British Precast keeps a keen eye on national and international standards - this ensures that customers of our members receive the best quality products which are compliant to all relevant standards. As well as specific standards, many manufacturers also comply with ISO 9001, and ISO 14001 and ISO 45001/ OHSAS 18001.
Quality in design and production means precast units are extremely structurally efficient; they have a high span/depth and EC2 makes provision for reduced partial safety factors for precast, in acknowledgement of the controlled production environment.
British Precast is represented on relevant BSI committees and provides UK delegates to the CEN committees dealing with precast concrete products. We represent the views of members and report back with current information on progress and changes to product and installation standards and test methods. Members also receive a discount on BSI standards purchased through British Precast.
Structural Eurocodes (referred to as Eurocodes) are a set of ten European Standards that contain common structural rules for the design of buildings and civil engineering structures.
Eurocodes are applicable to whole structures and to individual elements of structures and cater for the use of all the major construction materials such as concrete, steel, timber, masonry and aluminium.
More information on Eurocodes is available here.
Sustainability of Construction works standards (TC350)
CEN has published a number of standards on methods to assess the sustainability performance of construction products, buildings and infrastructure assets. The TC350 suite of standards includes EN 15804, the main core rule standard on environmental product declarations (EPDs)
, EN 15978, the main calculation method standard for the environmental impact of buildings and structures, EN 16309, the buildings’ social performance calculation standard, and a number of other standards.
The concrete industry has recently published EN 15767, which is the core rule standard for developing EPDs for concrete products (in line with EN 15804).
BES 6001 - Responsible Sourcing
BES 6001, the BRE standard, has been published to enable construction product manufacturers to ensure and then prove that their products have been made with constituent materials that have been responsibly sourced. The standard describes a framework for the organisational governance, supply chain management and environmental and social aspects that must be addressed in order to ensure the responsible sourcing of construction products.
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) requires that from 1st July 2013 it is mandatory for many, but not all construction products to have CE markings in order to be placed on the market anywhere in Europe.
CE marking is an indicator of a product’s compliance with applicable EU legislation and its legitimacy to be placed on the market within the European Market. CE stands for Communaute Europeenne.
CE marking communicates that a product meets a set of basic European harmonised standards, or a European Technical Assessment. Each product with CE markings has a Declaration of Performance (DoP) that is made available to purchasers and specifiers.
It should be noted that in some cases, even if the product and intended use are included in the scope of a harmonised standard, the manufacturer may not be obliged to CE mark a product. The exception most commonly raised are cases where the product is/are individually manufactured or custom-made for a given use, and therefore not available to ‘the market’ at large.
British Precast have developed a guidance document for members only on CE Marking. Contact us to find out about this and many other benefits of membership.
Building Regulations: Thermal Performance: Part L1A
The 2013 edition of Part L1A (new dwellings) came into force in April 2014. Key changes include a 6% reduction in CO2 emissions across the build mix, and a new ‘elemental recipe’ approach for producing compliant dwelling specifications. Our product associations the Aircrete Products Association and the Concrete Block Association have been involved in developing guidance on this regulation.