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Eurobrief January 2009

Construction Products Driective revised and turned into a Regulation

MEPs met in January to discuss amendments on Articles 4 and 7 of Catherine Neris’ (Party of the European Socialists, France) Report on the proposed replacement of the Construction Products Directive 89/106/EEC by a Regulation ahead of the vote in the Internal Market Committee on 22/1/09.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

This proposal was discussed in ITRE Committee earlier this month. Rapporteur Silvia Ticau (Party of European Socialists, Romania) called for greater fiscal incentives, including national programmes of public works needed in addition to credits, loans, tax breaks and VAT cuts.

New ISO standard for building sector

The new International Standard ISO 23045:2008 is designed to help the building sector achieve energy savings by providing it with specific design guidelines.