Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Construction trade associations

Trade Associations and Business Support Organisations for Construction sector.

Additional resources


Construction Employers Federation (CEF)

CEF is the certified representative body for the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (SNIPEF)

SNIPEF is a trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (SNIPEF)

SNIPEF is a trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Scottish Building Federation (SBF)

SBF is a trade association that represents the Scottish construction industry.

Building Research Establishment (BRE)

BRE is a research group focused on the built environment.

Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES)

B&ES is a trade group that represents firms that work in heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration, heat recovery, water supply, fire protection/sprinkler systems, pipework, ductwork, plumbing (excluding drainage), energy management systems and facilities services.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

CIOB is a professional body that focuses on construction management and leadership.

Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)

CIPHE is a professional body for the UK's plumbing and heating industry.

Civil Engineering Contractors Association

CECA is a trade group that represents civil engineering contractors.

Construction Industry Council (CIC)

CIC is a forum that works on behalf of professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA)

CIRIA is a construction industry research and information group.

Construction Products Association

Construction Products Association is a trade group that represents the UK's manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials.

Constructing Excellence

Constructing Excellence is a trade group that represents those with a stake in the built environment.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

FMB is a trade association that works on behalf of the UK building industry.

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA)

FETA is an umbrella group that represents manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

ICE is a professional body that represents civil engineers and provides knowledge based support.

National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NDFC)

NDFC is a trade group that represents the UK's demolition industry.

Zero Waste Scotland and WRAP Northern Ireland offer free and confidential advice and support to help you reduce your environmental impact and save money. They can help with reducing your business's waste and use of water, packaging and raw materials.

The Carbon Trust can help your business to improve its energy use and reduce its carbon emissions.

Find other trade associations relevant to your business using the Trade Association Forum website.

Construction resources

Land contamination

SEPA: Contaminated land

DOENI: contaminated land


Community RePaint


Resource Efficient Scotland: Construction materials exchange

CIRIA: Publications

Site waste management plans

True cost of waste calculator

WRAP: Construction waste tools and guidance

Further information

BS 42020: Biodiversity. Code of practice for planning and development

This new British Standard 42020 aims to integrate biodiversity into all stages of the planning and development process.

It is of relevance to professionals working in the fields of ecology, land use planning, land management, architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, forestry, arboriculture, surveying, building and construction.

BSI: Smart Guide to BS 42020

BSI: BS 42020 Biodiversity. Code of practice for planning and development.

Buildsafe Northern Ireland

CIRIA: Publications

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