Plumbing and heating products distributor Wolseley has unveiled plans to develop a national showcase for sustainable building products in the West Midlands.

Wolseley hope to put the £2.9 million Sustainable Building Centre next to its headquarters in Leamington Spa.

It will feature a range of six different renewable energy technologies including mini-wind turbines, solar panels, ground-source heating and biomass.

Each will feature displays showing how much power they are generating.

Designed to be a demonstration of environmental products for the construction industry, the building will also feature technologies such as natural insulation, water recycling and a 'green roof' using sedum plants. The 6,800-square foot, two-storey building will also hold a training and presentation theatre and cafe.

Adrian Barden, Wolseley UK managing director, said: "Buildings account for 50 per cent of the UK's CO2 emissions and the construction industry must contribute to a more sustainable future.

"Wolseley UK is committed to helping the industry reduce the environmental footprint left by developers and occupiers alike.

"That is why we have long been an advocate of sustainable building products and construction methods.

"This major initiative will provide a new focus for our role in the promotion of sustainable design and construction.

"It will also provide a vehicle for impartial advice, which research indicates our customers need, and ultimately foster an acceptance of sustainable products and approaches at every level."