CRI of 75.

With an E27 (screw type) fitting, Verbatim's new R63 8W spotlight is the most powerful of the new solid state LED lamps. It replaces conventional lamps rated at 60W, providing energy savings of over 80%.

Like the MR16 lamps, its CRI is at least 75, service life is 35,000 hours and the lamp is dimmable.

With the exception of two 5.5W GU10 models, all the new lamps are dimmable.

All Verbatim LED lamps are based on phosphor coatings applied to blue LEDs. This creates a broad spectrum of white light. Lenses within the fixtures focus the light and built-in electrical circuits drive the LEDs efficiently, enabling initial costs to be recovered through energy savings and the exceptionally long service life of the lamps.

In Europe, lighting in homes and businesses accounts for about 20% of all electricity consumption, so conversion to LED lighting has a significant impact on enegy usage and carbon footprint. Unlike CFLs, which contain mercury, LED lamps do not contain hazardous materials.

Verbatim LED lamps are available through major electrical wholesalers and retailers. Suggested retail prices start at £15.70 each, depending on the type.


Warm appointments

Web Dynamics, manufacturer of the TLX range of multi-foil insulation, has appointed two regional specification managers to deliver a better understanding of how multi-foils can help improve the thermal performance of the UK’s housing stock.

Anna Williamson and Dare Oduye have been appointed to create greater awareness and understanding, at a project’s design stage, of the applications and benefits multi-foil insulation can deliver.

Working with architects, specifiers, contractors, procurement managers, LABC and conservation and heritage officers, Anna and Dare will deliver technical and CPD presentations across the UK. The presentations will focus upon issues with current housing stock, changes to Part L and ways of improving insulation to achieve better U-values and air tightness without condensation risk. They will also highlight the points of difference and applications for Web Dynamics’ product portfolio.

Anna Williamson (35) is a qualified architectural technologist with ten years on-site knowledge and experience as a private developer. Anna has a remit to work across the north of England.

Anna said: “This is a fantastic opportunity. I have been passionate about the renovation and refurbishment of older properties for many years and there is a definite need for more understanding of multi-foils and their place in new and existing build upgrades.

“Web Dynamics is a company with integrity in the multi-foil marketplace – they are innovative and inspiring. They develop products that complement the needs of today’s builds and improve the fabric of our hard to treat dwellings in the UK.”

Dare Oduye, 24, regional specification manager for the south of England has a background in architecture and architectural engineering and a holistic appreciation of sustainable building design principles, having been involved in a range of high profile projects. Prior to joining Web Dynamics, Dare also spent two years working as a technical advisor for a major manufacturer of PIR rigid board insulation, responsible for liaising with consultants, technical designers and architects on specific applications of the product range.

Dare said: “Having already delivered a number of CPD presentations for Web Dynamics it is clear that our audience is very excited about the benefits of using TLX multi-foils to improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings. They are in search of innovative ways to achieve an energy efficient building fabric compliant with the increasing demands of Part L without losing valuable living space and multi-foil insulation can do just that.”


Improved thermal efficiency

Delivering a lambda value of 0.021 W/mK, Celotex’s new premium performance insulation has achieved an ‘A+’ rating when compared to the BRE Green Guide 2008, British Board of Agrément Validation and Class O fire performance.

The foil faced polyisocyanurate (PIR) FR5000 board has been developed specifically for use in pitched roofs, floors and walls.

The newly achieved 0.021 W/mK lambda value means that FR5000 can now offer even better U-values. This will allow specifiers to opt for thinner insulation solutions to meet these requirements, improving useable space and reducing material costs. Likewise, for schemes where the utmost degree of insulation is required, enhanced targets can be met with minimal profile thickness.

FR5000 is not affected when exposed to moisture, and it is substantially lighter than these types of products leading to ease of on-site handling and less weight of any waste material to dispose of.

FR5000 also offers a Class O fire rating; the first PIR board with this accreditation. The classification applies across the entire product, not just the foam core.

