Kiwa BDA offer a summary of LABC (Local Authority Building Control) advice to Building Control Inspectors about dealing with Building Regulation Applications prior to the EU Referendum
With the EU Referendum vote just weeks away, what information do we need to be doing while we are still part of the part of the European Community?
Whilst a vote on whether we are in or out is now just a few weeks away, there are things that we need to be doing now as part of the European Community.
Since July 2013, when the Construction Products Regulation became mandatory, manufacturers and designers looking to sell their product(s) in the UK have been able to procure testing by Notified Bodies and/or accredited test houses from anywhere in the EU.
So if Building Control Inspectors are insisting
they may themselves may be acting as a barrier to trade and risk investigation by Trading Standards.
Under the CPR, a construction product has to be CE marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Performance if it is to be placed on the market in the European Economic Area and where it is covered by
The scope of the CPR and associated CE marking is limited to product characteristics for which there are national provisions relating to the products’ use under the following headings:
Interestingly the Scottish Building Regulations are already set out like this and the LABC’s Registered Details are now configured around the assessment of these key factors. National provisions relating to these issues vary between EU Member States and so, although a product may be CE marked, it still may not be suitable for particular applications or for use within some Member States and it is for Building Control to determine its compliance.
Always make sure they have a translated document(s) issued by a Notified Body/Test House.
For CE marked products or those with an ETA.
Most of the “traditional” building products have a hEN in place already but there are also a range of ETA’s for newer construction. For instance ETA23 relates to prefabricated building units and ETA4 relates to External Wall Insulation. Building Control Inspectors need to cross reference the Declaration of Performance with the relevant parts of the Approved Documents to ensure the product is fit for purpose.
The intention is that there will ultimately be Product Standards in place for all construction materials. Until that happens manufacturers will have to:
While manufacturers do not need to declare performance for every characteristic of a construction product, they do need to do so for those characteristics for which there are provisions (i.e. regulations or technical rules) in relation to the intended use or uses in the Member States where the manufacturer intends the product to be made available on the market.
Products manufactured outside the EU will need the relevant EN testing to be carried out even though they may have some form of testing undertaken within the manufacturing country. If the testing is to an ISO standard then this is also acceptable as evidence of compliance.
Documentation is required that effectively combines the interpretation of legislative compliance within the member state and dovetails with the product testing, third party accreditation and quality assurance.
LABC Registered Details are assessed in this format and the results listed on the Certificate itself, more information can be found in the Briefing Notes prepared by the research authority.
A Registered Detail is often underpinned by a Building Agrément which in itself pulls together testing, inspection and approvals details on the product or system in a primary source document that incorporates local building regulations.
All Member States will have product contact points for construction and, in due course, the Commission intends to provide a central point of access to them all.
This is an edited version of a source document from the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) and is reproduced in the current format with the kind permission of the LABC (Local Authority Building Control).
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