Housebuilders to benefit from new trussed rafter buyers’ guide

Housebuilders will benefit from a new guide that tells them all they need to know about trussed rafters, from delivery to site through to safe installation.

Published by the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA), ‘The Buyers’ Guide to Trussed Rafters’ is relevant to both designers and onsite trades.

It is a timely publication with the industry focusing on Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Trussed rafters can play a significant role in making housebuilding more efficient as they offer a much faster and easier method of completing roofs.

Nick Boulton, TRA chief executive, said:

“The buyers’ guide is there to aid our members when it comes to explaining all theintricacies of trussed rafters. There is a lot to take onboard as they are a versatile product with many options. With the focus on MMC, trusses are the ideal candidate for forward-thinking roofing companies, due to their flexibility and speed of installation on site.”

“We take our collaboration with the designers and installers of our member’s products very seriously and are committed to offering guidance to increase quality and accuracy wherever possible. We hope this guide will help members to reach out to a wider audience and keep trussed rafters as the go to roofing product.”

The guide outlines the difference in responsibilities between building designers and trussed rafter designers. Explaining the various roofscapes and room in the roof layouts which can be achieved as well as providing wind loading information for both Ireland and the UK.

Throughout the guide there are technical drawings and 3D renders showing safe and compliant trusses at various stages of the design and installation process.

Once on site, the guide provides useful tips on how to safely store the trusses and how to correctly brace them. An essential construction checklist is provided to assist contractors and site staff responsible for installation. Information to assist with site certification for Ireland can also be found in the guide.

For further information or to get a copy of the guide please visit the TRA website.   

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