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?
The recent Smart CE marking initiative, led by Construction Products Europe (CPE), has come to address the need to expand and promote the use of harmonised product standards in digital construction. The Smart CE marking initiative puts forward the notion, also supported by the ongoing work by CEN (see above), that data regarding the characteristics that qualify and quantify a product is already available in harmonised product standards. This creates a huge amount of standardised content about construction products that can be aligned with further data standardisation initiatives in order to ensure the use of a common technical language and standardised product data in BIM. This combination will allow all users to exploit the data manufacturers provide to the fullest potential.
The Smart CE marking initiative in itself aims to get aligned with the ongoing standardisation in relation to digitisation processes in the construction industry.
To unify these efforts, the standardisation bodies are currently working on a new standard WI=00442035 that will provide guidelines on how Data Templates should be specifically created based on harmonised standards and European Assessment Documents (EAD), using the common European technical language already existing in the harmonised technical specifications, and in normative references. This common technical language should be the foundation when creating a digital terminology for the European construction industry. In this way the Data template will become the link between harmonised standards and an open European data dictionary, which will allow for manufacturers to supply their data for digital use.