Work has begun at Wolseley UK’s head office site on a national showcase for sustainable building products and construction methods.
The Sustainable Building Centre (SBC) will cost £3m and is intended to be an interactive centre for all involved in the construction sector.
Measuring 6,800 sq ft, the building is being built on Wolseley UK’s 18-acre site at Spa Park in Leamington Spa, already home to their headquarters and national distribution centre.
The build will utilise the latest technologies and the widest range of sustainable, energy-efficient and recycled building products. And says Wolseley, “it will bring together all the products that are available now, or imminently, across all of Wolseley UK’s brands nationwide.”
For example, renewable energy generators, such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps, will be installed with a display to show the amount of power they are generating. Plus, the building itself will generate and store energy through different types of renewable technology.
The SBC will include the following types of products: photovoltaics; sedum roof; e-glazing; natural lighting; natural insulation; green floor coverings; biomass; ground source heat pump; engineered timber; low energy lighting; water saving devices; solar thermal and sustainable drainage.
The building is expected to open in mid-2008.