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  • 1. THE CONSTRUCTION CONTACT POINT (CCP) MEETING Brussels 14 October 2002 Albert Borschette Conference Centre 36, rue Froissart, B-1040 BRUXELLES EB 02/037C Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 2. Agenda
    • Adoption of the Agenda
    • Objectives and logistics of the CCP
    • Public Procurement Directive: state of play
    • Construction Products Directive: state of play
    • Competitiveness: work in progress
    • Construction matters in candidate and third countries
    • Proposal for the organisation, compilation and distribution of information coming from industry.
    • Miscellaneous
  • 3. Objectives and logistics of the CCP Brussels 14 October 2002 Vicente Leoz Construction Unit (G5) Enterprise Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 4. Questions on... ? Objectives and logistics of the CCP
  • 5. The Public Procurement Directive State of play Brussels 14 October 2002 Pamela Brumter Internal Market Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 6. Questions on... ? Public Procurement Directive: state of play
  • 7. An Internal Market for construction products The Construction Products Directive Brussels 14 October 2002 Francky Callewaert Construction Unit (G5) Enterprise Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 8. The CPD history in a nutshell June 1985: white paper on completing the internal market (§ 71 : removal of technical barriers in the construction field … should follow the new approach) Dec. 1988 : the Construction Product Directive (89/106/CEE) is ratified and notified to Member States 1993 : Interpretative documents are published, ( which establish links between mandates for standards or ETAG - on products - and essential requirements - concerning works -) Since 1995 to 2000: Development of Attestation of Conformity Decisions and corresponding mandates to the specification writers 28 Oct. 1997: first ETA Guideline endorsed 1 April 2001: first harmonised standard allows CE marking
  • 9. Where are we today
        • cement;
        • geo textiles;
        • fixed fire fighting systems;
        • gypsum products;
        • anchors;
        • structural sealant glazing systems;
        • thermal insulation products;
        • ...
    58 harmonised standards and 14 ETA Guidelines permit CE marking for:
  • 10. And, are there also difficulties? ? Series of typical starting up problems Commission MS Regulators Specification writers Notified Bodies Manufactures users
  • 11. The 4 Quadrant scenario. PRODUCTS WORKS CPD + other relevant directives VOLUNTARY REGULATORY Non-overlapping voluntary product characteristics and/or attestation schemes National building regulations Voluntary attestations outside of the regulatory field
  • 12. Doubtful initiatives National building regulations PRODUCTS WORKS CPD + other relevant directives Optional marks Additional marks In many cases old national regulatory (or de facto mandatory) marks trying to maintain their position Interpretation of CE marked products towards the national building regulations REGULATORY Extra reqs .
  • 13. Conclusion
    • Evolution is very positive -> experience with 1st product families
    • Various important issues need to be addressed:
    • CEN promised 450 harmonised standards by the end of 2002; in reality we have 58 harmonised standards published in the OJ.
    • EOTA has identified many problems also leading to slow progress
    • Resistance from supporters of national conformity marks
    • Equivalent application of tech.spec. by Notified Bodies
    • Important need for training and CORRECT information
    • ...
  • 14. CE marking: the most solid system around
    • High quality European technical specifications
    • Covering all relevant product regulations in Europe
    • Notified Bodies are
      • Assessed by the Member State
      • Annex 4 of the CPD, Guidance Paper A, Guidance Paper K
      • Under continuous surveillance of the Member State
      • Active in the Group of Notified Bodies
    • Market surveillance by the Member State
  • 15. For more information http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/construction
  • 16. Questions on... ? Construction Products Directive: state of play
  • 17. The structural Eurocodes Brussels 14 October 2002 Pascal BAR Construction Unit (G5) Enterprise Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 18. Aim and objectives of Commission Services
    • Common design methods expressed in a series of European Standards, to be used to:
      • design buildings and civil engineering works
      • prove their compliance with ER 1 (mechanical resistance and stability) and aspects of ER 2 (safety in case of fire)
      • determine the performance of structural components or kits, to be declared in CE marking
  • 19. Aim and objectives of Commission Services
      • EN Eurocodes are intended by EC to become the European means for the structural design of works
      • Member States must accept the solutions designed according to EN Eurocodes as complying with ER 1 and aspects of 2 in tenders enquiry and public contracts for construction works (PPD)
      • MS may also recognise also other means as being acceptable (e.g. National Codes)
  • 20. Progress
  • 21. structural design of works
    • Previous stage : ENVs contained “boxed values” (choice let open at National level and formulated in NAD)
    • In EN Eurocodes, the boxed values are withdrawn
      • for values which do not relate to safety levels = EN Eurocode gives a single value
      • for values which relate to safety = NDPs
  • 22. structural design of works
    • NDPs (Nationally Determined Parameters):
      • values and/or classes where alternatives are given
      • open choice (+ recommended value) identified by a symbol
      • country specific data (geographical, climatic)
      • alternative procedures
    • NDPs or sets of NDPs can be grouped in technical classes (differences in geographical, climatic conditions, ... art. 3.2 of the CPD)
  • 23. structural design of works
