The new CPR has created seven Basic Requirements for Construction Works (BRCW), two of which define relevant product-specific information involving the life-cycle approach.
The greatest environmental impact will come from the new BRCW No. 7 which deals with the sustainable use of natural resources and the expansion of BRCW No. 3 enables it now to cover the reduction of life-cycle impacts of greenhouse gases.
BRCW No. 7: construction works must now be designed, built and demolished in such a way that the use of natural resources is sustained. The harmonised technical specification for the works must be take particular notice of:
Expanded BRCW No. 3: ensures that throughout a construction’s life cycle it must not present a threat to the hygiene, health or safety of workers, occupants or neighbours; or have an exceedingly high impact on the environment quality or on the climate during construction, use and demolition.
Key hazards to guide against include: