Ordering and Delivery

How do I order your products?
To order any Steadmans product call our Sales Office on 01697 478 277. Alternatively, fax your requirements 01697 478 530, or email them to info@steadmans.co.uk. In Scotland, contact our Uddingston office (Tel: 01506 437753, Fax: 01506 440716) and in Northern Ireland & Ireland contact our office in Banbridge, County Down (Tel: 028406 60516, Fax: 028406 60517).

If you want advice before placing your order, please call our Technical Department on 01697 478 277 or email support@steadmans.co.uk.

How are Steadmans products delivered to site?
Where possible we deliver using our fleet of self-offload articulated vehicles. Deliveries are arranged on a weekly schedule, but we can make arrangements to special deliveries.
Do you offer factory tours?
Visitors are always welcome to our Warnell site in Cumbria. Please contact our Sales Office to make an appointment (tel. 01697 478 277, or email info@steadmans.co.uk)

Composite Panels

I have a building clad with Steadmans AS35 composite panels, my insurer would like to know if it is PUR or PIR?
PIR has a better fire performance than PUR: it is resistant to higher temperatures and, when exposed to flame, forms a surface char which slows the development of fire. Since November 2004 all Steadmans AS35 panels have a PIR core, prior to that date panels had a PUR core. If you can supply the name of the company or person to which a panel order was invoiced and the delivery date, we will be able to advise on the type panel core material.
Are Steadmans composite panels LPCB certified?
Yes. Our panels have been tested by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to LPCB 1181: Part 1: Issue 1: 2003. Requirements and tests for built-up cladding and sandwich panel systems for use as the external envelope of buildings.

AS35 Firefighter wall panels achieved grade EXT-A15, whilst AS35 Firefighter Plus panels achieved grade EXT-A30. Further details of fire performance and associated design guidance are available in the AS35 section of the web site.

The LPCB sets standards and carries out testing on behalf of the British insurance industry: it has recently been acquired by the BRE.

What panel thickness do I require to meet the thermal performance requirements of Part L2A (England and Wales), Section 6 (Scotland) or Part F2 (Northern Ireland)?
The 2006 revision of Part L in England and Wales removed the elemental method of demonstrating compliance, replacing it with a whole building approach based on the SBEM methodology (Simplified Building Energy Method) Section 6 of the Scottish Building Standards was revised to similar effect in May 2007, as was Part F2 of the Northern Ireland building regulations.

There are still maximum permitted average U-values: roofs for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland must not exceed 0.25 W/m²K, walls must not exceed 0.35 W/m²K in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, or 0.30 W/m²K in Scotland. However, a building designed to those values is unlikely to comply with the Target Carbon Dioxide Emission Rate. As a rule of thumb, naturally ventilated buildings will require wall U-values to be 0.27 or lower and roofs should be no higher than 0.23.

An 60 mm thick AS35 panel will give a U-value of 0.30 W/m²K, an 80 mm thick panel 0.23 W/m²K and a 100 mm thick panel 0.19 W/m²K.

Building Regulations

In order to comply with the CO2 emission standards of the Part L2A (in Scotland, section 6, and Northern Ireland Part F2) a new building which is naturally ventilated has to produce 23.5% less emissions than one built to the 2002 standards. Can I achieve that reduction simply by cutting the building’s U-values by 23.5%.
Because SBEM assesses whole building performance simply reducing the rate of fabric heat loss will not be enough to achieve that saving. Besides lowering U-values you should address air leakage, reduce thermal bridging and improve the efficiency of building services. Also, you should consider using low or zero carbon technologies for heating and electricity generation.