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EH Smith’s Sustainable Materials and Case Studies

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by Jennifer Shockley last modified Mar 14, 2012

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.




 

 

Furnace Lane, Kettering

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
  • Timber
  • 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.

Cockermouth School Eco Centre

Case Study #2 is the Cockermouth School Eco Centre in Cumbia. The architect for the project is AdHoc Architects working with contractor Brian Whittaker Roofing. It is part of the Teaching Environments for the Future scheme and is utilizing rainwater harvesting systems to flush the toilets, photovoltaic cells and wind turbines all supplied by EH Smith.

The final example of the many case studies that EH Smith is currently featuring is the Student Village at Sheffield University. Architect Haliday Meecham designed the 34-block residences to have timber cladding. EH Smith supplied more than 7500 square meters of cedar cladding and ensures that it is from responsibly sourced, sustainably harvested materials.

Student Village at Sheffield University

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.

Resources: EH Smith



 

 

 
 
 

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