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Timber reaches for the sky with new roof designs

Timber reaches for the sky with new roof designs

20th November 2017

Housebuilders are urged to review their legacy roof designs as the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) commits to switching to building design standard Eurocode 5 from 1 January 2018.

Roof designs to British Standards were withdrawn in 2010 but are still in use by some housebuilders, despite not being technically maintained for seven years. By switching to Eurocode 5, TRA members will work with the most up to date codes ... more

TRA awarded ‘Relevant Authority’ status for BIM

TRA awarded ‘Relevant Authority’ status for BIM

11th October 2017

 TRA awarded ‘Relevant Authority’ status for BIM

The TRA has been granted ‘Relevant Authority’ status by the Construction Products Association (CPA) to ensure that trussed rafters and metal web joists are consistently represented in Building Information Modelling (BIM) models, regardless of the design software in which they originate.

This means that as a trade body the TRA is the recognised authority for specifying... more

New  Roof Truss Installation Guide available now

New Roof Truss Installation Guide available now

10th October 2017

Reducing risk with new roofing guide

New guidance on the safe installation of roof trusses on new homes of masonry construction has been published to help reduce risks on site to builders working at height.
‘How to safely install roof trusses’ has been produced by the TRA in partnership with health and safety consultants, Paramount Safety Solutions, and is available as a free download here.
Despite an overall dr... more
New roofing guide to boost housebuilders’ use of offsite components

New roofing guide to boost housebuilders’ use of offsite components

1st September 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
Vida la Vida in Sweden

Vida la Vida in Sweden

4th July 2017

In May, John Collins and Andrew Mitchell, both designers at Donaldson Timber Engineering, made their way to Sweden. The trip was a prize, courtesy of VIDA Wood, for being the highest scorers in the TRA’s online learning course.

They began with a trip to the forest with Peter Rosen of VIDA Wood. As they sat in the cab of a logging machine, Stefan, a champion lumberjack, explained the harvesting process. John and Andrew s... more
Home-grown timber will soon raise the roof in Ireland

Home-grown timber will soon raise the roof in Ireland

2nd June 2017

A major initiative to promote home-grown timber into Ireland’s burgeoning offsite construction industry and the international construction of modern timber buildings has received a warm welcome from the TRA.

Alan Armstrong, chairman of the TRA’s Ireland group, is encouraging industry support for the ‘Wood Properties for Ireland’ programme, otherwise known as WoodProps.

WoodProps is a joint initiative between the Timber... more
Follow the TRA on Twitter

Follow the TRA on Twitter

2nd June 2017

Did you know you can now keep up-to-date with TRA news on Twitter?

As well as posting information on this website and in our e-newsletters, you will find news updates and links on Twitter to a range of relevant information for the timber, roofing, housebuilding and general construction industries.

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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

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