All the guidance and protection you need under one roof
The NFRC needs you, you need the NFRC
Whether you are an architect, property owner, specifier, roofing contractor, in a fast-changing construction environment such as roofing, it’s more important than ever that you have access to all the guidance and protection there is. That’s where the National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) comes in.
A hub of roofing knowledge
Representing over 70% of the roofing industry by value and volume, NFRC is the largest and most influential roofing trade association in the UK and its primary aim is to promote quality contractors and quality products, ensuring that its members are at the forefront of all roofing developments.
NFRC also recognises that architects and specifiers are pivotal to the design and specification of roofing products, and that’s why it acts as a single source of roofing knowledge and expertise for these communities. In turn, by using the services of NFRC members, architects and specifiers are guaranteed protection and quality for each and every project.
Representing the entire industry
NFRC is on hand to assist both its contractor and supplier members – together with affiliated members, made up of roofing colleges and training centres – with complete help and guidance on all matters roofing.
As well as actively ensuring that all members offer high standards of workmanship, NFRC also ensures sound business practice through a strict code of practice and vetting procedure which includes site inspections and adhering to the Government endorsed TrustMark standards.
NFRC may be a national organisation, but it operates regionally too. Members have access to a dedicated Regional Manager and a variety of technical and business events located across the UK.
In addition to providing training services, technical and health and safety advice, and representing member interests to the wider construction industry and Government, NFRC operates CompetentRoofer, a scheme that allows competent roofing contractors to self-certify that their roof refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations.
NFRC launched a National Heritage Roofing Contractors Register in order to recognise companies that undertake this specialist discipline. It is fully supported by English Heritage, Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments, the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland and Historic Scotland.
NFRC brings together a variety of Trade Associations and organisations across all the roofing disciplines that strive to promote and endorse excellence.
What are the advantages of NFRC membership?
Why it makes sense to be or work with an NFRC contractor:
- Confidence and security
NFRC asks only for the best. All member contractors are rigorously vetted in their chosen roofing disciplines before joining and every three years thereafter. As well as satisfactory training records, inspections of past contracts are made to verify quality craft skills and technical competence.
Member compliance with Health and Safety legislation is vital, as is compliance with the NFRC Code of Practice and Constitution and Rules in order to promote a fair deal between members companies and clients.
- Peace of mind
NFRC members are able to offer a range of warranties for large repairs, refurbishments and new roofs. These include Insurance Backed Guarantees or a Latent Defect Policy, both of which can cover ten years. The contracting company guarantees his workmanship, the manufacturer guarantees the materials and the insurance company underwrites the guarantees.
- Competent reassurance
NFRC operates CompetentRoofer which allows self-certification of Building Regulations on roof refurbishment. This means there is no need to notify LABC and wait for approval, hence no delays on the job and the client receives a free ten-year warranty on all domestic properties. Blocks of flats are classed as commercial residential rather than domestic. Commercial contracts can also be insured. Plus, further reassurance is provided as the roofing contractor is regularly inspected to ensure competence and compliance with Building Regulations.
Fully audited by UKAS, CompetentRoofer is an ‘Accredited Body’ for Green Deal and ECO work and able to authorise to PAS 2030, helping to improve standards and professionalism within the roofing industry.
- Technical support
Free technical support is available to all clients of NFRC member contractors. Plus, NFRC supplements this service with a comprehensive series of technical publications to support both members and clients.
Although it has been established for over 120 years, NFRC is constantly adapting to new techniques and technologies and working with leading industry bodies to raise standards for the whole industry.
- Working closely with BSI, NHBC, HSE and others, NFRC has established many of the key roofing technical standards such as BS 5427 Code of Practice for Sheeting and Cladding and BS 5534 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling.
- Members and their clients get free access to expertise from the Technical Managers including health and safety advice.
- Operating numerous technical committees, advisory and focus groups, NFRC also provides secretariat for a number of organisations across the industry including the Green Roof Organisation (GRO).
As we move towards a more competent and professional roofing industry, NFRC is ensuring its members are kept up to date through:
- Supporting its affiliated members and Roof Training Groups all over the UK, with technical advice, learning resources, current information and materials via supplier members.
- Developing and maintaining vocational qualifications relating to all the major roofing disciplines to keep standards high and up to date.
- Designing and implementing technical standards across the industry.
- Securing funding via CITB to develop training programmes which are relevant to the technical standards needed by the industry, and wherever possible, free to its members.
- Organising regional, national, and international skills competitions for young roofers across all major roofing disciplines.
How can I find out more?
To find out more about how the NFRC visit www.nfrc.co.uk
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