John Brash launches builders merchants BS5534 campaign

Timber company, John Brash & Co. Ltd, has launched a new campaign to ensure the roofing industry complies with recently introduced safety and quality rules.

John Brash launches builders merchants BS5534 campaign

Teams from the manufacturer of graded timber roofing battens are taking to the road to visit more than 300 key venues across the UK, including builders merchants and roofing centres, to reinforce the key messages of British Standard BS5534:2014.

The East Midlands-based supplier has produced 20,000 copies of a new guide to the British Standard for slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical cladding.

It is designed to help builders, roofers, tilers and staff at builders merchants to get to grips with what the new rules for roofing both new and existing properties actually mean in practice.

To support the new guide, the company is handing out promotional packs that include point-of-sale material, banners and t-shirts, which its teams are offering at merchants to remind the trade about the new roofing rules.

Christian Brash, chairman of the company which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, started the ball rolling by handing out the first packs to a builders’ merchant in Newark.

“This is the most important development in the roofing industry in the last five years, and it’s vital that this standard is fully embraced and fully supported,” said Brash.

“This is why we felt it was so important to do our bit and keep the issue of BS5534:2014 at the top of the industry’s agenda.”

John Brash teamed up with John Dodd, the author of British Standard BS5534:2014, to create the guide.

Brash added: “BS5534:2014 is great news for the roofing industry, as it reflects a lot of the improvements, particularly in working practices and quality of products, that have already been made.

“It occurred to us that a quick guide to the standard that highlighted the key facts and changes would be useful to the industry, so we worked with John Dodd, the chairman of the BSI committee, who was responsible for drafting the standard, to create an accompaniment that is simple and digestible.”

As part of the campaign, John Brash is encouraging anyone who tries its JB-Red timber roofing batten to enter a free prize draw for a Paslode nail gun worth £500.

The guide can be ordered via John Brash’s website or emailing Rebecca Ball

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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