Timber is the only truly, fully sustainable building material. With a growing concern over the products we use in our lives, wood must play a leading role in the future. It is the eco friendly choice when considering which type of windows, doors or conservatory to go for.
With modern technology in glazing manufacture it is possible to purchase a product with fantastic thermal values, which comes from a sustainable source, which with minimum upkeep will last for many years.
The fact that quality joinery looks so good is just a bonus.
The CE mark is a claim that a particular construction product can be legally placed on the market of members states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and is based on the principle that the product specification, and therefore, the product is “fit for purpose”.
Under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which has superseded the Construction Products Directive (CPD), as the main legal instrument affecting the European construction industry, there exists a legal obligation for manufacturers to provide proof of their products “fitness for purpose”.
A Guidance Note on the Construction Products Regulation produced by the Construction Products Association, British Board of Agrément, British Standards Institution and FBE Management Limited in consultation with the Trading Standards Institute can be found here.
The CE Mark provides proof of this “fitness for purpose” and the manufacturer affixing the CE mark shows that the construction product will enable the finished construction works such as a home or school to comply with the Construction Products Regulation requirements (called Basic Works Requirements) of:
- Mechanical resistance and stability
- Safety in case of fire
- Hygiene, health and environment
- Safety & accessibility in use
- Protection against noise
- Energy economy and heat retention
- Sustainable use of natural resources
Member states of the EEA are legally obliged to take all necessary measures to ensure that the construction products placed on the market and put into service will allow the finished structure to comply with these seven Basic Works Requirements “when the product is properly installed, maintained and used for its intended purpose”. CE marking provides this proof.
The aim of the CPR is to remove technical barriers to trade between European Member States for all construction products intended for “permanent incorporation in buildings and civil engineering works”. By technical barriers is meant the multitude of national standards existing within individual European countries each of which references different test methods. Under the CPR new European test methods and the means of measuring these, have been developed and accepted by all countries in the EEA.
In summary, CE marking is a passport that enables a construction product, irrespective of its origin, to be legally placed on the market of EEA member states. It means that a construction product meets certain minimum standards for health, safety and economy of energy. It is NOT a quality mark. The difference between a quality mark and the CE mark is that the certification system upon which quality marks operate is determined by the legal owner of that quality mark e.g. BSI, whereas the CE mark represents a common approach to conformity that is recognised in all countries making up the EEA.