National Frame Builders Association
Now Known as
"National Frame Building Association"
Lawrence, Kan., May 9, 2007 - The active membership of the National Frame
Builders Association has voted to change the name of the Association to the
National Frame Building Association, to better communicate the true mission
of the Association. Voting was recently completed by mail-in ballot.
The name change was recommended by the NFBA Board of Directors to the
membership, to reflect the fact that NFBA is primarily an industry
organization that advocates for the interests not only of post-frame
builders, but also for post-frame suppliers, design professionals and others
who make their living via the post-frame building industry.
NFBA's main goal is to grow the entire post-frame industry. The name change
is intended to reflect a commitment to the industry and to demonstrate to
those who are not builders that the association is also for them.
Association leadership still believes, however, that the best way to grow
the industry is to assist builders first and foremost.
The name change will also help to reduce confusion from industry outsiders,
who may on occasion call NFBA looking for "house framers" or for "picture
framers." Post-frame buildings are structurally efficient buildings
composed primarily of trusses, purlins, girts, bracing and sheathing. The
primary element of the design incorporates posts or wood columns, which are
typically embedded in the ground or surface-mounted to a concrete or masonry
Many people today are surprised to find out that post-frame buildings are
not just "pole barns" or "pole buildings" anymore. Pole barn designs
pioneered in the 1930's led to the development of post-frame building
design. Rounded utility poles were originally used to make the first "Pole
Buildings" or "Pole Barns."
Today's post-frame structures use square posts or laminated columns, and are
strikingly more advanced in their design and efficiency compared to the good
old "pole barns" that paved the way for the industry. Although pioneered
for horse barns and other agricultural buildings, almost any low-rise
building may be most quickly constructed using post-frame design.
For more information about the National Frame Building Association or its
annual convention, Frame Building Expo, Feb. 20-22 2008 in Columbus, Ohio,
please call NFBA headquarters at 800/557-6957 or visit www.nfba.org.
The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) is the only trade association
representing the interests of the post-frame construction industry
throughout the United States. Members include construction, manufacturing,
and marketing companies, as well as code and design professionals.