It’s Official: CPR Rules are Now in Effect!


It’s July 1 – do you know what that means? (Other than the fact that we’re officially halfway through 2017?!) All aspects of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) are now in full effect – the grace period is over! Beginning today, all construction products used in European buildings or civil engineering works must comply with these rules.

Implemented by the European Commission (EC), CPR defines rules that all parties in the construction industry must follow when it comes to describing products, in order that there is a common understanding across the EU. If construction products (including cabling for fixed installations) are not tested and certified following the CPR rules, they cannot be installed in European buildings or civil engineering works.

CPR rules were implemented to help:

  • Eliminate technical barriers among European Union member states when referencing products in buildings and civil works
  • Standardize test methods being used within individual European countries
  • Provide a classification system to reflect product performance in real-life environments
  • Ensure the use of similar language when describing product performance, specifying product requirements or selecting a product
  • Improve safety by understanding how the cable product you select will react in a fire

All products regulated by the CPR rules require three things:

  • Euroclass rating, which indicates a cable’s performance during a fire
  • CE marking to indicate legitimacy
  • Declaration of Performance, which provides detailed information about product performance

To prepare for this major change, Belden has been working behind the scenes for years to make sure its cabling products are ready for use. Belden has an extensive range of cables that have been tested and then certified by a third-party notified body in order to comply with the new CPR standards.

To review CPR status for the Belden products you need, or to generate your Declaration of Performance certificate, visit our online generator.

Remember, if cabling will be installed into a European fixed installation or building, it now needs to be CPR rated. If you have any questions about the CPR requirements, or want to know how to find CPR-rated cabling products, contact Belden at cprinfo@belden.com or visit http://info.belden.com/cpr.

 

July 1 is Getting Closer – Are You Getting Ready for CPR Rules?

 

Are you ready? There are less than three months left before European buildings and civil engineering works must follow the newly implemented CPR rules. Created by the European Commission, these rules call for construction products – including cabling for fixed installations – to be tested and certified.

Although the rules took effect for cables nearly a year ago (on June 10, 2016), there has been a grace period for compliance. Consultants, integrators, end-users, distributors, manufacturers, specifiers, builders, designers and building owners are all getting ready for the end of the grace period on July 1, 2017.

Adoption by Each Member State

Even though the new CPR rules will have to be applied without differences of interpretation by each member state, any decision on which Euroclass to adopt for a particular application is a National matter and could vary between different Member States. As a result of this, CPR will be implemented differently in terms of Euroclass expectations from member state to member state. To allow everyone to obtain specific country level information, in each member state, a CPR contact point was established to track and provide this information.

To understand how each member state plans to handle these new guidelines, Belden reached out to each contact point and asked for a response. Although each of the member states follows current IEC regulations, similar patterns may not be seen with the implementation of CPR rules across member states. Sweden, for instance, currently adheres to very high IEC fire standard requirements. When it comes to CPR rules, however, Sweden is less stringent in its implementation of Euroclass standards that are part of the CPR rules.

Differences in CPR Implementation

As country feedback continues to be reported, we are noticing many differences across member states. For example, Belgium began work on the standard well before many other countries and is expected to be able to transition smoothly. Germany is another member state that has worked hard to apply stringent CPR rules. However, some other countries still need to provide feedback on how they plan to implement the CPR guidelines.

If you’re interested in learning more about CPR implementation for each member state, the plans can be requested by contacting the relevant National Country Body responsible for the implementation here.

How Belden is Preparing

Beyond building test apparatus and testing our cable, Belden has spent months investing in and preparing for the CPR rules and compliance audits by:

  • Putting measures into place to guarantee product-quality consistency
  • Implementing traceability to pinpoint where a product comes from and who produced it
  • Training staff members to execute product tests
  • Ensuring compliance with the appropriate standard

No matter what your role in construction products, Belden has put together resources and information to help you successfully comply with the new CPR requirements on July 1.

To learn more about the upcoming CPR rules, the quickly approaching end of the grace period or Belden’s preparations for CPR, visit http://info.belden.com/cpr.

 

CPR Rules On the Horizon: Learn How Belden is Preparing

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In late 2015, we first announced that new rules were being implemented by the European Commission (EC). These rules call for construction products – including cabling for fixed installations – to be tested and certified according to Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rules. If construction products haven’t gone through this testing and certification, they can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works.

Although the CPR rules came into effect on June 10, 2016, the industry was given a grace period to comply – but that grace period is about to come to an end on July 1, 2017. There are just a few months left before all European buildings and civil engineering works must follow CPR rules.

KV_Logo-European-CommWhat CPR Rules Call For

As stated by the EC, the reasons behind the CPR rules include:

  • Eliminating technical barriers (many different national
    standards that reference different test methods being
    used within individual European countries) between
    European Union member states for products used in
    buildings and civil works
  • Providing a classification system that reflects performance
    in a real-life environment

For wiring and cabling, the CPR rules apply to fixed installation cabling and currently measure reaction to fire only. The results of product testing and certification indicate how much a cable contributes to a fire and its harmful consequences, as well as how long a cable can continue to function adequately in a fire.

Analyzed in a simulated environment, each product is tested for flame spread, heat release, flaming droplets, smoke emission and corrosiveness of combustion gases. Product performance determines which Euroclass system it belongs to. The seven Euroclasses reflect real-life environments for building products based on reaction-to-fire performance.

Belden Prepares for CPR Rules

To make sure all Belden cabling products comply with necessary CPR rules, Belden has been working diligently.

By making investments in state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated resources, we’ve set up an in-house testing site in Venlo, The Netherlands, to measure Belden cabling product reaction to fire tests per EN 50399 standards, including:

  • Belden_CPR-Blog_Motiv2neuHeat release
  • Flame spread
  • Smoke production
  • Flaming droplets

Following a demanding test schedule, Belden cables will be tested by the end of March. By the end of May, these Belden products will be tested and certified to comply with CPR rules. Many cables are currently already being supplied to our customers in line with all CPR requirements.

We’ve also made back-office preparations to get ready to properly serve customers with all of their CPR responsibilities and requests. We’re adjusting:

  • Databases and online generators
  • Labeling, CE markings and cable printing
  • Part numbers and pricing

By conducting training, providing clear guidance/information on CPR and post product sales support to our partners, we are also making sure they’re prepared as well.

From end-users and consultants to systems integrators and distributors, Belden has the resources and knowledge to help you successfully comply with the new CPR requirements once the grace period has lapsed on July 1. To learn more, visit http://info.belden.com/cpr.

 

Blog # 4: Construction Products Regulation: What Does it Mean for You? – Part I

KV_Logo European CommWith new rules being implemented by the European Commission (EC), construction products – including cabling for fixed installations – can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works if they are not tested and certified according to the new Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rules.

Although this may seem like something that mainly affects cable manufacturers, it’s equally as important for specifiers, designers, builders and building owners, distributors and importers, as they all have new responsibilities once CPR becomes effective.

Blog #4 in our CPR blog series focuses on the CPR obligations of specifiers, designers, builders and building owners.

Since CPR does not only apply to cable manufacturers, it is important that the parties at the receiving end of the supply chain (end-users) also fully understand their roles in ensuring CPR compliance.

According to the new CPR rules, specifiers, designers, builders and building owners should refer to the harmonized technical specifications (specifically to the requirements of individual characteristics) when working with the project team to draw up specifications.

When choosing products for construction projects, end-users should review the Declaration of Conformity/Performance (DoP) from the manufacturer. They must also check national annexes or standard recommendations, which offer guidance about appropriate minimum product performance levels. Furthermore, compliance with any additional local building regulations should also be followed by end-users.

As an industry-leading cable manufacturer, Belden sees it as our responsibility to educate and support the complete value chain on specific CPR tasks. As CPR awareness increases in the European market, and understanding of the additional responsibilities that come with CPR are still limited, we are committed to working with everyone in the value chain, from end-users and consultants to systems integrators and distributors, to provide education and information about CPR requirements.

Please visit info.belden.com/cpr for more information.

Cabling Systems Get Ready for New CPR Rules

The EC’s Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rules apply to many construction products, including wire and cabling.

With these new rules from the European Commission (EC), construction products – including cabling – can no longer be used in European buildings if they are not tested and certified based on specific criteria. Read more »

CPR: A Major Change in How EU Construction Products are Sold

KV_Logo European CommThe construction industry is facing a significant transformation regarding how construction products are sold in Europe. New rules implemented by the European Commission (EC) call for products – including cables– to be tested and certified based on certain criteria before they are used in European buildings.

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rules ensure that the construction industry uses similar language to describe product information from manufacturers in different countries when referring to performance, specifying requirements or selecting products.

Here are a few examples of how the new CPR rules can bring positive change to the construction industry. Read more »

Construction Products Regulation: What is it?

With new rules being implemented by the European Commission (EC), construction products – including cabling for fixed installations – can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works if they are not tested and certified according to the new Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rules.

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The EC’s CPR rules ensure that distributors, consultants, systems integrators, installers and building owners now have reliable product information from different manufacturers in different countries. CPR provides one common language that manufacturers can use when talking about performance of their product. This same language will  also have to be used by architects, engineers, contractors and member states when specifying requirements and selecting products.

