The Travis Perkins Group and SBS played host to twenty-five delegates from the Brazilian construction industry organisation, SEBRAE, on 23rd October, who were keen to understand the sustainable strategy of the leading UK Builders Merchant.

The fact-finding visit was organised by BRE, who have previously worked with the Travis Perkins Group to provide a series of free new-build and retrofit construction drawings to the UK market.

Brazil's construction industry is set for a step change with the Government set to invest an estimated £320 billion in infrastructure and urban development ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in 2016.

Representatives from the group's Sustainable Building Solutions team hosted the delegation at Travis Perkins' new Gravesend branch, following their visit to Olympic Park. The team explained the many steps the Travis Perkins group have taken to minimise its environmental impacts. They also illustrated how the Group was helping the industry take advantage of the opportunities in the sustainable market-place through its innovative solution-based approach: including thermally modelled construction drawings; training courses; a Freephone helpline; and on-site services; all of which are showcased through its website,

Head of International Affairs at BRE, Orivaldo Barros, said, "The delegation were very interested in the Travis Perkins Group's commitment to lead the way in the sustainable sector. They picked up a number of useful insights into the way Travis Perkins helps the UK industry by providing free technical resources, many of which were developed with the BRE".

Paul Joyner, Director of Sustainability at the Travis Perkins Group said, "The Travis Perkins Group is totally committed to Sustainable Building. We were please at how interested the Brazilians were in the details of our internal and external sustainable building training programmes, and our investment in technical expertise which we then make freely available to our customers".