Basic Work Requirement 7 in the Context of Existing Regulation

Position Paper

Published: 14/10/2013

The EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which entered into force on 1 July 2013, sets the provisions for CE marking of building products. The CE mark provides proof that a product will enable the finished construction works to comply with the European requirements regarding mechanical stability, safety, energy efficiency, etc.

Not all CPR provisions are in place yet. Among them is the Basic Work Requirement No. 7 (BWR7) which regards the sustainable use of natural resources in the design and construction of a building. In order to limit the workload for product manufacturers, it would be desirable to harmonise the aspects under BWR7 with existing legislation, to avoid contradictions, ambiguities and unnecessary administrative procedures.

This position paper, written by Ecofys by order of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, provides the scope for developing the BWR7 taking into respect relevant EU and construction related instruments and programs. The purpose is to provide input for the discussion about the route for developing and implementing the BWR7 in Europe.

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Jeroen Scheepmaker
Sustainable Industries and Services