The Construction Products Regulation
The Construction Products Regulation came into effect in 2011, as a major part of the European Union’s policy towards enabling and supporting the free circulation of construction products in the EU’s Single Market. The aim of the CPR is:
- to lay down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU;
- to provides a common technical language to assess the performance of construction products
- to ensures reliable information is available to professionals, public authorities, and consumers, so they can compare the performance of products from different manufacturers in different countries
When the CPR came into force it became mandatory for manufacturers of construction products covered by a harmonised European (hEN) standard or a European Technical Assessment (ETA) to draw up a Declaration of Performance in order to affix the CE mark to their products.
How is that relevant to BIM?
If a construction product is covered by a harmonised standard the manufacturer is required to keep to the methods for assessment and testing outlined in the harmonised standard. The only recognised third party carrying out the assessment of performance of construction products are called notified bodies. Notified bodies are designated by EU countries. The European Commission ensures the co-operation between Notified Bodies.
In the Declaration of Performance the product’s performance is to be declared in relation to the essential products characteristics tested according to the methods outlined in the harmonised standard. These essential characteristics are specified in Annex ZA to the standard.
In regulating how construction product characteristics and their test methods are declared, the CPR creates a common technical language that is based on already harmonised set of rules and enables the reliable transfer of information across borders. This common technical language is an essential step for BIM in the way it is commonly understood as the process of digitising the construction industry through collaboration and seamless information exchange.
This common technical language – based on standards lies at the center of the (Data Dictionary and) Product Data Template methodology. It is crucial to use such a language in order to create common data structures that can transfer data to any system as well as any language and any border.
Read more about the Product Data Template here.
What is REACH?
The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals is a regulation posed by the European Union that entered into force on 1st of June 2007. It aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from chemical threats by promoting alternative substances and better risk awareness among workers.
coBuilder Collaborate (previously ProductXchange) is designed to support REACH, helping you comply with national and European regulations by monitoring all use of products and chemicals in your projects.
You can now easily manage the use of conflict materials on your projects and seamlessly find suitable substitutions, through Risk Management tools, built in the product.
The product Safety Data Sheets will be delivered automatically, making sure your employees are aware of all safety precautions as you are required to do so by law. All Chemical information is available on several languages, so all the workers can understand.
This allows the actors in the supply chain to make knowledgeable decisions, reduces the risks, improves the communication up and down the supply chain and saves you resources in the meantime.
coBuilder Collaborate’s features include:
Automated Safety Data Sheets delivery
Risk Management tools
REACH compliance management tools
Easy-to-learn interface to get you started right away
…many, many more.
What is BREEAM?
With over two decades of history, BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the world’s first and leading assessment method for sustainable buildings. BREEAM is an indicator for best practice within the construction industry, ensuring each building protects and exists within the earth’s natural limits, resources and biodiversity.
The BREEAM philosophy does not only cover the environmental level, it also awards buildings that are economically efficient, operating at low levels of sustainability-related risk and creating value through innovative cost-reducing approaches. At the societal level BREEAM assesses whether a building meets the requirements of its occupants and allows them to live and flourish without creating hazards to their health and safety.
By issuing certificates, BREEAM has created a framework for individuals, organizations, governments to become progressive leaders in the built environment where everybody is aware of the sustainable performance of each building at any stage of its life. BREEAM Schemes cover:
Buildings in use
Why is BREEAM compliance important for your business?
It is an established means of getting market recognition for the low environmental impact of buildings
It is your way of communicating to each actor within the supply chain that you are specifying, installing, producing and managing products according to the best environmental practice.
inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimize the environmental impact
BREEAM is a yardstick that goes above and beyond legal requirements
Is a tool scientifically proven to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments
BREEAM is a standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organizational environmental objectives
How does coBuilder help you get BREEAM certified?
coBuilder’s coBuilder Collaborate software incorporates a number of tools allowing you to strictly control the use of products and substances. By adding a BREEAM filter to the platform you can restrict any material usage that can jeopardize your project’s certification, thus, ensuring you built highly energy efficient buildings with premium market value.
The coBuilder Collaborate system is a comprehensive tool that serves as a hub for all product and substance data, storing information from players up and down the supply chain. By using the system you gain a complete control over the product usage in your project.
BREEAM promoting sustainable building across the globe
One of the reasons BREEAM certification and compliance is important for the future of the industry is that BREEAM has a special mechanism of developing country-specific BREEAM Schemes. They are adapted to the local social, cultural, climatic etc. conditions, translated in the local language with local assessors and aligned with the country’s building regulations. By adapting the BREEAM UK, European or International schemes to the local context and by interpreting the BREEAM Core Technical Standard for the local context. Being prominently represented in the UK, BREEAM is already the preferred scheme for a number of other national Green Building Councils across Europe, including the Netherlands, Norway, Germany and others.
BREEAM Facts and figures
1000’s of completed projects
In over 60 countries
Nearly 3000 trained professional assessors worldwide
425,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings
2M registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990
Information source: http://www.breeam.org/