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New roofing guide to boost housebuilders’ use of offsite components

New roofing guide to boost housebuilders’ use of offsite components

28th April 2017

Important new roofing guidance endorsed by the NHBC is published this week by the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA), designed to reduce the risks, costs and waste from poor spandrel panel construction by housebuilders.

In a recent NHBC survey of 8,000 new homes sites, about 17% were already using spandrel panels. Trussed roof manufacturers report increasing interest in these offsite components, especially from large and ... more
Trussed rafter industry sets out new initiatives to tackle skills shortages

Trussed rafter industry sets out new initiatives to tackle skills shortages

28th March 2017

 A new generation of higher skilled trussed rafter designers and fabricators will increase homebuilding standards and protect the construction industry from poor quality products and installations, the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has said.

At its annual general meeting this month, the TRA announced that its online training facility, developed in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University, will be offered free to ... more

New roofing group set to raise standards in Ireland

New roofing group set to raise standards in Ireland

27th March 2017

Timber roof and floor experts and suppliers in Ireland have come together to form a new group within the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA).

The group has seven members already from the Republic and Northern Ireland, including Armstrong Timber Engineering, ATS Trusses Ltd, Cork Roof Truss Company, Harmony Timber Solutions Ltd, Magtruss and Quinn Building Supplies.

The group is now liaising closely with HomeBond, the lead... more

Housebuilders to benefit from new timber construction collaboration

Housebuilders to benefit from new timber construction collaboration

27th March 2017

A new collaboration in the engineered wood industry is paving the way for important product quality improvements and increased skills in wall, roof and floor construction for the benefit of housebuilders and developers.

The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) and the Structural Timber Association (STA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to reinforce the close working relationship between the two bodies.

They are cu... more

A Christmas Message   - from the Timber Trades Benevolent Society

A Christmas Message - from the Timber Trades Benevolent Society

16th December 2016


On behalf of the TTBS Trustees, the 2016 National President, Robert Bruce and most importantly, our many UK beneficiaries, I would like to thank you for all the support you have given the Society throughout the year.
By the end of the year, we will have distributed nearly £140,000 to assist the retired and sick from the timber trade and also some younger beneficiaries, who have fallen ill, have become handicapped or ... more
Steve Read

Steve Read

29th November 2016
It is with great sadness that TRA have received news today that Steve Read Managing Director of Read Brothers Norwich, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his family, following a brave fight, on November 20th, 2016 aged 63 Years. The TRA and its members throughout the trussed rafter sector will mourn the loss of Steve and the contribution which he made to the industr... more
100,000 new homes

100,000 new homes

23rd November 2016

In his Autumn Statement, the chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £2.3 billion housing infrastructure fund for up to 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand, and £1.4 billion for 40,000 additional affordable homes.

He also said that government grants would be relaxed to allow housing providers to deliver a wider range of housing types.

London will also receive £3.15 billion as its share of national affording housing... more

Industry plans to grow despite challenges - Lloyds

Industry plans to grow despite challenges - Lloyds

1st November 2016

 Housebuilders are forecasting increased growth and investment in the sector despite the uncertainty following the EU vote and ongoing challenges with skills and planning.

The second annual Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking report on the UK housebuilding sector analyses the state of the industry today and the opportunities and challenges it faces in the future.

The report is the first in-depth study of the sector since th... more

"We need to build more homes"

12th October 2016

Prime minister Theresa May has today pledged to “repair the dysfunctional housing market” to help deliver more new homes.

In her speech to the Conservative Party conference she said: “As Sajid (Javid, communities secretary) said in his bold speech on Monday, there is an honest truth we need to address. We simply need to build more homes.

“This means using the power of government to step in and repair the dysfunctional ... more

Q2 Housing Stats

Q2 Housing Stats

29th July 2016

New home registrations in Q2 2016 totalled 41,222, marking the strongest quarter since 2007, according to NHBC’s latest figures published today (July 29). The figures were a 1% lift on Q2 2015. The pre-EU referendum uncertainty had not impacted Q2 statistics, commented NHBC’s ceo Mike Quinton.





  • Private sector up 6% to 31,753

  • Public & Affordable 13% drop to 9,469.

  • ... more
New Minister Housing   & Planning

New Minister Housing & Planning

17th July 2016

Gavin Barwell has been appointed today as the new minister for housing, planning and London. 

