Technical know-how for all

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has opened up its extensive technical library to one and all, to help spread awareness of best practice and drive up standards.

As the UK’s leading roofing trade association the NFRC has, over the decades, built up a wealth of technical information. It continually revises and creates new technical publications to keep its members at the forefront of roofing developments. Raising the standards of the industry and promoting it in a positive light are two fundamental goals of the NFRC, which is why earlier this year it took the innovative decision to open up its technical library to everyone.

Kevin Taylor, NFRC Head of Technical Services, said, “The free availability of technical information can only help to spread awareness of best practice and in turn drive up standards across the roofing industry, which is something we are constantly striving for at NFRC.”

For contractors this is really good news; you can find information on any aspect of roofing you need more knowledge of and be sure it’s from a trusted source. It’s also for the whole community, so whether you’re a contractor, architect or a homeowner, you can now download Technical Bulletins covering all the major disciplines. These run in conjunction with the latest British Standards such as BS 5534:2014 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling. There are also a number of well known publications such as the ‘Blue Book’, otherwise known as ‘Profiled Sheet Roofing and Cladding – The Guide to Design and Best Practice’, and The GRO Green Roof Code.

You can access the technical library for free. All you have to do is complete a short online form, at, after which you can browse and look for the information you want. Once you’ve used the library you’ll be notified of any new publications uploaded to it, or any revisions made to existing documents.