“We are delighted that the FR5000 series has achieved the lowest ever lambda value for Celotex PIR insulation,” said Paul Evans, product manager for Celotex. “At Celotex, we are always striving to develop the best products, so that contractors, architects and specifiers have access to the best materials for their projects and the new lambda value is testament to this ongoing commitment.”

New brise soleil

A solar shading system has been launched by Kawneer.

The AA130 Brise Soleil system optimises natural daylight within the building and limits solar heat gain and glare for its users.

Kawneer’s new AA130 Brise Soleil system can suite with the company’s 50mm AA100, 65mm AA110 and unitised AA201 curtain walling systems, 451PT and AA4001 framing systems, and AA600TE (thermally enhanced) and AA600TEPlu window series.

It comprises a range of extruded aluminium blades in a variety of shapes (aerofoil and quarter round), sizes (100mm to 400mm), spans (up to a maximum of 6,400mm) and colours (130 standard and 31 metallic, guaranteed for up to 30 years) to suit any project – residential, commercial, education or healthcare – where solar heat and glare is a factor.

Horizontal single-blade options give three angles up to 45º while the horizontal outrigger and multiple blade options give three reaches up to 2,000mm to give design flexibility for specifiers looking for natural over mechanical ventilation, and glazing systems and brise soleil from a single manufacturer.

Integration with Kawneer’s curtain walling, framing and window systems is achieved using specially-designed connection brackets, intended to offer ease of installation on even the most demanding projects.

All elements of Kawneer’s AA130 Brise Soleil system – blades, brackets, outriggers, supporting arms and facade connections – are sustainable as they are manufactured from recycled aluminium billets and can themselves be recycled.

Soon to accompany the new AA130 Brise Soleil system is Solector – new solar shading software that can estimate energy cost savings on an annual basis for initial design consideration. These are calculated based on the solar heat gain avoided due to the Brise Soleil and are expressed as a saving in cooling costs.


Cutting carbon and bills

Both new-build and refurbishment projects can benefit from the Insulating Laminate range of boards developed by Knauf Drywall, which cut carbon emissions and save energy.

The boards also reduce costs through enabling installers to dryline and insulate a property in one operation, which saves time on new-build projects particularly. The improvement to the thermal performance of both walls and roofs results in a rapid payback for the householder, with energy savings of up to £400 a year for the average dwelling.

The range is particularly useful in raising inefficient buildings to modern standards – such as the highest Code Levels for Sustainable Housing – while reducing carbon emissions, making it is ideal for conservation areas where the traditional building facade must be maintained or where design restrictions mean the developer must use traditional methods on new build projects.

Customers can also use boards in the range to deal with warm roofs simply and effectively by dry-lining their lofts – and perhaps gaining more living space as a result. Installing these boards will improve sound insulation and air tightness in dwellings as well as reducing CO2 emissions by up to 2 tonnes a year in a properly insulated solid wall house.

The four boards in the range include: Knauf Thermal Laminate, a polystyrene board with a thermal conductivity of 0.037 (W/mK); Knauf Thermal Laminate (Vapour Check) which has an added layer to reduce the risk of condensation while upgrading thermal insulation; Knauf Thermal Plus, an extruded polystyrene board with the additional benefit of good vapour management; and Knauf Thermal Laminate PIR, a Polyisocyanurate board with a thermal conductivity of just 0.022 (W/mK).


Doesn’t cost the earth

New to the market and now in bar length from Fitrite Fencing and Decking, Fitrite eco-board is easy to install and maintain and generates nearly 80% less CO2 emissions per ton of product during manufacturing.

Fitrite eco-board is wood-free and guaranteed not to rot or decay, therefore eliminating the time-consuming and costly process of sanding and treating, limiting the use of toxic chemicals such as paint and varnish.

Fitrite eco-board contains 85% recycled content and is also 100% recyclable. It is also manufactured in the UK.

It also comes with accessories including the recently launched natural oak balustrade, and a selection of ambient lighting.

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New notes

Selectaglaze has launched a new guidance note on the ability of secondary glazing to improve a building’s energy performance.

This is aimed at building owners and managers who want to reduce energy usage and so manage costs and environmental impacts.

