A Spanish-Norwegian Consortium supported by a large group of industry stakeholders will conduct a feasibility study on an EU database defined in the future Regulation for construction products. The objective is to define a system for a digital product passport considering the need of digital information from regulators, manufacturers and other actors in the construction value chain.
The consortium of Cobuilder, TECNALIA and UNE won a tender which should deliver a technical assessment for different solutions of an EU database or system for construction products to the European Commission. This system is envisioned in the revision to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), currently under development.
The expected changes will have both a practical and legal impact for the construction industry, such as the possible implementation of Construction Digital Product Passports and detailed documentation of environmental data.
“The revised CPR aims to make the construction industry contribute to the digital and green transition and promote efficiency in the value chain,” says Aitor Aragón, responsible for Sustainable construction and BIM at the Spanish Association of Standardization (UNE), one of the consortium participants.
A first step will be to decide on the future data infrastructure to support the changes needed. This is where the set-up of an EU database for construction products becomes important for the EU market and the member states. The goal is to ensure that all stakeholders in the industry across different geographies share the data of construction products in a common standardised way.
“We need to understand and decide how product data should be structured, shared and managed on a cross-industry level. The reason why we haven’t succeeded with this earlier is the fragmented nature of the construction industry and its complexity. The push and sense of urgency now coming with the European Green Deal and the need for digitalisation, will definitively take us to the next level,” says Lars Chr. Fredenlund, CEO of Norwegian tech company Cobuilder.
Lars Chr. Fredenlund, at the buildingSMART International Standards Summit in Lillestrøm, Norway