2014-02-14  

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Farmers Warned by RIDBA to Respect the CE Mark

After 1st July 2014 farmers need to be extra vigilant about their new buildings, according to Rural & Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA).

A new regulation which could have far-reaching effects on the way farmers source new buildings is now less than five months away from coming into force.

After July 1st farmers need to be extra vigilant about their new buildings, according to RIDBA.

After July 1st farmers need to be extra vigilant about their new buildings, according to RIDBA.

CE Marking is not currently compulsory in the UK but after July 1st 2014 it will become a criminal offence, punishable by a prison sentence, for a steel framed building, which most agricultural buildings are, to be supplied without this mark.

It demonstrates, among other things, that the building is fit for purpose under BS EN 1090 Part 2 ‘Execution of Steel Structures and Aluminium Structures’. And in recent winters it appears many farm buildings may not have been fit for purpose, collapsing under the weight of snow because they were either not correctly designed or fabricated, luckily harming no-one.

One way that farmers can ensure the new buildings they are investing in are correctly designed and fabricated to CE Marking standards, and that lack of CE Marking does not impact on their deposit or insurance should anything go wrong, is by engaging a steel-framed building manufacturer member of RIDBA, the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association.

RIDBA’s 120 members have been helped to meet the new regulation by being given preferential access to guidance manuals and training which has markedly reduced their costs in meeting the requirements, costs which they could have chosen to pass onto their client, the farmer.

More information on CE Marking is available in RIDBA’s new Farm Buildings Handbook, which is available at the reduced price of £10 in the run-up to CE Marking, or via www.ridba.org.uk.

RIDBA members supply over 65% of the UK agricultural market and over 15% of the total single-storey steel-framed market. They erect more than 6,000 agricultural and industrial buildings a year and supply an area of over 4million²m of steel-framed agricultural and industrial buildings.

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