New roofing campaign for architects raises awareness of the NFRC

  • 13 Mar 2014

Via an intensive PR drive, the Think roofs – think NFRC campaign will aim to update architects and specifiers on all the latest developments within the roofing industry. Through NFRC’s strict code of practice and standards, vetting procedures, training and wide-ranging technical support, architects will be able to upgrade their knowledge of roofing, as well as seeking one-off help and guidance on specific disciplines.

Architects and specifiers have access to roofing information, as well as the latest developments in standards and legislation covering schemes such as CompetentRoofer and Green Deal

Currently representing over 70% of the roofing industry by value, NFRC strives to ensure that members from the roofing community, including contractors and manufacturers, are at the forefront of all roofing developments. The decision to widen its services to the architectural community is based on the ever-changing landscape of legislation for roofing and the pivotal role that architects and specifiers play in the design and specification of roofs and roofing materials.
Ray Horwood CBE, chief executive of NFRC explains: “The importance of roofing design in architecture can never be under-estimated and, in a fast-changing industry, the time is now right to launch a dedicated campaign that aims to position NFRC as a single source of knowledge and expertise for both architects and specifiers.”
Ray continues: “Benefiting both new and established architectural practices, we are confident that our Think roofs – think NFRC campaign will establish NFRC as the architects’ answer to roofing, and ultimately lead to improved best practice across all roofing disciplines.”
Central to the Think roofs – think NFRC campaign is a resource centre that offers architects and specifiers comprehensive guidance and advice on all matters relating to roofing.
As well as technical assistance, engagement and support, architects and specifiers have access to information covering all disciplines of roofing, as well as updates on the latest developments in standards and legislation covering schemes such as CompetentRoofer and Green Deal. Together with news on the NFRC’s ongoing role in parliamentary lobbying and policing, architects and specifiers will also be able to source help and guidance on specific roofing disciplines.
Ray Horwood comments: “Architects and specifiers need to be aware that CompetentRoofer is now an accredited body for Green Deal and ECO, which enables member companies to become Green?Deal and ECO authorised in one simple procedure. Most architects are unaware that it is NFRC who operates CompetentRoofer as part of the Competent Person scheme, and it is yet another example of our ongoing drive to improve standards and professionalism within the roofing industry. Sustainability is a key issue for everyone, and this scheme offers enormous benefits for architects, specifiers and roofing contractors.”
This latest development in the CompetentRoofer scheme is in addition to members being able to self-certify that roofing refurbishment works are compliant with Building Regulations (in England and Wales), saving not only valuable time and money but also further reducing the risk on project management.
Dating back over 120 years, NFRC today actively ensures that all members offer high standards of workmanship and sound business practice through a strict code of practice and vetting procedure, including site inspections and adhering to the Government endorsed TrustMark standards. The Federation also offers training services, technical advice, and represents member interests to the wider construction industry and Government.

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