The move towards sustainable construction is part of the EU’s shift towards a new industrial policy.

The recent Communication on competitiveness of the construction sector identified the sector’s main challenges up to 2020 in terms of investment, human capital, environmental requirements, regulation and access to markets.

The Communication prescribes the development of new European standards for sustainability criteria related to construction products and processes to accelerate the transition from research to market.

The European Commission has also prepared a Communication on Sustainable Buildings and an impact assessment. The initiative‘s general objective is to reduce the environmental impact of buildings by improving the overall resource efficiency and, as a consequence, improving the related competitiveness of construction businesses.

Some years ago, the European Commission mandated the development of European standards for the assessment of the environmental performance of construction products. These standards are now published and in use by the construction products industry who produce and communicate the Environmental Product Declarations of their products.

 

ISOPA Position

  • ISOPA is committed to assist the policy makers in developing the most efficient regulation that will enable both the industry to grow and meet the Europeans’ expectations of comfort and quality while ensuring their housing is energy efficient
  • ISOPA recommends working towards compatibility between PEF, the European standards and the new initiative.
  • ISOPA insist the Commission should recognise that the construction industry is far more advanced in its efforts. Many product groups, including thermal insulation, are already working on specific product category rules based on the horizontal CEN standards.