Latest news and articles

Oct 2, 2018

As recently as the turn of the millenium, there was still a prevailing perception amongst architectural specifiers and other interested parties, that rooflights had a negative effect on the energy efficiency of buildings. This view was borne out of the fact that even the best insulating rooflights of the time generally offered lower thermal performance than surrounding roof areas.

Sep 12, 2018

RIBA has approved a further two NARM Technical Documents for CPD use, as part of the RIBA Core Curriculum: Design, construction and technology - Knowledge level: Microlearning

Aug 15, 2018

What does a trade association actually do? A common perception is that many trade associations exist to protect the interests of their members – and maybe provide some kind of ‘club’ environment, in which like-minded people share ideas and socialise.

Jul 25, 2018

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers has published a new technical guide covering the installation of roof windows on pitched roofs, as part of its ongoing commitment to support best practice in the design and installation of rooflights.

Jul 5, 2018

As the trade association representing the UK’s rooflight industry, NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, plays a number of roles in support of its mission to engender best practice in rooflighting across all sectors.

May 4, 2018

Working on roofs is a high-risk activity because it involves work at height. Roofers account for 24% of all workers who are killed in falls from height while at work. Falls through fragile materials, such as older rooflights and asbestos cement roofing sheets, account for more of these deaths than any other single cause.

Mar 27, 2018

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, is an active trade association representing the UK’s leading rooflight suppliers and associated businesses.

At the heart of NARM is our influential Technical Committee, comprising leading experts in the design, manufacture and application of rooflights across all sectors.

Feb 6, 2018

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018. NARM is an active trade association representing UK rooflight suppliers and associated businesses. The Association is dedicated to the application of best practice in the provision of natural light in built environments.

Jan 26, 2018

In its role as the voice of the UK’s rooflight industry, NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, is committed to engaging with rooflight specifiers and installers – to encourage best practice and to educate on the advantages of natural daylight in the built environment.

Aug 11, 2017

A look at reasearch into daylighting in healthcare buildings published by the BRE and additional information from NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers.

Jul 11, 2017

NARM, The National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has played an important role representing the UK’s rooflight industry in consultation with the Government and its subcontractors, CIBSE, AECOM and the BRE, on issues relating to Part L of The Building Regulations. The following article by NARM’s Technical Committee, explains how small differences in rooflight area can have a significant impact on light levels and energy usage.

Apr 4, 2017

You might be surprised! 
NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, may not be the UK’s biggest trade association, but it must count as one of the most active and influential relative to the size of its membership.

Mar 13, 2017

Bury St Edmunds based glass rooflight specialist Sunsquare has 
become a member of NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers.

Feb 10, 2017

NARM, The National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has played an important role representing the UK’s rooflight industry in consultation with the Government and its subcontractors, CIBSE, AECOM and the BRE, on issues relating to Part L of The Building Regulations. The following article by NARM’s Technical Committee, explains how small differences in rooflight area can have a significant impact on light levels and energy usage.

Dec 30, 2016

2016 HAS BEEN A BUSY YEAR AT NARM! We’ve been working hard to benefit our members, raise awareness of rooflighting best practice and generally present the case for daylighting in the built environment.

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to in 2016:

Nov 18, 2016

Climate change, globalisation and countless other local factors are continuing to drive huge change and innovation across the construction industry. This is particularly true in the UK’s rooflighting sector, where past and forthcoming revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations have an important
bearing on rooflight specification.

Jul 27, 2016

NARM has published a RIBA approved CPD Seminar entitled ‘An introduction to daylighting with rooflights’.

Apr 4, 2016

 NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has become a member organisation of NFRC, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, in a move that cements what is already a well established working relationship between the two organisations.

Apr 1, 2016

New self ventilating glass: 'pores' open when target surface temperature is reached

Feb 25, 2016

NARM, The National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers will be providing regular news and technical bulletins for rooflight specifiers, starting in the Spring of 2016.

Jan 28, 2016

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has launched a new blog providing regular news updates and discussion topics on daylighting with rooflights.