A new comprehensive product guide demonstrates the range and diversity of styles available together with technical information, detailed drawings and photography. The range of 22 products includes multiple options for horizontal and vertical sliding, hinged, lift-out and fixed units. These options cover simple energy saving, high performance acoustics and a Secured by Design security range offering resistance against intruders and blast.

A notable addition to the ‘Saving Energy’ range is the Series 47 Heritage Casement which can fit neatly into the staff bead of most traditional sash windows. It is discrete and unobtrusive and the use of low emissivity glass provides very good levels of insulation.

The two new publications are free upon request or can be downloaded from the library of information which includes guidance notes, CAD and NBS files.

The launch of these two publications comes in a year which sees the company celebrate its 45th anniversary and move into new purpose-designed factory and office premises in St Albans.


Positive environmental impact

The results from a Life Cycle Assessment study, carried out by Harmony Environmental concludes that Solutiaʼs Performance Films division delivers a positive impact to the environment.

The assessment, consistent with International Standards Organisation (ISO) standards, was completed at the end of 2010 and concluded that the divisionʼs solarcontrol architectural window film products become carbon neutral in less than two months after installation.

With an average service life of 15 years, this means that these products are typically providing 14 plus years of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions after accounting for the productsʼ total carbon footprint.

“The analysis demonstrates that weʼre reducing energy consumption while increasing the avoidance of carbon emissions,” Wing Kwang, global business director for Solutia Performance Films, said. “We not only offer exceptional energy efficient film products, weʼre also measuring and improving our energy responsibility and environmental impact through integrated processes at every level of manufacturing and product development.”

Performance Films currently has 54 architectural solar-control film products in its LLumar and Vista brand portfolios, including the EnerLogic series window films, with advanced low-e technology that can improve the insulation performance of single-pane windows to dual-pane and dual-pane to triple-pane while delivering all-season energy savings.

“Upgrading current windows with Vista or LLumar architectural films produces less than one pound of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e) per square foot,” Lisa Winckler, vice president of technology for Solutiaʼs Performance Films division, added. “That amount is 70 to 115 times less than the carbon footprint of replacing current windows with new vinyl or wood framed low-e windows.”


Eco portal

The National Refurbishment Centre (NRC) has launched a new web portal that will make empirical evidence on energy efficiency in real homes available to industry in one place, with the aim of explaining to housing professionals what works where, and how best to do it.

A complete facelift of the UK housing stock would save around 48 million tonnes of CO2 and reduce householders’ fuel bills by as much as £8.7billion.

The portal, which will be launched at Housing 2011 in Harrogate, is aimed at housing stock managers and other construction professionals, and provides users with access to an evidence base of knowledge related to the cost of a range of housing related retrofit activities and their carbon and energy savings.

Funded by the BRE Trust, Energy Saving Trust and the Technology Strategy Board, and supported by the National Refurbishment Centre partners and the AECB, the portal currently features case study data that has been derived from over 150 diverse social and private housing refurbishment projects from across the UK. In time this figure will grow to over 500.

The aim of the portal is to drive progress in the sustainable upgrading of the UKs existing stock which accounts for over 25% of our total carbon emissions.

Director of the NRC Anna Scothern said: "The NRC’s objective in developing the portal has been to stimulate effective action on refurbishment. There’s been endless talk around the issues related to existing housing stock – CO2 emissions, energy costs, fuel poverty – but the people already delivering refurbishment need help. They need to know what interventions work and what the cost implications are. The portal will give them this crucial information and enable them to make reasoned decisions around their projects based on the experiences of their peers. It’s a hugely valuable tool".


Sustainable action

The Rainforest Alliance and Kingfisher have joined forces to tackle some of the most difficult issues facing companies who strive to source their timber from legal and sustainable sources.

The SmartSource programme of the Rainforest Alliance will work with the Kingfisher Group across its business to identify sources that require special attention moving them towards FSC certification and ensuring compliance with Kingfisher’s own stringent timber sourcing policy along the way.

Richard Donovan from the Rainforest Alliance said: “Kingfisher is one of the world’s leading companies in driving sustainability and ensuring the timber it buys is from legal and certified sources. But there are still challenges that have to be faced and we are delighted to be working with them on tackling some of the most difficult aspects of their supply.”

Jamie Lawrence – corporate responsibility manager for the Kingfisher Group said: “As a Group, 81% of Kingfisher’s timber products (by volume sold) is now from proven, well-managed sources with well over 50% now FSC certified. Kingfisher has set an international vision to build on this heritage in responsible timber procurement and ensure that we set a clear path towards full traceability and certification for the remaining timber that is not yet from forests that are independently certified.”

This collaboration between the Rainforest Alliance and Kingfisher started at the beginning of 2011. The Rainforest Alliance is helping to develop bespoke solutions to address specific supply chain challenges identified by Kingfisher.

“While not shying away from discontinuing product lines as a final option where suppliers are unable to provide evidence of progress towards FSC, it is recognised that we have a duty to stay engaged with forest sources that may struggle to meet international standards,” Lawrence said. “In some areas this will require an engaged coordinated set of interventions – that is where the Rainforest Alliance can help.”


Green investment

Samsung will transfer the solar business from Samsung Electronics to Samsung SDI in order to unify energy business and create synergies, and it plans to invest US$5.5 billion in solar technology development and production by 2020.

Samsung presented its vision of eco-friendly and energy solution company during the press conference at Intersolar. The expansion in the rechargeable battery and solar module industries enables Samsung to create a new energy business area focusing on energy generation and storage.

This forms part of Samsung's green management strategy to transform itself into a top green enterprise on a global scale.

Samsung believes that solar energy will play a vital role in the next generation of renewable energy throughout the 21st century and began its work on crystalline materials and thin film technology as early as 1987.

In January 2008, it embarked on strategic research and development in the field of silicon-based photovoltaic. The solar energy business team was formed in early 2009 to go forward with solar cell commercialization.

The first full scale R&D line with a capacity of 35 megawatts was set up in September 2009. The latest product line boasts a yearly capacity of 130 megawatts, aiming for a production capacity of 3 gigawatts by 2015 and 10 gigawatts by 2020.

Sustainable approach

Tarmac has achieved BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products at VERY GOOD rating across its complete product portfolio.

The certification covers every aggregate, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete, lime and cement product supplied from Tarmac’s 537 UK sites.

BES 6001 is an independently audited standard, certifying that a company produces materials in a sustainable way throughout its supply chain. Gaining a high rating of Very Good also means that Tarmac’s products help customers by delivering the highest levels of responsible sourcing points against schemes like BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH).

Dr Martyn Kenny, Director of Sustainability at Tarmac said: “Responsible sourcing is a key issue for our customers and the Government, and it’s something that Tarmac is totally committed to. Last year, we achieved a Very Good rating for aggregates and ready-mixed concrete, so I’m really delighted that, this year, we’ve been able to extend this to asphalt, lime and cement. It’s good news for customers, as they now have the added confidence that every single Tarmac product is responsibly sourced.

“Because we now offer BES 6001 Very Good across our entire product range – not just one site or product range – our customers get the consistency and assurance of knowing that they are covered by the same standard, no matter which Tarmac site they buy from. We are able to make a real difference to the sustainability credentials of their projects.”

In addition to BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products, Tarmac is also certified to the Achilles Building Confidence scheme.


Green switch made easy

Wickes has introduced a complete range of light bulbs by Philips with easy-to-follow instructions on pack and in store to make it simple for customers to start replacing their old bulbs with new energy efficient bulbs.

John Grant, senior technologist, said: “To avoid any customer confusion around the new energy-efficient ranges, all our packaging will list the equivalent traditional light bulb wattages to allow a direct swap. We are also providing comprehensive point of sale information in all of our stores.”

Wickes is offering halogen, CFL & LED powered replacements for the traditional incandescent light bulbs in the three traditional shapes; A shape, candle, and mini globe.

All replacement bulbs come in either the screw cap or the bayonet cap and are available in selected Wickes stores now.