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.

Safer Cable Products

CPR assesses cables based on their performance during a fire. Many cables cause fire to expand; produce dense, toxic and corrosive fumes; and produce flaming droplets. These characteristics can be harmful to people and the environment. With the new CPR rules, however, distributors, architects, engineers, consultants, systems integrators, installers and building owners will know how cable responds in a fire. You’ll also be able to compare this information between manufacturers to see which cable offers better performance.

Similar Language Used by All Parties

With one common technical language used to talk about cables and their reaction to fire, we can expect similar language when:

  • Manufacturers declare product performance
  • Authorities of member states specify requirements
  • Architects, engineers and constructors choose suitable products for construction projects

This will help minimize confusion and reduce the amount of misleading information in the industry.

Products Are Evaluated Equally

Because uniform assessment methods are used by the CPR to gauge performance of construction products, it will be easier for Installers, Consultants, Contractors and Integrators to make accurate comparisons between  cables.

When all cabling products are assessed based on the same criteria, it becomes simpler to specify and select the product that offers the criteria you are looking for. If products do not comply with appropriate testing, they will no longer be allowed for permanent installation in European buildings.

Countries will decide for themselves how CPR will be implemented in their construction standards or regulations. Since CPR only provides for a “common language” that Members States must use and does not in itself impose requirements on the level of fire performance according to the new Euroclasses, each country will decide what Euroclass performance will be required.

As this will lead to wide range of combinations of the new Euroclass parameters (Flame spread, smoke production, flaming droplets and acidity) in the different European countries, the Belden CPR Team is on standby for for everyone in the value chain to answer any CPR question they may have.

To learn more about what CPR rules may mean for you, read our previous blog here.

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