Nov 23, 2015

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, publishes objective technical information for rooflight specifiers and makes this freely available on the association's website at www.narm.org.uk. During 2015, visits to the website have increased by over 16% taking 2015's projected total to over 8,000 visits.

Sep 14, 2015

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has published the first of a series of rooflighting case studies which are now available to download from the NARM website.

Jul 27, 2015

NARM, the UK’s National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has joined Eurolux, the European trade association for rooflight manufacturers.

May 20, 2015

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers has published a new 16 page technical document, entitled ‘An introduction to natural daylight design in domestic properties’.

Feb 18, 2015

The growing popularity of 'walk-on' rooflights – very high specification glass structures designed to floor loadings and therefore unsuitable for most rooflighting applications – has led to confusion amongst specifiers who often refer to 'walk-on' specification, when in fact their requirement is simply for a non-fragile rooflight.

Jan 30, 2015

NARM, The National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has initiated a 'Project of the Week' scheme, to showcase the innovation and diversity of it's member companies.

Dec 30, 2014

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has initiated a social media campaign targeting architects and contractors. Since starting the campaign in mid 2014, NARM's regular Twitter posts have attracted over 200 followers.

Oct 24, 2014

 A new report, commissioned by the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM), has been published by Elmhurst Energy. The report is entitled: ‘Analysis of Improving Daylighting and Lighting Controls on a Number of Existing Non-Domestic Buildings’ and provides a detailed insight into the affects of rooflighting on building energy consumption and emissions.

Oct 14, 2014

NARM has issued a new document to replace its NTD 01 2009 'Natural Daylight Design Through Rooflighting' document. The new document, NTD01.2 is entitled 'An introduction to natural daylight design through rooflighting' and provides a broad overview of the factors to consider in the design and specification of rooflights.

Aug 18, 2014

The membership of NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers continues to increase, further strengthening the Association's position as an authoritative voice for the UK's rooflight industry.

Jul 30, 2014
The choice is critical - and specifiers only have one chance to get it right. NARM has published a new technical document NTD09, providing impartial comparisons between the different materials – enabling specifiers to make informed decisions regarding rooflight specification.
Jul 21, 2014
NARM offers the easy way to avoid the risk of specifying a non-compliant rooflight.
May 21, 2014
NARM has updated its Technical Document NTD03 Application of ACR[M]001 'Test for Non-Fragility of Profiled Sheeting Roofing Assemblies' to GRP Profiled Rooflighting Sheeting.
Mar 8, 2014

By Chris Pearce, CPA Board Representative, NARM.
An article prepared on behalf of the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety

Dec 16, 2013

The HSE’s ‘Health & safety in roof work’ publication HSG331 highlights the fact that “Roofers account for 24% of all workers who are killed in falls from height while at work. Falls through fragile materials, such as rooflights and asbestos cement roofing sheets, account for more of these deaths than any other single cause. There are also many serious injuries, often resulting in permanent disabilities.”

Nov 4, 2013
A new numbering system and design update has been introduced for NARM Technical documents, to allow specifiers to access and reference information more easily.
Aug 2, 2013
NARM, The National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has issued a guidance document covering non-fragility, for specifiers of in-plane rooflights.
Jul 18, 2013

NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, offers an authoritative independent source for advice and support on compliance with Part L – as well as other standards covering Fire, Health & Safety and Product Quality. This article provides an insight into UK rooflight legislation.

May 7, 2013
From the 1st of July 2013 it will be mandatory to CE mark any relevant products under the Construction Products Regulation that are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN).
May 3, 2013

By Chris Chaney on behalf of NARM – The National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers

Mar 30, 2013
Two leading UK rooflight businesses have recently joined NARM...
Jan 8, 2013
NARM, the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers, has developed a new website carrying comprehensive, up-to-date information for rooflight specifiers.
Nov 20, 2012
NARM (National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers) Technical Committee
Sep 10, 2011
Three leading UK rooflight businesses, have recently joined the ranks of NARM....
Jan 25, 2011
Climate change, globalisation and countless other local factors are driving huge change and innovation in the construction sector.