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NFDC member benefits
The most powerful voice in the demolition industry, the NFDC has championed the standards and professionalism of its members for more than 75 years. Backed up with regular member audits to assure expertise is maintained and reinforced, NFDC’s added value lies in the peace of mind and reduced risk it strives to assure for anyone planning or commissioning a demolition project.
All members agree to abide by the Federation rules that encompass an exacting Code of Conduct. The NFDC expects its members to provide a service to clients that meet the highest standards of professional management, workmanship, courtesy and integrity. With the recent addition of the Accredited Site Audit Scheme as a condition of corporate membership, these standards are now monitored and policed on an annual basis to ensure consistently high standards.
NFDC membership raises the profile of demolition companies by identifying them as reputable and trustworthy. Consequently, many public and private organisations and an increasing number of local authorities are now insisting that the contractors they employ must be members of the NFDC. Furthermore, the Federation’s Accredited Site Audit Scheme has been welcomed by many of the UK’s leading main contractors and is now seen by many as a mark of quality and dependability. The rigidly imposed high standards required for admittance to the NFDC are monitored on an ongoing basis, ensuring that standards are maintained throughout the duration of membership.
The NFDC is represented on a number of external committees covering specialist areas such as British Standards, training and health and safety. As a result, the NFDC is ideally placed to provide members with direct contacts and advice covering a whole host of topics. The NFDC’s regional committees – in Scotland & Northern Ireland, North West, North East, Midlands & Wales, and London & Southern Counties - meet regularly, providing a forum for discussion of regional issues and to act as a link between members, the National Council, and specialist committees.
High-quality training distinguishes NFDC members from the rest of the industry. The NFDC controls the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) in partnership with the CITB ConstructionSkills. The Federation also has its own training officer and operates its own accredited NVQ Centre at its head office in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, employing its own NVQ Assessors.
Another key role for the NFDC is the dissemination of information to its members. With legal, financial, economical and legislative information changing at such a rapid pace, the NFDC prides itself on providing members with information that is both timely and relevant via regular bulletins, the Demolition & Dismantling magazine, and also through regional meetings.
In addition to corporate memberships, the NFDC offers an Industry Service Provider - ISP membership option to companies working in associated fields of expertise such as insurance, finance and the manufacture, sale and hire of specialist equipment for demolition duties. NFDC membership affords members the opportunity to make direct contact with senior directors and representatives from these companies.
Membership offers many opportunities to meet new contacts and to exchange views with likeminded individuals. The NFDC reports to its members at its Annual General Meeting, but communication does not happen just once a year. We are constantly seeking your views throughout the year to ensure that we are focusing upon matters that are of key interest to our members. There are also opportunities for involvement at regional level (membership, training and charity committees) as well as participation in the Federation’s many social events including the Annual Convention.
Through the BSI and other nationally-recognised bodies, the NFDC is at the forefront of revising and updating technical specifications for the demolition industry. In addition, the NFDC sets up its own working parties from time to time and publishes detailed technical Guidance Notes and Codes of Practice.
The NFDC also maintains contact with both construction equipment manufacturers and suppliers. By acting in a concerted manner, the NFDC is able to exert pressure to strengthen and co-ordinate the wider industry’s approach to demolition and dismantling.
The NFDC has produced model conditions of contract and sub-contract. Copyrighted specimens and order forms for the full documents are available to order by contacting us: 01442 217144.