Ireland's Plumbing & Heating Magazine Issue 114 July-August


Sonas Bathrooms, Ireland’s leading bathroom brand, is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Ireland by supporting the charity’s social enterprise Habitat ReStore. Based on the value of products that will be donated, Sonas becomes the most significant corporate partner of Habitat. Habitat ReStore directly tackles poverty in Ireland by helping families access low-cost home improvement materials, providing training and employability support and diverting thousands of tons of material from landfill, thus protecting the planet. Jenny Williams, Chief Executive, Habitat for Humanity Ireland said, “We are thrilled to announce this formal partnership with Sonas. Since 2012, Habitat ReStore has opened four stores across Northern Ireland and launched another one in Drogheda in 2022, with Ecoerne is celebrating not only its 10th anniversary but the opening of a revamped training facility. Ecoerne has also teamed up with Heat Engineer to be their sole approved training provider covering all of Ireland. “Heat Engineer Software enables plumbing and heating professionals to easily calculate bespoke materials and fully understand a heating engineer’s requirement for accurate heat losses of any building,” explained Managing Director Denzil Cluff. The consulting company is hoping to launch the first courses in July and August and is currently taking pre-bookings. ECOERNE OPENS REVAMPED TRAINING FACILITY SONAS BATHROOMS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Louise Murphy, Sonas Head of Marketing with Jenny Williams, CEO Habitat for Humanity Ireland and Bryan Hockley, Operations Director with the first pallet to be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

plans to expand throughout Ireland. Our stores sell donated building supplies and home improvement materials at low prices, enabling local people to improve their homes, while also raising vital funds worldwide. Speaking about the Corporate Partnership, Bryan Hockley, Operations Director of Sonas Bathrooms said, “We have had an informal relationship with Habitat for some years but are delighted to now

make it official. This project links into the core of our sustainability goals, giving us the opportunity to divert discontinued products from landfills which is crucial for protecting the environment, while also allowing the wider community the chance to access affordable quality bathroom products. We look forward to donating several pallets each month to Habitat Restore.”

L-R: Denzil Cluff, Ecoerne, Richard Cartwright, Heat Engineer and Rob Berridge, Heat Engineer.

“The higher demand has been expedited by the recent change in building regulations, which is enforcing reduced carbon emissions and improved efficiency in buildings,” he commented. “The interest has been overwhelming after the PLUMBEX trade show in Belfast in March.” Ecoerne is a specialist in the renewable industry, providing design and consultancy services to companies and individuals using and integrating technologies such as biomass, heat pumps, solar PV and battery storage.

The initial sessions available at the Ecoerne training facility include “Heat loss and hydronics” and “Low-temperature heating and heat pump requirements”. “These courses offer an introduction into the fundamentals of heat loss in buildings and an understanding of the sizing of systems to achieve optimum efficiency,” Denzil commented. According to Denzil, recent market research conducted via focus groups has shown a significant demand for these courses.



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