Selecting the Correct Steel Grade

Steel is a remarkably versatile construction material and has so many uses within modern agricultural and industrial buildings.  In addition to the structural frames, which are usually made from hot-rolled carbon steel, galvanized cold-formed steel is often used for the purlins, cladding rails and the roof and wall cladding, while steel bolts hold the structural elements together and reinforcing...

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Book Now for RIDBA Industry Day 2021

Due to COVID-19, this year's RIDBA Industry Day was postponed. However, we are delighted to announce that the Industry Day has been rescheduled!

RIDBA Industry Day 2021 will be held on Thursday 22 April in Abbey Hotel, Malvern, which is an ideal venue to adhere to social distancing requirements....

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Energy-saving Opportunities for Pig Farmers

Efficiently run livestock housing is key to productivity, health, welfare and, ultimately, the success of the industry. Proficiently balancing inputs and outputs places some businesses ahead of others and creates more resilience in navigating through the uncertainty of the future while we live through these unprecedented times.

In 2019, English...

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Light: Adding Value to a Steel Frame

Design guidance on lighting for livestock buildings has remained rudimentary for years. BS5502: part 40, (1990) states that natural lighting should be provided for cattle where possible, with supplementary artificial lighting where appropriate. Target light levels recommend 50 lux as standard service illumination and 300 lux for inspection. Similar guidance is given for...

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NSSS – National Structural Steelwork Specification

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The BSCA has recently published the 7th edition of the NSSS. This latest edition has been extensively updated and represents the biggest change since its introduction in 1989. One of the main changes is the inclusion of a new section on intumescent paint...

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CE Marking Campaign – RIDBA Strives for the Highest Standards

Last year, the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association launched a campaign to promote the importance of CE Marking, not only as a reminder of the legal obligations but also as a pillar of compliance in the industry. For fabricated structural steelwork, CE Marking became mandatory on 1 July 2014 and even...

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Member Briarwood Steps up as an Industry Leading Fibre Cement Manufacturer

The British Farming Family owned company has made a major investment in acquiring their Italian supplier creating an unrivalled combined manufacturer and distributor - “Briarwood Landini”.  Briarwood is well established as the UK’s leading supplier of Fibre Cement Sheets. . For decades they have worked in partnership with their Italian manufacturer Landini s.p.A to develop an...
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