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Trade bodies and Professional organisations

The UK has a large number of trade bodies, representing all areas of the low carbon construction industry. Many lobby government and have charitable status, but are distinct from the previously mentioned NGOs in that they act specifically on behalf of certain industry sectors. Many larger organisations such as the RIBA have commercial operations and significant revenue, others such as the GSHPA represent a small scale ‘cottage industry’ type operations, run by volunteers. Membership of many of these bodies, is often a signifier of professional competence, such as the FMB, and requires a degree of vetting or qualifications to gain membership i.e. RIBA. A list of these groups can be found in the Appendix, Table 15.

Table 15 Key trade bodiesOrganisationSector/StructureBrief descriptionRelevant roles/ activitiesRenewable Energy Association (REA) The REA was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA helps its members build commercially and environmentally sustainable businesses whilst increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the UK’s electricity, heat, transport and green gas needs.

  1. Conferences, Seminars & Workshops

  2. Public affairs and industry PR

  3. Publications and newsletters

  4. Information on technical, legal, commercial and environmental matters

  5. Training courses and career opportunities

  6. Member networking

RIBA The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and members. Provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of their profession.

With government, they work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.Membership body for British ArchitectsNBS Produce a range of information products, including The Construction Information Service, a joint venture with IHS. From 2005 we have been publisher of the Building Regulations Approved Documents for England and Wales. More than 5,000 offices subscribe to our products LABC Local Authority Building Control (LABC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Members ensure that all buildings are habitable, safe, dry and warm, and with over 3,000 professional surveyors and building technicians working in local authority building control we provide a consistent national service that’s delivered locally. National House-Building Council NHBC is the UK’s leading standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes. Its role is to work with the house-building industry to raise the standards of new homes and to provide consumer protection for homebuyers Federation of Master Builders 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 National Insulation Association (NIA) The NIA represents the insulation industry in the United Kingdom; members include installers and manufacturers who provide a wide range of insulation solutions for your home. The NIA and members are fully committed to maintaining and raising standards within the insulation industry ensuring that ‘Peace of Mind’ comes at standard for our customers. SWIGA -the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency SWIGA has been established to provide householders and landlords with an independent, uniform and dependable guarantee covering professionally installed External, Internal or Hybrid (where both are used on the same property) solid wall insulation solutions.The SWIGA Quality Assurance Framework and Guarantee for solid wall insulation provides additional peace of mind and access to technical expertise in the event of any defect arising in the design, workmanship or materials and is aligned to the Green Deal & Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requirements for a 25 Year guaranteeGround Source Heat Pumps Association The GSHPA encourages the growth and development of the ground source heat pump industry in the United Kingdompromoting the efficient and sustainable use of ground source heat pumps

  1. ◾raising awareness of the benefits of ground source heat pumps

  2. ◾developing ground source installation Standards

  3. ◾encouraging high standards of training for the industry

  4. ◾providing a forum for information interchange

  5. ◾liaising with related organisations to benefit the ground source industry

  6. ◾Lobbying for Ground Source Energy industry in matters of local, national and international interest to membersSolar Trade Association Since 1978, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has worked to promote the benefits of solar energy and to make its adoption easy and profitable for domestic and commercial users.

The STA is the UK’s leading solar industry voice, with a proven track record of winning breakthroughs for the UK’s solar industry.

On your behalf, and drawing on expertise from right across the solar industry, we undertake in-house policy development and provide advice and analysis to Government departments, politicians, agencies, regulators, NGOs, the media and other stakeholders.

British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) is the National trade association of the UK solar photovoltaic industry. The BPVA is a strong political and commercial organisation and has become the industries favorite platform since formation in 2010. CIBSE CIBSE promotes the career of building services engineers by accrediting courses of study in further and higher education, by approving work based training programmes and providing routes to full professional Registration and Membership, including Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician. Once qualified, CIBSE offers a range of services, all focussed on maintaining and enhancing professional excellence throughout a career.CIBSE provide training and accreditation to low carbon consultant and engineers involved in the design and modelling of low carbon systems in buildings