EU legislation requires that construction works are designed and carried out in a manner that does not endanger the safety of persons, property or the environment. Such legislation inevitably has an impact on the requirements of the products used during construction. EU Directive 305/2011/EC, the Construction Products Regulation, and EU Directive 89/106/EEC, the Construction Products Directive set out the assessment methods for testing the performance of construction material to ensure their safety. (The CPR came into force in March 2011. However, the main parts of it will apply from 1 July 2013 and so until then the EU Directive 89/106/EEC remains in application).
According to the CPR and CPD Directives the term Construction Products includes any product which is produced for incorporation, in a permanent manner, in construction works, including both buildings and civil engineering works.
The CPR sets out the conditions for CE marking of construction products, which demonstrates that a product has been assessed against a harmonised European standard, and should therefore be accepted onto the market anywhere in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Manufacturers of construction products are obliged to conform to the requirements of the appropriate harmonized standard.
TÜV CYPRUS in collaboration with TÜV HELLAS and well known laboratories of central Europe, provides inspection and certification services for many construction products requiring CE marking under 305/2011/EC and 89/106/EEC, for example:
- Factory made thermal insulating products,
- bituminous mixtures,
- bitumen emulsions,
- masonry mortar,
- building lime,
- concrete admixtures,
- wood products,
- fire fighting systems,
- fire detection and alarm components,
- masonry units,
- structural steels, and
- lighting columns etc.