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Victoria’s Bowens has invested $1.2 million in a large-scale rooftop solar installation as well as power factor correction units to reduce its carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices in the building sector. With new home construction and renovations on the rise across Australia, it’s not just residential roofs that can impact a nations carbon footprint, but commercial roofs too.

Victorians know Bowens, a fourth-generation, family-owned building materials and hardware business with locations in Melbourne and across the state.

And Victorians also know, like the rest of Australia, that the country is experiencing a surge in new home construction and renovations, up 33% since 2019 (according to Bowens). However, as the construction industry accounts for 18.1% of Australia’s carbon footprint, Bowens has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint through a $1.2 million investment in solar units and power factor correction (PFC).

This investment has seen 1,386 Trina solar modules installed by Beon Energy Solutions at Bowens Timbertruss’ manufacturing subsidiary in Corio, Geelong, which is expected to reduce Bowens’ energy dependency by up to a third on current annual usage.

Beon Energy Solutions business development manager Jeremy Mugavin said the project was worth celebrating and said Bowens was a “great example of a progressive company investing in appropriate energy alternatives to reduce its footprint. carbon”. The huge commercial facility project cost nearly a million dollars, but with the growing demand for sustainable building materials, Bowens customers will be only too happy to have the assurance that what they buy is powered in part by solar energy.

Bowens Chief Investment Officer Andy Bowen said: “The world around us has seen increased attention to the environmental impacts of businesses and governments large and small. It is our duty as an industry leader to play a positive role in this movement and do what we can, from recycling waste to reducing our energy consumption.

“Sustainability and energy efficiency are at the forefront of senior management’s long-term strategic decision-making,” Bowen continued. “The company is investing millions of dollars in modernizing our stores and facilities, ensuring that we minimize our carbon footprint at every turn.”

Of course, wood is a much more sustainable building material than concrete, as concrete has yet to show a trend to grow, but Bowen nevertheless insists that business leaders must play their part.

“Our ongoing commitment to helping Australians build better includes addressing the long-term challenges facing our industry by investing responsibly in sustainable practices,” Bowen concluded. “We will continue to prioritize sustainable business decisions as we provide the highest quality building materials to all Australian builders.”

Meanwhile, PFCs have been installed by Energy Aware in 16 stores and are expected to contribute to further savings in electricity consumption by maintaining reactive power levels.

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