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MERCHANT FOCUS: BRADFORDS


GUARDIANS OF THE SUSTAINABLE GALAXY


W


hat is worse for your carbon footprint than your petrol car, a long-haul flight or your daily food consumption? It’s heating


your home and hot water inefficiently and that’s just one of the reasons that South West builders’ merchant group Bradfords is gearing up its sustainability offering. The independent merchant relocated to a new site in Glastonbury in January. It’s the first site to include an in-branch Sustainable Home Centre, created in collaboration with Renewable Equipment Solutions (RES), a local Somerset provider of sustainable energy efficient heating and ventilation solutions. From live heat pumps and underfloor heating to solar panels and vehicle charging points, the centre will showcase sustainable solutions for domestic dwellings available on the market. Bradfords Building Supplies CEO David Young, says: “We relocated from a site we had been on for many years to larger premises. It’s the most amazing site and it had unallocated space which we thought would make a great basis for our first Sustainable Home Centre.”


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It’s up to us all to protect the future, whether that’s the planet, our communities or our housing stock. Aware that the construction industry has a major role to play in addressing climate change Bradfords Building Supplies is keen to do everything it can to help, as Fiona Russell Horne finds out.


Bradfords first came across RES’s managing director Shane Oxberry when he was running Yeovil Plumbing Supplies which Bradfords bought some years ago. More recently, Bradfords and RES have worked together to provide the former’s customers with renewable products and services.


“One of the pillars of our strategy going forward is sustainability,” Young says. “So, we thought working with them again to develop this centre would be a good opportunity.” The Centre demonstrates a range of renewable and sustainable products including air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic options. Additional


products beyond energy and heating systems will be added in due course.


Young says: “It is a really exciting prospect for us, and it felt like the right time to be moving in this direction. Historically we, as an industry, dip in and out of sustainability; when it was right to be green, we went green. Recently, at Bradfords, we’ve got rid of plastic carrier bags, for example, and we now source all our energy from renewable sources. That is great but how much difference does it really make? We haven’t really had a joined-up approach in how we take this to the next level.”


He explains that the Sustainability Centre at www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net April 2021


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