Retrofitting eco-friendly building materials and technology

Here at Chandlers Building Supplies we offer tradespeople and homeowners an extensive range of building materials and construction technology for all manner of projects.

With environmental issues taking centre stage, an increasing number of buildings are being constructed and refurbished sustainably. Now, more than ever, there is a demand for environmentally-friendly and energy efficient building solutions. This has been motivated largely by changes to building regulations, under the Code for Sustainable Homes, the Home Quality Mark and the government's Green Deal energy saving scheme. 

We want to help our customers to comply with these standards through the supply of innovative, high quality sustainable building solutions that bring the best possible results.

In this blog we're looking specifically at retrofitting energy efficient technology and eco-friendly building materials into older properties, to create a greener and more sustainable home.

Eco-friendly building materials and energy efficient solutions

Installing eco-conscious and energy-saving products into an existing older property isn't quite as straightforward as incorporating them within a new build, but it certainly isn't impossible.

As well as offering a broad range of products, we also provide technical advice, assistance with specifications and training to enable you to complete your sustainable refurb project:

  • Insulation

Insulating cavity walls and loft spaces is essential, as the majority of heat is lost through the walls and roof of a house.  Innovative Caparol external wall insulation can be retrofitted and will greatly improve the look and value of a property whilst also protecting from cold and high heating bills. Natural Building Technologies systems can also be retrofitted to improve a building's health and energy performance.

  • Green roofing

Extensive green roofing systems are intended as both decorative and ecological features and incorporate hardy sedums, grasses, wildflowers and mosses. They normally have a shallower substrate than intensive systems and therefore can be retro-installed to most buildings which have a flat roof area.  

  • Biomass heating and solar panels

Trianco is keen to offer environmentally viable heating solutions to the mass market, with an excellent selection of superbly designed biomass pellet boilers.  Alternatively, Wood Energy Solutions (WES) is the most experienced and largest dedicated biomass boiler manufacturer in Britain and Ireland and supplies an outstanding range of biomass boilers.

Mint Renewables provide high quality and competitively priced solar thermal technology systems to suit small properties up to large scale commercial applications, providing system design, specification and technical support assistance.

Chandlers stocks building materials and hardware for all your needs

Visit our Building Innovation Centre at our Lewes branch to see the latest in modern methods of construction, innovation and sustainability. Here you will be able to view our extensive product library and informative displays to find the right solution for your next project.

Whether you're looking to install natural insulation, green roofs, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, rainwater harvesting or flood protection, we can help you select the right product for the job – download our sustainability product fact sheet here:

As established builders merchants with branches across the South East of England and Midlands we have a comprehensive range of building and hardware materials including:

  • Construction, insulation and building materials
  • Internal finishing products
  • Groundworks and landscaping supplies
  • Kitchen design services (Chertsey branch)
  • Bathroom design services (Lewes branch)
  • Glass cut to size (Chertsey branch)
  • Paint mixed to order (Chertsey and Lewes branches)
  • Electrical goods (selected branches)
  • Tools and hardware
  • Porotherm's environmentally-friendly clay block system
  • Sustainable building solutions – water, energy, green flat roofing and fabric

Visit your nearest Chandlers Building Supplies branch or call us today.

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