Get timber frame assurance with Structural Timber Association members

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There are many considerations when embarking upon building your dream home, but one of the most important is choosing the build system and making sure you have all the relevant information prior to making the decision. Should you choose a timber frame, then a member of the Structural Timber Association offers a level of reassurance that you’re choosing a reputable and reliable company for what is, probably, the single largest purchase on your project.

With impressive environmental credentials, combined with delivering cost and programme certainty – intelligent, integrated timber systems are now driving innovation in the self build sector – offering more choice than ever before.

Achieving Best Quality and Value

With assurances being of primary importance, there are a host of reasons why self builders should partner with a member of the Structural Timber Association (STA).

The STA Assure Membership and Quality Standards Scheme assessment creates a clear distinction in the expected performance levels of STA members and non-members.

Only STA members undergo the rigorous independent audit, providing transparency, credibility and accountability, thereby safeguarding the interests of end users and enabling them to partner with reputable member companies to harness the multitude of inherent benefits that structural timber offers.

Timber frame confidence

Working with an STA member means you can build with confidence knowing that your main project partner achieves the highest levels of quality across a range of industry standards. To provide qualifiable evidence of excellence, STA structural timber building system supplier members must all:

  • Undergo an independent audit for the STA Assure Membership and Quality Standards Scheme on an annual basis
  • Operate Site Safe procedures to ensure timber construction is both safe and sustainable
  • Receive regular updates on the latest building regulations and legislation
  • Fully support sustainable construction and quality standards


Advice guides

The STA also has some useful documents in its self build section that can support consumers, including:

  • Stick Build v Pre-Manufactured: Making the Right Choice
  • Mortgage Advice for Self Builders
  • Timber; the solid choice for your self-build

Visit the STA’s Self Build section for more information.

STA Assure is recognised by the NHBC and seven of the industry’s leading structural warranty and building control bodiesNHBC, LABC Warranty, Premier Guarantee, Protek Warranty, Build-Zone, Self-Build Zone and ABC+ Warranty.
The Structural Timber Association’s website has a wealth of information including a specific self build zone, together with a document library and a ‘find a member’ facility.
For more information visit the STA website  or follow them on twitter or linkedin.

NE Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils host Custom and Self Build event 12 June

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North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council, both NaCSBA members, are hosting a FREE Custom and Self Build event to promote the sector and share learnings with members of the public. The councils are encouraging anyone wishing to Self Build or Custom Build to register for the event and come along to this free informative event.

The councils are organising the event to publicise the route, and also their activities locally to make Custom and Self Build a choice for more people, supporting people as they go through the joys and pitfalls of building your own home.

At the event will be presentations about planning, design from Lomas and Mitchell Architects, low energy housing, finance by BuildStore, land and legal issues. Plus, there are question and answer sessions giving people the opportunity to chat about your own projects.

In addition, there will be handouts and advice from the companies present and the opportunity to network with other like minded delegates who are interested in seeing their dream home designed and constructed.


Date: Wed, 12 June 2019

Time: 9:30-4pm

Location: The Tangent Business Hub, Weighbridge Road, Shirebrook, NG20 8RX

Register for free via Eventbrite. 

Bolsover event

NaCSBA’s Code of Practice offers peace of mind for self builders

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), which runs the Self Build Portal, has developed a Code of Practice for all its members, offering confidence to anyone involved in commissioning their own home that companies showing the NaCSBA member stamp are reliable and trustworthy.

Whether you are self building, custom building or working as part of a larger community-led housing group, commissioning a house will be the biggest purchase you make, and most people pursuing the self build route are doing it for the first time.

In nearly all cases, self building involves commissioning companies and trades to build your home. The range of companies able to work on part, or most of your home is vast, and getting recommendations – and the correct contracts and insurances – is vital to ensure you get the right company for you.

By choosing a NaCSBA member, whether Gold or Regular member, you can rest assured that they are reputable, experienced operators in the field of self build. So look out for the gold or the blue NaCSBA stamp on their websites, or check on our Members Directory, here.

NaCSBA Gold member stamp NaCSBA regular member stamp 

NaCSBA has three types of members, Gold, Regular and Not-for-Profit (such as councils), with the latter not dealing with members of the public directly.

For consumers, the Gold and Regular members are the same – the Gold level relates to premium members that are involved on a more detailed level with the operation of NaCSBA, such as with lobbying government for change. The Not-for-Profit (green stamp) category are not party to the code as they do not engage directly with consumers.

NaCSBA’s Code of Practice

Not only does the Code of Practice allow you to identify a company that is committed to the custom/self build sector, but also one that has committed to treat consumers fairly.

NaCSBA’s Code of Practice ensures you can expect:

  • To see truthful adverts and marketing material;
  • clear, helpful and adequate pre-contractual information;
  • clear, fair contracts;
  • staff who know about and meet the code;
  • that members have an effective internal complaints procedure; and,
  • that for any problems that cannot be resolved, the company will enter an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process via NaCSBA or another provider (if they already have one in place).

The resolution process offers a further level of reassurance that any disputes will be resolved fairly and impartially.

Calum Taylor, NaCSBA Membership & Development Representative said, “NaCSBA’s new Code of Practice evolves our services and carries on our tradition of working to improve the process for anyone wanting to have a hand in building their own home.”

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For lots more help and advice, visit our Get Support section of the Self Build Portal.