Press Releases

Wind Loading on Agricultural Buildings

All buildings and other external structures are subjected to wind loading which, over the 20 to 50 year design life of the building, may on occasion be sufficiently strong to cause damage to the cladding and even the building structure. It is therefore essential that this loading is properly accounted for during the design and...
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Farm Building Design and the Well-being of Livestock

RIDBA Technical Consultant, Dr Martin Heywood, looks into some of the key areas that should be addressed by building designers and farmers to improve the well-being of their livestock. Introduction It is essential that animal housing provides a comfortable, clean and dry environment, free from hazards and health risks. The design of the building and specification of...
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National Structural Steelwork Specification

The 6th Edition of the National Structural Steelwork Specification for Building Construction (NSSS) has now been released. The NSSS is the national standard for specifying structural steelwork for use in building. The 6th edition supersedes the 5th edition (CE Marking version) of the NSSS and tender documentation and construction contracts should be changed to reference the 6th edition...
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Codes and Standards for Agricultural Buildings

Agricultural buildings in the UK are designed to a British Standard and for the structural aspects of the design that standard is BS 5502-22:2013. This standard is only the tip of an iceberg concerning design documents - which a structural engineer has to use to determine the loading on the building, and to design a...
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Huge Success at the RIDBA Building Awards 2017

The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) held the RIDBA Building Awards 2017 at the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff on Friday 17 March in front of over 130 industry guests, a record for this event. The Awards celebrate the successes of RIDBA members over the past two years and showcase the best in...
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RIDBA Announces Shortlist for the RIDBA Building Awards 2017

RIDBA (The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) launched the RIDBA Building Awards in September 2016 to showcase the best in rural and industrial buildings and after receiving a record number of entries, RIDBA is delighted to announce the shortlist to the industry. The re-vamped FAB Awards is now in its third year and superbly...
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RIDBA Launches New Awards Event for 2017

PRESS RELEASE 5 September 2016 The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) has launched the RIDBA Building Awards 2017. Formerly known as the Farming and Agricultural Buildings Awards (FAB Awards), the new and improved Awards will remain the highlight of the industry calendar, comprising of new award categories and recognising innovation and excellence in the...
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RIDBA Celebrates 60 Successful Years

The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special Gala Dinner at the Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon on 16 June. Industry guests enjoyed a fabulous three course meal and were entertained and amazed by ‘Card Ninja’ Javier Jarquin before finishing off the evening with music and dancing. Formed in...
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RIDBA Looks Ahead to Bright Future

Build UK is now managing the day-to-day running of RIDBA and led a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February which was attended by over 40 members. The positive feedback received at the AGM was invaluable and RIDBA will be building on the constructive engagement generated at this meeting over the coming months. Members welcomed the...
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RIDBA warns farmers to build fit for purpose

Farmers could be held legally responsible for building collapses, warns RIDBA. Following the recent spate of bad weather, the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) has warned farmers to ensure their buildings are fit for purpose from both a moral and legal perspective. The moral perspective would be living with the knowledge that an agricultural...
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