federations and institutes


AIS FPDC (Plastering and Interior Fit Out)

After many years of discussion, the Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) and the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors (FPDC) have merged.

AIS FPDC represents companies involved in all aspects of interior fit out, refurbishment and building finishes.  A truly vertically integrated trade association, members are from across the supply chain including main interior contractors, specialist fit-out and finishes contractors, manufacturers and distributors.



Brick Development Association (BDA)

The Brick Development Association represents the United Kingdom and Ireland’s clay brick and paver industries. Our role is to ensure clay brick and pavers are recognised as the material of choice by architects, engineers, planners, specifiers, developers, landscapers, builders and property owners.

The Brick Development Association conducts lectures and CPDs with students and practising architects and engineers and through it’s marketing arm, Think Brick, communicates the benefits of brick to a wider audience on-line, through advertising and PR and through the annual Brick Awards.

Brick Development Association (BDA) website


British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

The British Woodworking Federation is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. It has over 600 members drawn from manufacturers, distributors and installers of timber doors, windows, conservatories, staircases, furniture, all forms of architectural joinery including shopfitting, timber frame buildings and engineered timber components, as well as suppliers to the industry. The woodworking sector as a whole is a £3.8 billion industry operating at the heart of UK manufacturing.

British Woodworking Federation (BWF) website

Building Limes Forum (BLF)

The Building Limes Forum exists to encourage expertise and understanding in the appropriate use of building limes and education in the standards of production, preparation, application and after-care. The Building Limes Forum is a Scottish Charitable IncorporatedOrganisation with over 350 members in the UK and overseas, the majority being actively concerned with the repair of historic buildings or in the use of lime in new build.

Building Limes Forum website

Carpenters Fellowship (and Oak Frame Training Forum)

The Carpenters Fellowship is for carpenters, architects,  engineers , historians  or indeed anyone else who is interested in finding out more about what's new and old in the world of timber frame construction. 

It is the only organisation in the UK devoted the study and the practice of timber frame construction. Be part of a friendly community of enthusiasts; a community that offers you access to an unrivalled range of courses, workshops and publications.

Carpenters Fellowship Member Directory (unaccredited)
Carpenters Fellowship and Oak Training Forum website

Construction Employers Federation (CEF) N Ireland

The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) is the certified representative body for the construction industry in Northern Ireland. The organisation has over 1200 member companies ranging from micro businesses employing a handful of people to the largest construction companies in Northern Ireland. In total, CEF member companies account for over 70% of construction output.

The Federation represents the industry’s views across a wide range of issues including procurement, planning, infrastructure investment, housing, environment, training, health and safety, and employment. 

 Membership of CEF also provides construction companies with a wide range of direct benefits to help increase work opportunities, reduce costs, comply with the law and achieve best practice.

Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Northern Ireland website

Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Ireland

CIF is the national and regional representative body for construction industry employers in Ireland. It is recognised by Government and public bodies across the country as the representative body and voice of the construction industry in Ireland and a Social Partner. It has sectoral groups within its structure that ensure that each area of the industry has a voice in the decision making process within the Federation

Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Ireland website

Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA)

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) was founded in 1968 in Kirkcudbrightshire, by the late Mrs Murray-Usher and the Stewartry Drystane Dyking Committee.  Since those early days, the Association has continued to expand and currently has over 1000 members in the UK and overseas.

Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA)


Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC)

One of the principal objectives of the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors is to improve the workmanship standards of installation and widen the technical design knowledge necessary to protect the integrity of the installation.

Growing membership with an annual vetting programme that checks quality standards are maintained. Full training development programme and independent Secretariat.  Guide to Good Practice developed as technical and training reference Free directory issued to architects and surveyors. 

Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC) website


Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the UK's largest trade association in the building industry, with national offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, supported by additional regional offices. 

Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit-making, lobbying continuously for members’ interests at both national and local levels.

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for building firms right across the UK. The FMB also offers practical advice and support to the general public on choosing and working with the right builder.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) website

Institute of Carpenters (IOC)

The IOC was founded in 1890 by 11 craftsmen who had achieved first class passes in the new exams set by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London.  At that time, the Institute’s role was to oversee training for carpenters and joiners to help maintain high professional standards and skills at a time when many feared that traditional skills were being lost.  

They are still committed to the original aims of ensuring each generation of carpenters and joiners upholds the highest traditions of our historic craft (not just that of carpentry, but also other wood trades such as furniture and cabinet makers, structural post and beam carpenters, wheelwrights, wood carvers and turners and boat builders).   

