We’re proud to announce that, at DPL, not only are all our steel buildings fully CE-marked, meaning we comply with the law, but we have done this ahead of our competitors in the industry.
Our cold rolled steel building supplier, were awarded the well-established, prestigious CE Mark to the European Standard EN 1090, becoming the first and, so far only, provider of cold formed portal frame buildings to achieve it.
Our other main supplier of hot rolled steel buildings was also the first UK maker of steel buildings for agriculture to achieve the standard.
While other steel structure manufacturers may say all their components are CE-marked, this should not necessarily be taken to mean they actually comply with the stringent new regulations. To achieve the CE mark, the entire manufacturing process must follow the necessary standard fully.
The purchase of CE-approved products alone is not enough – this is only a small part of satisfying the CE Mark to EN 1090. It doesn’t mean Design Protocol or Process Control Procedures are up to scratch, or that a notified body has independently audited the building.
The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA), of which Capital Steel Ltd, whose buildings we distribute, are proud members, were hugely supportive through the process.
RIDBA has developed a design protocol and factory quality control manual to help steel frame corporate members, and continues to offer support across the industry.
What is CE Marking?
The CE (or Conformité Européenne) mark stipulation was developed after the particularly harsh winters of 2010 and 2011, during which large numbers of agricultural buildings collapsed under the weight of snow, killing livestock and placing farming livelihoods in grave peril, mainly due to poor manufacturing processes and imperfect design. This also led to a raft of costly insurance claims.
In response, since the start of July 2014, all structural frame manufacturers have been obliged by law to have their Design Protocol and Factory Production Control Procedures assessed to European Standard EN 1090.
It is enforced by Trading Standards, who will respond to complaints over non-compliance. Directors of organisations which consistently refuse to comply could face prison sentences. In addition non complying products can be recalled.
Both the frame manufacturer’s design process and their factory quality control systems will have to be checked by a notified body, which must be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
Following an initial assessment, if the frame maker passes, they will be accredited to CE Mark for their frames, and continued compliance will be checked twice a year.
What’s in it for customers?
This award means you can rest assured any building you buy from us complies in full with the law, and the most stringent building standards, this gives you quality to an assured standard, but also that you can expect a longer lifespan of the building, given the superior build quality and the rigorous testing involved.
The catalyst for the CE marking was bought in because of some buildings being built that were not fit for purpose and resulted buildings collapsing. This standard brings steel manufacturers to build to a set standard.
Now you can have absolute peace of mind that you are buying a quality product you know is more than fit for purpose.
About our steel buildings
You can find out more about the buildings we erect here: