Showcasing sustainable solutions - after much work over a period of three years a building was conceived that would demonstrate sustainable issues and showcase our sustainable products. This building finally achieved planning permission in 2005, construction was completed in December 2007.
 
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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Wards 2013

Roger Budgeon and the Greenshop win the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's Award for their 'outstanding contribution to the wildlife in Gloucestershire by a business leader'

 
May 2011 - Graduate Gardeners win 4th Gold Medal!

Graduate Gardeners 'Garden for life' has won a record 4th Gold Medal at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show. The garden features a large A framed building with lots of 'Green' initiatives on display including, a Solar powered water feature supplied by Greenshop Solar and Rainwater Harvesting supplied by Rainharvesting Systems Ltd. There is also a purple Eco Beehive and a live Wormery on display.

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13-Oct-10: CPRE Gloucestershire Award

Another great day for the Greenshop Group as we win the prestigious Gloucestershire CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) Award. Jane Powell, Roger Budgeon and Derek Hunt all represented the Greenshop Group with two of the architects from the RIBA award winning company, Architype, who designed the new group building. They all attended the ceremony on 13th October where the Group won the award for their new building in the ‘Buildings, new, restored or converted’ category. The judges thought that the building was a fine example of how a new building can be built with modern eco technology, yet still blend within a rural landscape. The design and the building both being excellent examples of using sustainable construction principles and methods.



We certainly do not take winning awards for granted and it is a great boost for everyone who works here, it comes after much hard work and determination. It is another award to decorate our walls and is now in pride of place for all to see as they enter the building. See if you can spot it when you next call in!

 
14-Sep-10: Greenerbuild

Greenerbuild: A new business venture within the Greenshop Group of Companies
www.greenerbuild.co.uk


On 11 September 2010, Greenerbuild was officially launched during the Eco Renovation Open Homes weekend hosted by Transition Stroud. The Greenshop Group of companies has been pioneering environmental products since 1987, well over 20 years of business. To further their interest in promoting sustainability in the built environment, the Group recently launched Greenerbuild, offering a range of consultancy services and sustainable building products for both new eco-build projects and eco-renovations.

Greenerbuild’s growing product range includes; internal and external natural insulation systems, eco-friendly and PassivHaus windows and doors, lime renders, natural lighting and ventilation, intelligent airtightness membranes and tapes, eco-friendly paints and wood finishes, specialist information books, domestic and commercial rain harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies and wood fuel stoves

Greenerbuild also offers a Consultancy Service to help customers through some difficult decision-making. A range of advice and consultancy services are offered for homeowners and small public and business premises and within a 40 mile radius of Stroud, Gloucestershire, on low energy refurbishment, product selection and application, as well as options for producing heat and power using renewable energy. Customers are encouraged to contact Greenerbuild about consultancy services offered and after viewing products online for best information and advice without the hard sell.

The Greenshop Group recently constructed its own eco-headquarters, designed by RIBA Sustainability Award winning architects, Architype, and was opened by Jonathon Porritt CBE. Following on from this the Group has taken the next natural step to offset their carbon footprint, becoming a “Carbon Zero Company” through CO2 Balance.

The Greenshop Group www.greenshopgroup.co.uk includes:
Greenerbuild www.greenerbuild.co.uk
Specialists in providing consultancy and sustainable construction materials for new-build and eco renovation projects.

Auro UK www.auro.co.uk
Distributors of natural paints and wood finishes that use no petrochemicals in their make-up. ‘Best buy’ and top ‘ethiscore’ in Ethical Consumer magazine.

Rainharvesting Systems Ltd www.rainharvesting.co.uk
Established as a market leader in this technology for both domestic and commercial properties.

Greenshop Solar Ltd www.greenshopsolar.co.uk
Installs and distributes solar thermal, solar photovoltaics and thermal stores for both domestic and commercial use.

Consolar UK www.consolar.co.uk
Sole distributor of Consolar low energy heating solutions, part of Greenshop Solar Ltd

Greenshop www.greenshop.co.uk
Sells a comprehensive range of products both in the shop and online, including household, energy saving, bodycare, green books, organic bedding and clothing and the biggest range of eco paints in the UK.

Holbrook Garage and Workshop www.holbrook-garage.co.uk
Where all the businesses started from. It was the first in the UK to sell blended biodiesel and the first in Gloucestershire to sell unleaded fuel.

Notes to Editors/journalists:

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Greenerbuild, Cheltenham Road, Bisley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7BX
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm
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14-Jun-10: From Petrol Station to Eco Store

As featured on the 10:10 website, Greenshop Group's Jane Powell charts the company's 26-year journey to sustainability.

Believe it or not, our company started life back in 1984 as a petrol station and auto repair shop. But founder Roger Budgeon was already starting to think green. It was the first garage in Gloucestershire to sell unleaded petrol and the first in the UK to sell blended bio-diesel. In 1987 the shop started selling a few eco products alongside the usual drinks, snacks and magazines.

Today, the Greenshop Group consists of of five companies involved in sustainablilty issues and selling environmental products, from books to wood fuel systems. Our new HQ, opened in 2008, was designed by an RIBA Sustainability Award-winning architect. Last year we decided to work our carbon footprint. Much to our delight, it came out at 1.34 tonnes per employee – less than half the national average. To say that we've already come a long way is probably a bit of an understatement!

Because of this, our 10:10 commitment presents a particular challenge. However, I've often said that there's always something more that a business can do to reduce its impact, and this is a perfect opportunity to put it to the test.

Reducing our energy consumption

We minimise our energy demand through high levels of insulation, using vapour permeable building materials to provide good air quality without losing too much heat.

A significant contribution to the electrical load is achieved with the 4.6kw solar PV system. Heating and hot water in our new building is supplied from the Consolar thermal store, this in turn is supplied from a log boiler fuelled with waste wood, solar thermal collectors fitted on the walls. The car workshop is heated by waste oil.

To keep electricity usage down, we wired a master switch in each office, which can turn off everything in one go. This means we don't have to rely on each individual employee remembering to turn their equipment off, and can focus our behaviour change efforts elsewhere.

Green travel policies

We don't just encourage staff to cycle to work – we make it as easy as possible for them to do so, providing a shower on the premises to make sure they can do it comfortably and conveniently despite the hilly surrounding countryside! We are also registered with the government's Cycle to Work scheme, which gives employees big savings on new bikes and makes for a much healthier workforce.

All of our road travel is covered by a small fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles, and a car-sharing scheme allows the non-cyclists to cut the carbon from their commute.

Waste not want not

On the waste front, we've been equally ambitious. Cardboard boxes are reused and all obsolete paperwork is shredded and used for packing for mail order customers. We recycle rainwater from many of the buildings, using it to water the gardens and supply our low-flush toilets. Kitchen waste, meanwhile, goes to our compost bins and wormeries.

Engaging employees, partners and neighbors

We also work hard to get others involved in what we're doing. On-site, we use suggestion boxes and noticeboards to allow staff to help steer our efforts and stay up to date on progress.

Looking further afield, we contact other local businesses, the local community and local councils to see if there are ways that our organisations can work together.

All this might sound complicated, but remember that we'd already done all the easy things. If you're just getting to grips with your carbon footprint, you'll find the first 10% much more straightforward. Whatever your starting point, saving energy and cutting carbon can be an incredibly rewarding challenge.

 
 

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