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.
What 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:
- Heat 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.