As the construction industry, worldwide, works to become fully sustainable, companies at all levels of the design and execution process are testing out new materials.
EH Smith is one of the largest privately owned building material suppliers in the UK. It was founded in 1922 and currently has many case studies underway to ensure that contractors are using the most sustainable materials possible.
EH Smith offers a variety of building materials and services including:
- Sustainable wall materials
- Solar lighting
- Celotex and natural insulation
- Renewable technologies
- Drainage and water conservation
- Under-floor heating
- Landscaping materials
- Brick, block and stone
Three of EH Smith’s current case studies are Furnace Lane, Eco Centre and the Student Village. Each of the projects has unique materials and equipment that has been supplied by EH Smith, thus encouraging sustainable aspects for future designs.
Furnace Lane is located in Kettering. It has 51 new houses owned by Orbit Housing Association that are designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. These homes provide high-quality and affordable single family housing that is a collaboration between government, councils and housing agencies designed so that the owners will receive income from the generation of electricity and a reduction in their electrical bill. Contractor Thomas Vale Sustainable Systems installed solar photovoltaic systems provided by EH Smith on each house.
All of these trial buildings are the next step to ensuring quality in all sustainably designed structures. The future will be greener since all levels of the design industries are working to ensure that high standards are held and met for all kinds of buildings.
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