In an effort to accelerate the United Kingdom’s move into green construction, Wolseley has opened a 6,800-square-foot showcase to display 170 types of products including photovoltaics, micro-wind, sedum roof; e-glazing, natural lighting and insulation; green flooring coverings; combines heat and power; rainwater harvesting; biomass; ground source heat pump; engineered timber; low energy lighting; water saving devices; solar thermal; and sustainable drainage.
Built at the company’s 18-acre site in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, England, at a cost of $3.2 million pounds, the building is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Products featured in the two-story building are currently available through Wolseley’s 1,800 branch network in the U.K. Specially trained staff is on hand to provide visitors with information and guidance on appropriate materials for specific projects, from single-family homes to large-scale commercial developments.
Wolseley is one of the world’s largest distributors of building materials, with operations in 27 countries throughout Europe and North America. In the United States, Stock Building Supply and Ferguson are part of Wolseley North America.