As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission is looking at the development of sustainable product and standards.
When it comes to the sustainability assessment of buildings and construction works, CEMBUREAU supports the use of whole-life assessment, at the building or construction work level.
CEMBUREAU is thus an active participant in the work of CEN/TC 350 “Sustainability of construction works”. CEN/TC 350 “Sustainability of construction works” is the CEN body that drafts standards on sustainability assessment of construction works. The set of standards includes methods for evaluating across the three pillars of sustainability, from the building or construction works level down to the level of construction products.
CEMBUREAU has welcomed the Commission standardisation request to CEN/TC 350 to work on an amendment to EN 15804 that brought it in line with the Product Environment Footprint method.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), developed according to standard EN 15804, provide the relevant environmental information for assessment at building level. In this respect, CEN/TC 51 “Cement & building limes” is the body which is developing Product Category Rules (PCR) for EPDs for cement and building limes.
CEMBUREAU has developed European average Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), for three cement types, in accordance with EN 15804, mainly intended for Business-to-Business (B2B) communication, with the prime purpose to provide measurable and verifiable input for the environmental assessment of construction works:
- EPD for CEM I
- EPD for CEM II
- EPD for CEM III