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AVOIDING PROBLEMS WITH BS EN 1090 What building services engineers should know


Steve Rees, Sales Director at Armstrong Fluid Technology, answers quesons on the BS EN 1090 Regulaons and their implicaons for building services engineers.

What is BS EN 1090?

BS EN 1090 dictates requirements for CE marking for the

‘Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures’. It focuses on fabricated structural steel that is designed to be load bearing and permanent. It requires that the supply chain must have compliance, and it is mandatory for

manufacturers (as well as some steel stockholders and distributors) throughout the European Economic Area.


I’m a building services engineer. Why does BS EN 1090

matter to me? At first sight the

legislation appears to relate to the fabric of the building rather than its services. The extremely broad remit of the

legislation, however, means that many building services projects (for both new build and refurb) fall within its remit. If you look at the list of equipment that comes under the umbrella of the legislation, it becomes obvious that many of the common components of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems need to comply.


uAll Armstrong products requiring cerflcaon, including packaged plant rooms and iFMS (integrated fiuid management systems – pictured here), are compliant with BS EN 1090.

When does it become law?

It is already in place! BS EN 1090 became law in July 2014 but, despite the fact that it is has been enforceable for four years, only about 25% of the 10,000 or so businesses estimated to require compliance are actually certified. This represents a huge business risk for anyone

specifying, buying, installing and working with products and systems involving steel structures as part of building refurbishments.


So what problems do I face if I specify or install equipment

that does not have BS EN 1090 compliance?

If you don’t appoint a certified sub-contract company to issue a Certificate of Conformity and Declaration:

a) You will be in breach of Building Regulations and NHBS requirements b) You could cause the project to be refused building insurance

c) You could find yourself in a breach of contract with your client, leaving yourself at risk of non-payment d) You put yourself at risk of a major non-conformance and the withdrawal of certification in relation to ISO 9001

e) You are more vulnerable to contractual disputes, and the risk that the project cannot be handed over f) You risk prosecution and the associated damage to reputation from bad publicity


Why I am only hearing about this legislation now,

if it has been the law since 2014?

The relevance of BS EN 1090 to HVAC projects has been widely underestimated across the industry. A major factor is that many companies simply do not understand how far- reaching these legal requirements are. The range of products that fall under this heading is extensive, going way beyond the steel used in the fabric of the building itself.

Another factor might be that many of the companies requiring certification are under the misapprehension that, as a European

regulation, this will somehow disappear with Brexit. This is not the case.

There are no plans to replace CE labelling as a proven way of attaining and maintaining quality and safety standards. BS EN 1090 is here to stay, and there are real risks involved for the HVAC industry (and indeed the wider construction industry) if its importance continues to be underestimated. Immediate action is needed to ensure that businesses are not risking


commercial or contractual problems in the future, and are protected from legal prosecutions in the event of purchasing from non- certified suppliers.



How can I tell

whether a potential supplier has


You can check if a potential supplier has compliance by

contacting BSI. Alternatively, the 1090 Register has been set up to provide a voluntary database of compliant suppliers. You can find details at

Does Armstrong Fluid Technology have BS EN 1090


BS EN 1090 does not apply to all of our portfolio, but there are certain products and systems that are covered by it. To ensure that we can offer complete compliance to our customers we have worked our way through the various requirements of the standard and are pleased to advise that we are fully certificated to BS EN 1090 by BSI. This means that all Armstrong products requiring certification, including our packaged plant rooms and iFMS (integrated fluid management systems), are completely compliant. As a word of warning though, we are aware that a number of HVAC suppliers do not have this level of certification. So we felt that it was important to flag up to all buyers and specifiers that it cannot be assumed that this specific area of compliance is in place across the board.

Our advice is to ask the

relevant questions before entering into discussions with suppliers, and especially before entering into any contractual arrangements. If you are told by a non- compliant supplier that the products or systems you are purchasing do not fall within the remit of BS EN 1090, it would be a sensible

precaution to double-check.

voluntary database of compliant suppliers) at For details of Armstrong’s EN 1090 compliant products and systems email sales@ or tel. 08444 145 145.


Where can I find further information?

Visit the 1090 Register’s website (which includes a

uThe legislaon appears to relate to the fabric of the building rather than its services. But the broad remit of the legislaon means that many building services projects (for both new build and refurb) fall within its remit.

About the BS EN 1090 National Register


he National Register has been established to identify companies that have made the commitment to be legally compliant to BS EN 1090-1:2009+A1:2011. It is the only national register unaffiliated to any trade association or Notified Body available to manufacturers within the United Kingdom.

The National Register allows certified

companies to promote their compliance with the standard and be recognised as a legally

compliant manufacturer or distributor.

The National Register ONLY accepts registration of manufacturers on verification of certification by a UKAS accredited Notified Body.

The National Register is FREE to search by Main Contractors, Builders and Designers allowing potential new clients to identify certified manufacturers by numerous search options including Company Information, Location, Type of Manufacture or Execution Class.


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