Replacing the Construction Products Directive (CPD), which was first published by the EC in 1989, CPR is already applicable for non-cable products since July 2013. The official CPR introduction for cables has officially come into force as of June 10, 2016 with the transition period ending on July. 1, 2017.

CPR combines the common technical language with an agreed system of Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance, a framework of Certified Notified Bodies and Mandatory CE Marking.

CPR provides a framework of potential assessment criteria in the following areas:

  1. Mechanical resistance and stability
  2. Safety in the case of fire
  3. Hygiene, health and the environment
  4. Safety in use
  5. Protection against noise
  6. Energy economy and heat retention

Cable product performance is covered in the 2nd requirement that focuses on fire safety ,which includes “Reaction to Fire” (How much  a cable contributes to a fire and its harmful  consequences) and “Resistance to Fire” (For how long a cable can continue to function in case of a fire). Initially CPR is only being implemented for cable performance related to “Reaction to fire.”

Cables will be evaluated based on their performance in a simulated installation, with simultaneous measurements of flame spread, heat release, flaming droplets, smoke emission and corrosivity of gases. They are then placed into the correct Euroclass system based on performance in the following areas: 

  • Flame spread
  • Smoke production
  • Burning falling particles (droplets)
  • Corrosiveness/acidity of combustion gases

For cable manufacturers CPR means that they need to have their cables tested according to the new requirements, provide a Declaration of Performance according to the new Euroclasses, affix a CE Marking to the product and periodically control production.

Although it may seem like CPR only applies to manufacturers, it’s equally as important for everyone in the construction industry to use and understand. Make sure to look out for the following Belden blogs that provide further details about CPR and will explain what CPR means for you. You can learn more about CPR at our dedicated micro-site.

The Key to Video Cable Performance



 



Belden Professional Video Cables and Connectors




Virtually all TV broadcasters around the world have gone digital. Even Hollywood has converted from film to digital images. While some of these cameras record the data on hard drives or SSD (solid-state drives),  at some point you’re going to send this data, those digital images, from Point A to Point B. If you want to carry the hard drive or SSD from place to place, that’s fine (so-called “sneaker net”) but it is time-consuming and inefficient. Why not put that signal on a cable to move it from place to place? That’s what most broadcasters do. And, while you could do this on fiber, converting from electrons to photons and back again at the other end, the economical and simple way is still over copper cable, most commonly coax cable.

1694A

The photo to the right is Belden 1694A, the world’s most popular video cable. It’s a good compromise between size, distance, and cost. It is easy to put on connectors, especially the one-piece compression connectors that Belden now offers. (Our current record is two connectors in 33 seconds.) And these connectors, and the 1694A cable, can carry virtually any video signal you might wish to use including analog, 4×3 digital (SD-SDI), high definition (HD-SDI) and even 3gig (1080p/50 or 1080p/60).

The only thing you have to consider is how far the cable can go. Here’s a chart showing the recommended distance for 1694A and all of our other digital cables. Read more »

HDBaseT to the Rescue!

Just in case full high-definition resolution isn’t enough, 4K is the next generation resolution that will deliver a whole new level of clarity at roughly four times the resolution of 1080p.   Despite limited 4K content currently available to consumers, Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic and others are already selling 4K TV sets and widespread adoption is eventually expected. An ABI Research report from last year expects 4K to surpass 10% of North American TV households by 2018.

HDBASET

4K covers two formats that are both supported in the HDMI 1.4 specification – 3840p X 2160p and 4096p X 2160p. While HDMI 1.4 supports 4K resolution, adds an audio channel that enables upstream audio connections, and can deliver 100 Mbps IP-based applications with an added Ethernet channel, there are some cabling and connectivity challenges to consider that include distance limitations, installation and testing.   HDBaseT resolves these issues.

What is HDBaseT? Read more »

Think Fibre Can’t Handle Extreme Temperatures? Think Again.

Fiber InstallationIn the world of broadcasting, we generally think of two different environments:

The indoor studio with sets and control rooms and the outside location where actual sporting and other events take place.

Inside the broadcasting studio, fibre is used to connect broadcasting equipment such as cameras, storage equipment, editing appliances and playout devices.

While there are always concerns in the studio about fibre being subjected to flexing, twisting and abrasion as it is coiled up on the floor, handled by multiple users or dragged across the studio from one filming area to the next, today’s heavy-duty rugged fibre optic cable is specifically designed to withstand these environments. And when it comes to temperature, the studio is considered a controlled environment that normally stays in the 20˚C to 26 ˚C room temperature range. But happens when we move outside? Read more »

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