Today, they work to enhance and promote the status of our ancient profession and to ensure that our members and their clients benefit from the superior knowledge and craftsmanship associated with the Institute.

Institute of Carpenters (IOC) website


Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate of Great Britain Inc

The ICWCI is the professional body that supports quality construction through inspection.  As a membership organisation we provide a support network of meeting centres, technical advice, publications and events to help keep our members up to date with the ever changing construction industry.

Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate of Great Britain Inc website

Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (the IHBC) is the UK’s professional body for historic environment conservation specialists. IHBC members work in areas that help secure the conservation of historic places, buildings, sites or areas that we value. If you are interested in historic environment conservation as a career, or you are already working in it, you will want to become a member of the IHBC.

Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) website

Lead Contractors Association (LCA)

The LCA was formed in 1984 to prioritise quality standards in leadwork. It now comprises over 80 specialist contractors committed to providing quality craftsmanship for their clients, supported by 15 associate members supplying materials and ancillary services. 

Members may be sole traders, partnerships or an incorporated body and utilise an employed workforce or teams of subcontractors. Regardless of structure, members are required to take full responsibility for the purchase and application of the lead sheet under their control. They are required to work to the current Code of Practice (BS6915) and the recommendations of the Lead Sheet Association. 

An annual vetting programme provides rigorous quality control of members’ standards, through compulsory on-site inspection of workmanship and design.

Lead Contractors Association (LCA) website

Lead Contractor's Directory and other registers


National Federation of Builders (NFB)

The National Federation of Builders provides members with collective clout and credibility backed by more than 150 years of experience and activity.  Built on solid foundations, the NFB provides business and policy support to builders, contractors and house builders across England and Wales.

Today, the NFB is a modern, proactive organisation that has steadily built up a reputation for sound judgement, high media profile and robust approach to protecting your interests.  For companies involved in the building and construction industry the NFB provides vital resources in key areas, helps members to win work and saves them time and money so that they can focus on their primary task - construction.

National Federation of Builders (NFB) website


National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)

From humble beginnings in 1892, The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) has established itself as the leading roofing trade association in the United Kingdom. With seven regions, over 1000 trade contractors and 173 Supplier Members (manufacturers, suppliers and service providers), NFRC represents over 70% of the roofing industry by value.

Through various initiatives, NFRC continues to strive to provide confidence to clients who use its members and to the members to receive a service that is second to none.

National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) website

National Heritage Roofing Contractor's Register and other registers


Painting and Decorating Association (PDA)

Standing for professionalism, confidence and integrity, the Painting and Decorating Association symbol is the sign of quality in the industry. The PDA represents thousands of painters and decorators across the UK, but the Association has one clear purpose - to ensure all members adhere to the highest standards. From large national contractor organisations through to small businesses - the PDA choose its decorators with care.

Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) website

Scottish Building Federation (SBF)

Founded in 1895, the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) is the lead voice of the construction industry in Scotland, an industry which is the largest source of private investment north of the border and contributes around £10 billion (c.10%) to Scotland's GDP.  The overall aim of the organisation is to ensure that the important contribution of the Scottish construction industry to Scotland's economy and society is recognised and valued, which it does through working with industry, government and the media, and that industry standards are raised.

The SBF promotes the interests of the construction industry to a diverse range of stakeholders and is the leading employers' federation for the industry, representing over 700 companies from Orkney to the Borders.

Scottish Building Federation (SBF) website



Stone Federation is the official trade association for the natural stone industry. The Federation co-ordinates all aspects of the industry and provides specifiers and users with a first point of contact for information, advice and guidance in sourcing an appropriate material and a reliable service.

Stone Federation represents employers, liaises with government on legal affairs, health and safety, technical standards, craftsmanship, training and education. Make Stone Federation Great Britain and its members first point of contact for choosing and using stone and for quality assured advice, material and specialist services to ensure success.

Stone Federation GB provides a one-stop shop for product information, technical guidance and advice on all aspects of specifying and working with stone.

Stonefed website

Tile Association 

The Tile Association represents all aspects of wall and floor tile industry in the UK, from manufacture to installation.

Formed in January 2000, The Tile Association represents the whole of the UK wall and floor tile industry under one organisation. It has more than doubled in size since originally formed and now has more than 950 members, consisting of tiling contractors, fixers, distributors, retailers and manufacturers. Its mission is to promote professionalism and technical standards in the tiling industry, as well as provide technical support to both members and their customers.

Tile Association website


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