The thinking is that the new name better reflects the breadth of the organisation’s membership, including producers, users and specifiers of the product.
The STA will represent not just timber frame but all users of structural timber products, including CLT, SIPS and Glulam.
Chairman Lawrence Young said: “The timber frame industry is no longer defined simply by the supply of timber kits; it is driven by intelligent and integrated hybrid solutions. Because of this, the UKTFA now stands for much more than ‘timber frame’, and we felt that we needed to broaden the Association to reflect the evolving industry.
“This rebrand strengthens what the UKFTA has always stood for and as the STA we will be stronger and more inclusive. The UKTFA leads the industry in terms of quality, health & safety, education, technical knowledge and customer service, and this work will continue under the STA banner.”
The Structural Timber Association will officially launch at Timber Expo on 24 September 2013 and will be open to: manufacturers of structural timber products & systems; supply chain members; erectors; and designers. Associate membership is available to end user clients, specifiers including architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, contractors, house builders, developers, stakeholder groups and public sector bodies.