Jewson launches Making Better Homes Awards to celebrate industry's sustainability champions

Jewson launches Making Better Homes Awards to celebrate industry’s sustainability champions

Jewson has launched the first ever Making Better Homes Awards, to recognise those in the industry who are working hard to create energy efficient, safe and comfortable homes.

It comes as the builders’ merchant announces the finding of recent research that show millions of people are suffering from physical and mental health problems because of the quality of their home.

In the last 12 months, 55% of homeowners have experienced problems in their homes relating to poor indoor air quality or ventilation, including condensation (52%), mould in at least one room (26%), leaks (25%) and damaged walls (23%). Of these, more than two fifths (44%) said they’ve experienced a mixture of side effects and symptoms, from allergies, dry eyes and chest infections, to poor sleep, low mood and difficulty concentrating.

Jewson undertook research with 2,031 homeowners across the UK to ask them how their homes affected their health, comfort and wellbeing, and the home improvements they’re planning over the next 12 months. The statistics have been revealed to coincide with the launch of the Making Better Homes Awards, in which Jewson will recognise tradespeople, builders and installers across the country who’re playing a key role in making the UK’s housing stock higher quality, more comfortable, and more energy efficient.

Matthew Handley, Category Innovation Manager at Jewson, said: “There’s been an increased awareness on the dangers of mould, condensation and other issues relating to poor indoor air quality in the last 12 months due to shocking news stories that show why ventilation is such an important part of our homes. But poor indoor air quality is just one challenge our research highlighted.

“Homeowners are also struggling with keeping their homes cool in the summer, as many of us experienced with the recent heatwaves, and are worried about rising energy bills this winter. These problems all impact people in terms of comfort, health and wellbeing, which is why it’s so important to build homes that are energy efficient and benefit people and the planet.

“We know what a pivotal role the nation’s tradespeople, builders and installers have in improving the nation’s housing stock – whether through retrofit projects or building new homes. That’s why we’ve launched the Making Better Homes Awards, to recognise those who improve the day to day lives of their customers, as well as build properties that are sustainable and comfortable. There are three different categories to choose from, and we encourage anyone who’s playing a key role in this transformational period for UK housing to enter.”

The Making Better Homes Awards is open for entries now, and people can make submissions here: http://jewson.co.uk/mbhawards

There are three categories – Best use of renewable energy in a project, Best building fabric in a project, and Best sustainable project of the year – with prizes available for shortlisted entrants and the national winners.

About Jewson

Jewson is one of the largest building merchants within the UK, with branches from the Scottish Isles to Penzance, so you are never far from your local branch. Wherever you are working, your local Jewson is there to reduce the hassle, through providing a great service, expert advice, competitive prices and the highest quality of materials. Whether you wish to pop in branch, give them a call or buy online through their click & collect or click & deliver service, they can be there for you anytime, anywhere.

Since opening its first branch in 1836, Jewson has expanded to offer a wide range of supplies for all trades, including building materials, roofing and landscaping. From the everyday essentials, such as bricks and timber to specialist equipment. You can also find kitchen and bathroom showrooms nationwide, as well as a trusted Tool Hire service. In addition, tradespeople can also take advantage of Build Aviator, to help take the stress away through support with estimating, compliance and scheduling.

Jewson is owned by STARK Group, a leading business-to-business distributor of heavy building materials for the construction industry in Europe, with a strategic focus on serving professional builders from its more than 1,150 branches.