The Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
Construction is an important sector for adhesives and sealants and represented almost 30% of the total turnover of the industry in 2018 (Smithers). The building sector has the potential to deliver significant energy efficiency improvements. The adhesives and sealants industry, for instance, contributes to increased insulation potential in buildings in line with the EU Renovation Wave.
FEICA is actively following the review of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). The CPR lays down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU. As a result, several positions were published:
- Joint Statement - FEICA and Deutsche Bauchemie Detailed Statement on Commission Proposal for a Revision of the CPR (2022)
- FEICA Press Release - FEICA hosts webinar providing an overview of the sustainability benefits of adhesives and sealants to the construction industry (2022). See details of the webinar held on 24 May 2022 under 'events' below
- FEICA Position Paper on the revision of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) (2022)
- European Coatings Journal article - Harmonised Rules: Review of the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR) (2021)
- Joint Press Release - EU Industrial Strategy: the construction value chain stands ready to define a pathway for transition to achieve EU goals (2021)
- FEICA position on the European Commission initiative of substantiating Green Claims (2021)
- Defining the FEICA position in the context of the EU Commission initiative of substantiating green claims (2021)
- FEICA Position Paper on a recommendation on the use of a numbering system for the essential characteristics in EN 15651 within CE marking (2020)
- FEICA position on the review of the Construction Products Regulation (2020)
- FEICA’s input to the European Commission plan to initiate a Renovation Wave (2020)
Recent legislative initiatives, such as the EU Green Deal, cover the construction sector with specific provisions, addressing all levels, from entire buildings to construction elements, and to the materials used for their production and installation. Adhesives and sealants (A&S) contribute to the transition pathway for a more resilient, green and digital construction ecosystem in many ways. Depending on the application, our industry's products contribute to the durability of the building, the reduction of the building's CO2 emission, and to the comfort of living. They can bond any substrates together and therefore enable the use of sustainable materials contributing to the renovation of the building.
Further information on the ways that A&S contribute to the transition pathway for a more resilient, greener and digital construction ecosystem were explored in a dedicated FEICA study:
- Adhesives and sealants’ key sustainability role in the transition pathway for the construction ecosystem (FEICA members only)
- Summary report
Examples of good practice in the use of adhesives and sealants in construction can be found via the FEICA Good Practice Stories.
European Model Environmental Product Declarations (Model EPDs)
To ensure the communication of the environmental performance or impact of our products, we have developed sector Environmental Product Declarations. More information is available via the dedicated EPD page.
These are the proceedings of the FEICA webinar, which took place on 24 May 2022.
The key takeaways were:
- The energy efficiency of buildings is a key element of a climate neutral European Union. Adhesives and sealants are integral to thermal insulation and decarbonised heating solutions.
- Material efficiency addresses the (carbon) footprint embodied in construction materials themselves and the quantities of future demolition waste. Adhesives and sealants support weight reduction and the use of lower footprint construction materials. During the use phase of a building, adhesives and sealants facilitate maintenance, repair and renovation functions.
- When construction elements or entire buildings reach their end-of-life, multiple approaches exist for reuse and recycling. With the right design, adhesives and sealants applications can enable circularity at the end-of-life.
You can download a summary of FEICA’s report 'Adhesives and sealants’ key sustainability role in the transition pathway for the construction ecosystem'.
The full report is available for FEICA Members only.
You can watch the recording of the webinar here.
These are the proceedings of the FEICA webinar, which took place on 25 February 2021.
The Construction Products Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011 (CPR) lays down conditions for the placing or making available of construction products on the market by establishing harmonised rules for the marketing of these products in the European Union. It aims to ensure that reliable information is available to professional users, planners and architects and public authorities and consumers in a common European language.
FEICA raises awareness about this legislative package within the adhesives and sealants industry.