Caroline Spelman MP visited builders and plumbers merchant chain Wolseley this week to see its Sustainable Building Center in Leamington Spa.
Spelman, who is MP for Meriden and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was given a guided a tour of the SBC – a practical showcase for a wide range of the latest sustainable construction products and renewable technologies.
Tim Pollard, Wolseley’s Head of Sustainability, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Shadow Secretary of State to the SBC and have the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. The SBC features many products in a real working environment – allowing visitors to experience the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient and recycled building products at first-hand.”
Spelman said: “I have a particular interest in energy efficiency and have called for more energy efficient measures to be included in new homes. This is an inspirational resource for those involved in the construction industry and built environment – giving them the opportunity to learn more about the products and construction methods that will allow us to move forward to a more sustainable future.”
Michael Ankers, chief executive of the Construction Products Association who also attended the tour said: “The Conservatives have recognised that reducing carbon emissions from housing is an urgent challenge and today’s visit has demonstrated that the products and solutions that will deliver this already exist.
“What is also clear is that whoever wins the next Election will need to be far more proactive in encouraging the take up of these solutions if the ambitious climate change challenge targets that the UK has set are going to be met.”