GfE: Reinforcing the single market and driving sustainability in construction

GfE: Reinforcing the single market and driving sustainability in construction
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Date: 25 August 2020

By improving its functioning and effectiveness, the CPR (Construction Products Regulation) has the potential to become a driver of sustainability in the building sector and will eventually complete the single market.

The European flat glass industry has always been a strong supporter of the harmonisation of the single market for construction products. Glass for Europe believes that by improving its functioning and effectiveness, the CPR (Construction Products Regulation) has the potential to become a driver of sustainability in the building sector and will eventually complete the single market.

In a position paper released yesterday, the European Association of Flat Glass Manufacturers and Transformers has identified four success factors for a future revision of the CPR:

  1. Reinforce the CPR’s single market principles and stay away from a renationalisation of standardisation procedures.
  2. Maintain the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) as the hub for the development of harmonised standards and improve guidance.
  3. Simplify burdensome procedures with limited added value.
  4. Utilize the CPR as a driver of sustainability in the construction sector.

Glass for Europe provided more details on how to improve the CPR in its answer to the public “Consultation on Future Options for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)”. To Glass for Europe, improving the current system does not necessarily requires a revision of the CPR which would take several years. As a matter of fact, the industry cannot afford to wait several years before being allowed to update the technical content of the standards, to publish new ones and to CE-mark products according to these new standards.

Read the Glass for Europe’s position paper “Strengthening the Construction Products Regulation for greater efficiency and sustainability”

Read the answer to the “Consultation on Future Options for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)”

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