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Builders turning to renewables

3 Nov 11 A leading builders’ merchant has seen sales of renewable products nearly triple in the past year, indicating that the construction industry is truly getting to grips with the green agenda.

Ridgeons, one of the UK’s largest independent timber and builders’ merchants, has revealed a 176% year-on-year increase in the value and volume of its renewable products.

The company has seen the increase predominately across sales of energy renewable products in its 22 branches in the east of England, with a particular focus on heat pumps (air and ground source), solar thermal panels, photovoltaic panels and biomass boilers.

Ridgeons group sustainability manager Dave Jordan believes that this increase has been as a result of a number of influences.  “Over the last year we have put sustainability in the spotlight, providing customers with the information they require to make informed decisions about the use of relevant renewable products within the build environment,” he said. “We have also spent time visiting architects, trade associations and local buying groups to disseminate this message and share our sustainability knowledge.”

New legislation and regulations are also having an impact.  “As the requirement to build to the new standards has become ever more pressing we have seen a significant upturn in enquiries,” Mr Jordan added.

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