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British Board of Agrement (BBA)
www.bbacerts.co.uk
The British Board of Agrement is a body partnered with Government. Their main role is technical approval of innovative construction products and awarding Agrement Certificates to those that come up to the mark.

British Cement Association (BCA)
www.cementindustry.co.uk
The British Cement Association is the trade and research organisation that represents the interests of the UK's cement industry at national and European levels.

British Plastics Federation (BPF)
www.bpf.co.uk
The British Plastics Federation is the leading trade association of the UK Plastics Industry (representing approximately 80% of turnover), a springboard for industry action, existing to exploit common opportunities and resolve shared problems.

British Woodworking Federation Federation (BWF)
www.bwf.org.uk
The British Woodworking Federation is recognised as the leading representative body for the woodworking industry and builders' joinery and represents leading manufacturers, distributors and installers of doors, windows, conservatories, staircases, architectural joinery, timber frame buildings and engineered timber components. It provides a complete range of services to its Members including expert advice on technical issues, employment and contractual law, health and safety, tax issues and environmental matters.

Buildingtalk
www.buildingtalk.com
Buildingtalk is a news and information website aimed at Architects, Civil Engineers and Building Services Contractors throughout the world. They publish news releases, case studies and technical articles from any manufacturer which submits them, making Buildingtalk one of the most comprehensive news resources on the web.

Communities & Local Government
www.communities.gov.uk
The Communities & Local Government website has information on housing, including monthly housing starts and completions. In addition, details of Building Regulations can also be found.

Constructing Excellence
www.constructingexcellence.org.uk
The Constructing Excellence website comprises all of the former Construction Best Practice, Rethinking Construction, Movement for Innovation (M4i), Housing Forum, and Local Government Task Force websites.

Construction Confederation (CC)
www.thecc.org.uk
The Construction Confederation are the leading representative body for contractors, representing some 5,000 companies who in turn are responsible for over 75% of the industry's turnover.

Construction Products Association (CPA) - Play The Regs
www.playtheregs.com
A website designed to give architects, designers, builders and manufacturers a simple introduction to Part L and the different combinations of products that can get dwellings to comply.

Door & Hardware Federation
www.dhfonline.org.uk
DHF represents the interests of manufacturers and installers of industrial, pedestrian and garage doors as well as manufacturers of locks and building hardware. It provides professionals in all sectors of the building industry with a single source for technical expertise with the ultimate aim of assuring progress and maintaining standards throughout the industry.

Energy Savings Trust (EST)
www.est.org.uk
The EST is the UK's leading organisation working with a range of partners to deliver the sustainable and efficient use of energy.

Envirowise
www.envirowise.co.uk
Envirowise offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
www.fmb.org.uk
Founded in 1941, the Federation of Master Builders is the leading employers' trade association in the UK building industry with some 15,000 members. Membership requires a builder to prove that they offer suitably high standards of working practice and business methods and is thus widely accepted as a hallmark of quality.

Gas Safe Register
www.gassaferegister.co.uk
Gas Safe Register has replaced CORGI in Great Britain and the Isle of Man. The register exists to protect you, your family, and your property from dangerous gas work. By law, anyone carrying out work on gas installations and appliances in your home must be on the Gas Safe Register.

Green Gauge
www.greengaugetrust.org
Green Gauge’s mission is to mainstream the knowledge and skills for cost-effective low energy, low carbon buildings in the UK. There are many different players involved in various stages of a building cycle, any one of whom can inadvertently confound the aim of delivering a low energy low carbon building. How many of them immediately understand what we mean when we talk about building energy and carbon performance? Green Gauge aims to develop common language, common understanding, common standards and consistent training to enable the industry to meet its sustainability goals.

Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI)
www.gai.org.uk
The Guild serves to further all aspects of architectural ironmongery, promoting the interchange of information to encourage better product design and high professional standards of ironmongery scheduling and specification. The Guild operates a three-year educational programme leading to the GAI Diploma - an industry recognised qualification, and to Registered Architectural Ironmongery status requiring Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
www.hse.gov.uk
The Health and Safety Executive website provides access to over 350 of HSE's priced publications, Approved Codes of Practice, the latest health and safety legislation and a wide range of other information.

Modern Masonry Alliance
www.masonryfirst.com
Masonry First.com holds the ultimate in up-to-date information on Masonry products, manufacturers, suppliers and applications. Everything you need on-line at the click of a mouse.

National Home Improvement Council (NHIC)
www.nhic.org.uk
The National Home Improvement Council represents the most important body of companies and organisations that work in the home improvement sector. They earnestly believe in higher standards of materials and workmanship, backing this with codes of practice, gaurantees and warranties

Society of British Gas Industries (SBGI) - Energy and Utilities Website
www.energyandutilities.org.uk
The SBGI Energy and Utilities website acts as a portal for the whole of the energy and utilities sector. It hosts news, views and events from across the sector, and features a fully searchable database of companies involved in the UK energy sector. The site recognises the very substantial investment plans for the electricity, gas, water and telecoms networks in the UK and many other parts of the world and demonstrates the capability of UK companies in the sector to supply the wide range of products and services required.

T-Zero
www.tzero.org.uk
T-ZERO is a comparison website that saves money and carbon through green home improvements. Users can compare options to find the best solution for their home, then locate the companies in their area that can help them with the improvements.

Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA)
www.trada.co.uk
TRADA, the Timber Research and Development Association, is the UK's most authoritative provider of information on the specification and use of timber in construction. BMF is a member of TRADA.

Timber Trade Federation (TTF)
www.ttf.co.uk
The Timber Trade Federation is the official voice of the UK timber trade. It represents timber importers, agents, distributors and other suppliers and users of wood and wood products. The Federation aims to create the best conditions for its members to trade successfully and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry.

UK Green Building Council
www.ukgbc.org
In 2004, the Government's Sustainable Building Task Group reported that no one body or organisation concerned with sustainability was providing clear direction for the sector as a whole. The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), launched in February 2007, will bring cohesion to the UK green buildings movement.

Wood For Good
www.woodforgood.com
One tree is cut. Two trees are planted. Wood For Good is about encouraging more people to use nature's own building material. The only sustainable building material. The only renewable material. A resource that, in Europe, is increasing year by year by over 25 times the annual UK consumption.