General framework

The CPR (EU) No 305/2011/EU was adopted on 9 March 2011. CPR is replacing the CPD 89/106/EEC and laying down harmonized conditions for the construction products market. The full legislation relating to manufacturers, importers and distributors came into force on 1 July 2013.

According to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) "construction product" means any product or kit which is produced and placed on the market for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works (buildings and civil engineering works) or parts thereof and the performance of which has an effect on the performance of the construction works with respect to the basic requirements for construction works.

Most of HVAC products are used in buildings, in order to provide healthy and comfortable indoor environment without wasting energy. Therefore, HVAC products can generally speaking be regarded as construction products.

According to the Regulation, construction products are subject to obligatory CE marking, which means that CE marking is affixed to construction products for which the manufacturer has drawn up a declaration of performance (DoP) and thus taking a responsibility for the conformity of the product.

However, in order to be able to declare the product conformity, the product must be assessed according to the harmonized European Standard (generally) or European Technical Assessment.

Basic requirements for construction work

Basic requirements for construction work

According to Annex I of the CPR, “Construction works as a whole and in their separate parts must be fit for their intended use, taking into account in particular the health and safety of persons involved throughout the life cycle of the works. Subject to normal maintenance, construction works must satisfy these basic requirements for construction works for an economically reasonable working life.”

The basic requirements are otherwise the same as in the replaced CPD, but a new requirement on sustainability has been introduced as such:

   1. Mechanical resistance and stability

    2. Safety in case of fire

    3. Hygiene, health and the environment

    4. Safety and accessibility in use

    5. Protection against noise

    6. Energy economy and heat retention

    7. Sustainable use of natural resources

Harmonised technical specifications

Harmonised technical specifications

Harmonised European standards provide a technical basis to assess the performance of the construction products. They define a common technical language used by all actors in the construction sector to:

 1. define requirements (regulatory authorities in EU countries);

 2. declare the product’s performance (manufacturers);

 3. verify compliance with requirements and demands (design engineers, contractors).

Harmonized European standards on construction products are developed by technical experts from the European Standardization Organizations (CEN/CENELEC). The Technical Committees of CEN and CENELEC are working on completing the necessary set of harmonised European standards and test standards, and further improving existing ones.

Find the products covered by the harmonised standards under CPR here.

Latest updates on EPB standards

REHVA is cooperating closely with EPB Center on the European Standards and standardization. Check out the REHVA activities page here and find out the latest updates on EPB standards.

Product contacts for constructors

Product contacts for constructors

Under the Construction Products Regulation (Art. 10) Member States shall give information on rules and regulations for construction products. 

Full list of product contact points for construction is available here.

Review of the CPR

Review of the CPR

According to the implementation report from July 2016, the Commission announced within the Communication of the Clean Energy for all Europeans  a possible revision of the Construction Products Regulation in November 2016.

This implementation report served as a basic for the evaluation and an impact assessment to decide if CPR has to be revised in the future or repealed. In October 2017, the consultation strategy on the impact assessment report has been published.

In 2018, the latest roadmap for the implementation of the CPR regulation has been launched to showcase an overview on the tasks which the Commission intends to undertake for the implementation of the CPR. At the same time, it allows the Commission to adopt legal acts to implement or complement the CPR regulation.

The final supporting study for the review of the CPR regulation-evaluation is available here.

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