Useful links and resources when using wood products


Architects Journal supports the architecture industry on a daily basis with in-depth news analysis, insight into issues that are affecting the industry, comprehensive building studies with technical details and drawings, client profiles, and competition updates as well as letting you know who’s won what and why. is the  RIBA jumping off point to hundreds of other websites related to architecture and a great place to either find an architect for your project or seek inspiration.

UK Register of Architects is a list of the only people that are legally entitled to use the name "architect" in business or practice.

RIBA Product Selector Plus for information on more UK building products and suppliers.

NBS is a global leading technology platform that combines the best content and connectivity for anyone involved in the design, supply and construction of the built environment.

Barbour Product Search is an interactive, online building product search platform for the construction sector that enables specifiers to source products and manufacturers.


Association for Environment-Conscious Building AECB is the leading independent environmental building trade organisation in the UK, encouraging greater environmental awareness within the building construction industry.

Building Control An invaluable directory of building control offices, contact details, and descriptions of the services offered.

Homebuilding and Renovating website has vast amounts of information on Self-build and home renovation including a directory of supplier contacts and hundreds of case history examples complete with pictures and costings.

The National Custom and Self Build Association NaCSBA is the voice of the Custom and Self-build housing sector. Its mission is to make Custom and Self-build a mainstream choice for everyone seeking a home of their own. Its Self Build Portal provides information on registering a plot, build options, useful advice and case studies.

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre NSBRC is the UK’s only permanent visitor centre designed specifically to meet the needs of self builders, renovators and home improvers. It features 3 full size exhibition houses and over 250 exhibitors offering the latest products and services.

Sustainable Sourcing

Forest Stewardship Council FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes PEFC is a framework for the mutual recognition of credible national or regional forest certification schemes which have been developed to meet internationally recognised requirements for sustainable forest management.

The Wood Shop Consultancy The Timber Consultancy division of The Wood Shop Ltd, is amongst the longest established consultancies in the UK helping companies to achieve and maintain their FSC and PEFC chain of custody certification.

Trade Associations and Services

British Woodworking Federation is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. BWF supported the formation of the Wood Window Alliance (WWA) to promote the raising standards in the design and manufacture of both timber and aluminium-clad timber windows and doors.

Building Research Establishment (BRE) An independent and impartial research-based consultancy, with testing and training facilities, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment, including a comprehensive capabilities for timber related research. It also operates the world's longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings through its BREEAM scheme (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association LOFA is a trade association representing over 80% of the UK’s manufacturers and suppliers of garden furniture, garden benches, parasols and all your outdoor living products and accessories.

Property Care Association Trade Association representing the property care industry. Sectors represented include timber preservation, structural repair, damp control, structural waterproofing, flood recovery, flood protection and invasive weed control.

Structural Timber Association The UK's leading organisation representing the structural timber sector and associated supply chain companies, whose objective is to drive quality and product innovation through expert technical guidance and research, underpinned by education, training and event programmes.

Timber Decking and Cladding Association The TDA is an advisory and technical organisation formed to provide guidance on how to specify, install and care for timber decking and cladding.

Trussed Rafter Association is the voice of the UK timber trussed rafter industry. Comprehensive website covering supplier details, technical information and issues concerning the industry.

Timber Research and Development Association TRADA is an internationally recognised centre of excellence on the specification and use of timber and wood products. TRADA maintains active programmes of research and information.

Timber Trade Federation Trade association representing the UK timber trade with a host of information relating to technical, trade and sustainability issues.

Wood Campus is the UK wood industry’s free information and learning site. Whether you’re a specifier, a builder, working in a merchant’s or into DIY, you’ll find the information, inspiration and learning tools you need to use more wood – the most sustainable of materials.

Wood For Good  A Promotional campaign which aims to increase the use of wood in the UK. Its aim is to make sure that people recognise wood for what it is, the most beautiful, versatile and environmentally friendly material for the 21st Century.

Wood Protection Association is the UK lead body on all matters concerning wood protection with a vision to champion the use of timber as a building material.

The Wood Panel Industries Federation is a representative organisation giving voice to the industrial panel product manufacturers in the UK and produce the Panel Guide, a source of information for the use of panel products, also regulatory, standardisation and general information on OSB, MDF, Particleboard and plywood.

The Wood Shop Consultancy The Timber Consultancy division of The Wood Shop Ltd, provides Expert Witness services, timber condition surveys and consultancy for companies interested in pursuing FSC or PEFC Chain of Custody Certification.

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