He replaces Brandon Lewis who has moved to the position of minister of state for policing and the fire service. 

The MP for Croydon Central has previously been a senior government Whip and held PPS roles in the DCLG and under Michael Gove when he was education secretary.

The new minister took to Twitter saying he was: "Lookin... more

HBF reaction to leave vote

HBF reaction to leave vote

27th June 2016

Peter Andrew, deputy chairman of the Home Builders Federation said;

“It is too early to understand all the implications of the Brexit vote for house builders. However, it is clear that after decades of undersupply we face an acute housing crisis and demand for new homes will remain high. We will continue working with government and others to ensure we can deliver the number of homes the country needs in the coming years.”

Home Building Skills  - Partnership begins work

Home Building Skills - Partnership begins work

15th June 2016

The Home Building Skills Partnership board has met for the first time to begin its work to attract and train tens of thousands of new workers.

The HBSP, headed by John Tutte, ceo of Redrow Homes, consists of a “very strong” group of leaders from across the housebuilding industry, said the Home Builders Federation, one of the HBSP partners.

Over its first four years the HBSP through its programmes will aim to engage wit... more

New Homes Week Starts Today

New Homes Week Starts Today

16th May 2016
New Homes Week 2016 will promote new build homes to a brand new audience and open people’s eyes to the many reasons why they should buy new. We are urging people not to be put off by dated misconceptions, but to go and visit a new build home and see what is actually available.”
  To help you do this, there are events all week focussing on a different reason why there’s no place like a new build home.
  • Meet the nei... more
1 Million Homes by 2020

1 Million Homes by 2020

10th May 2016

HBF and Government have been in discussions for a number of months aimed at ensuring output continues to rise. The Government continues to respond to barriers to housing growth, including through reforms in the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16; whilst the industry has pledged to continue to grow its businesses, invest more in training and provide more transparency around build out rates. HBF will also develop a ‘land ex... more

Enterprise Act for SMEs

Enterprise Act for SMEs

4th May 2016
The UK’s 5.4 million businesses are set to benefit as the Enterprise Bill receives Royal Assent today (4 May 2016) and becomes the Enterprise Act.
The package of measures in the Act will help the government deliver on many of its commitments, from cutting red tape and tackling late payment to boosting the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said:
The Enterprise Act will help deliv... more
TRA Project Award Winner

TRA Project Award Winner

1st March 2016
Pasquill the country’s largest roof truss manufacture was recognised by Members of the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA), members had to vote for one of the six projects for the 2016 best project of the year, which had been shortlisted ahead of the TRA AGM, in Leeds. The shortlist of six projects for this years award can be found here.
An historic church, part of a fascinating conversion of a listed building into a ch... more
EU renegotiation package having little impact on day-to-day business

EU renegotiation package having little impact on day-to-day business

19th February 2016

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the senior businesspeople polled in a major new British Chambers of Commerce survey have revealed that the outcome of the Prime Minister’s renegotiation is unlikely to change how they will vote - despite large majorities saying they are familiar with the objectives of the renegotiation package. 


When it comes to how individual businesspeople will vote in a forthcoming referendum, 60% would ... more

Members support TTBS  Autumn Clay Shoot with Wyckham Blackwell

Members support TTBS Autumn Clay Shoot with Wyckham Blackwell

26th October 2015

Wyckham Blackwell hosted their Autumn Clay Shoot supporting the Midlands Region TTBS. The event was held on Thursday 8th October at the Atkin, Grant & Lang Shooting Ground at Markyate, St Albans with 35 guns competing for the trophies sponsored by Crown Timber.

The weather was excellent and the Atkin, Grant & Lang facilities once again provided a superb venue.

TRA Members supported the event with the overall winne... more

TRA Members encouraged by the latest housing figures

TRA Members encouraged by the latest housing figures

11th June 2015

TRA Members are encouraged by the latest housing figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government which show:

  • The number of homes started in Q1 is 11% up on Q1 2013 and 41% up on Q1 2011
  • 40,340 new homes started in England in Q1
  • 34,210 homes were completed in Q1, the highest number since Q4 2008 

However, the 137,310 new homes started in 2014 while 10% up on 2013 is still a long way sh... more

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