From CPD to CPR – from directive to regulation
The new European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) enters into force on 1 July 2013, replacing the previous Construction Products Directive (CPD). The transition from directive to regulation means that the regulation will become legally binding in all EU countries, whereas the directive had to be implemented via national legislation, with the result that the approach to CE-marking and marketing for construction products within the EU has not been uniform to date. The change also means that as of 1 July 2013 CE-marking will be compulsory in countries that have previously chosen to view CE-marking under the Construction Products Directive as a voluntary initiative. All member states are to establish CPR contact points (by July 1st 2013) which provide free advice regarding national technical rules for construction products.
Go to the list of member state contact points.
The Construction Products Regulation is based on the six product requirements from the Construction Products Directive, and also contains a seventh requirement regarding sustainability. The seven construction product requirements are:
- Mechanical resistance and stability, i.e. ensuring the building will not collapse or suffer deformation or damage.
- Safety in case of fire, i.e. maintaining load-bearing capacity for a specified period of time during fire, limiting the generation and spread of fire and smoke, and facilities for evacuation, rescue and fire fighting.
- Hygiene, health and the environment, i.e. the the emission of toxic gases, chemicals or radiation into indoor air, drinking water or waste water, and dampness inside the building.
- Safety and accessibility in use, e.g. minimising accidents or damage during use of the building, falling and electrocution and taking into consideration accessibility and use for disabled persons.
- Protection against noise, i.e. preventing noise inside and outside the building which can impact on health, sleep, rest or work.
- Energy economy and heat retention, i.e. reducing energy consumption for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation.
- Sustainability, i.e. the construction works must be designed, built and demolished in such a way that the use of natural resources is sustainable, and in particular ensure the following:
- reuse or recyclability of the construction works, their materials
and parts after demolition
- durability of the construction works
- use of environmentally compatible raw and secondary materials
in the construction works.