    • EN Eurocode Parts should contain the values (fixed as single value, or recommended value), classes or alternative methods (fully described)
    • National Annex may contain the values, classes or method (NDPs) usable in the MS concerned when MS has fixed such a NDPs
  • 24. Structural material and constituent products
    • Materials hENs define the methods usable to determine the “declared values” (CE marking)
    • Specification writers have to check
        • if all the properties necessary for the calculation are subject to declared values
        • if the formulation of such declared values are usable in the context of EN Eurocodes
  • 25. Structural components and kits
    • For structural products (components and kits), performances can be determined by calculation, using EN Eurocodes
    • Three methods usable to provide the information declared in the documentation accompanying the CE marking
      • method 1 : detailing
      • method 2 : characteristic values or design values
      • method 3 : product designed for an intended use known in a work identified
  • 26. Structural components and kits
    • Method 1 (GP 3.3.2)
    • CE marking and accompanying documents provide the necessary elements to perform the calculation of construction work :
      • properties of materials and constituent
      • geometrical data (cross section)
    • Calculations are made outside of CE marking on products (in the context of the design of work)
  • 27. Structural components and kits
    • Method 2 (GP 3.3.3)
    • CE marking provides characteristics values (in the sense of EN Eurocodes) as declared values of a component or kit, which is usable in the design of works, for mandated characteristics (linked to ER 1 and 2)
    • characteristic value is independent of all NDPs
  • 28. Structural components and kits
    • Or, if relevant, the design value is given as declared value in CE marking, but they use NDPs to be determined. In this case:
      • NDPs or sets of NDPs are organized in limited number of classes
      • or a single set of NDPs is fixed for one product and an identified intended use
    • No choices of NDPs can be let open to national level other than classes (GP 3.3.3.2 note 1)
  • 29. Structural components and kits
    • Method 3 - GP 3.3.4
    • For a product designed for an intended use known in a work identified CE marking provides the necessary elements which allows to perform the calculation (constituent and material properties, geometrical data) by reference to the design documents
      • client order
      • drawing elaborated by the manufacturer
  • 30. More information
    • DG Enterprise web site
      • http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/construction
    • Harmonised product standards CEN
      • www.cenorm.be/sectors/construction
    • EOTA specifications
      • www.eota.be
  • 31. Questions on... ? The structural Eurocodes
  • 32. Competitiveness: work in progress Brussels 14 October 2002 Juan Campos Construction Unit (G5) Enterprise Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 33. WORK ACHIEVED
    • study on effective innovation in the construction sector
    • study on the use of quality systems in enterprises.
    • grant on benchmarking
    • 4 working groups set up. Final reports available :
        • Information Technology
        • Abnormally Low Tenders
        • Education, Training and Image
        • Sustainable Construction
  • 34. WORK IN PROGRESS
    • e-construction
    • Sustainable Construction :
        • Whole Life Costing (WLC)
  • 35. WG e-CONSTRUCTION
    • Objective
      • to evaluate the situation in e-construction on the basis of e-commerce technologies, e-collaboration and knowledge technologies, including e-learning, and to provide recommendations on how to develop and exploit it.
  • 36. WG e-CONSTRUCTION
    • Methodology
      • first year : specific discussion meetings on
        • e-collaboration and project centres
        • e-learning and knowledge management
        • e-procurement and B2A
        • life cycle asset management
        • B2C and B2B
        • facilities management
      • - second year : final report
  • 37. WG SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
    • TASK GROUP 4 ON WHOLE LIFE COSTING
      • Objective
        • To draw up recommendations and guidelines on Whole Life Costing (WLC) of construction aimed at improving the sustainability of the built environment
  • 38. TG WHOLE LIFE COSTING
    • Methodology
      • first phase : brainstorming meetings on
        • Eco-costs methodology
        • International initiative for a sustainable built environment
        • Through life performance
        • Life cycle costs in a concession model
        • Real estate life costs
  • 39. TG WHOLE LIFE COSTING
    • Content of the Final Report :
      • Definition and history of WLC
      • Links to sustainable construction
      • Methodology for calculating the WLC
      • Impact on legislation, standards and procurement system
      • Recommendations
  • 40. COMPETITIVENESS : OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
    • - PRODAEC
    • - conclusions of the Council on sustainable development
    • - WTO Guidelines on EMAT
    • - energy benchmarking in buildings
  • 41. INTERNET
    • http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/construction/ index.htm
  • 42. Questions on... ? Competitiveness: work in progress
  • 43. Construction matters in candidate and third countries Brussels 14 October 2002 Nicke Blomquist Construction Unit (G5) Enterprise Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 44. External relations
    • Enlargement
    • PECA
    • Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)
    • GATS 2000
    • Bilateral
    External relations:
  • 45.
      • Bulgaria
      • Cyprus
      • Czech Republic
      • Estonia
      • Hungary
      • Latvia
      • Lithuania
    • Malta
    • Poland
    • Romania
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Turkey
    Candidate Countries: External relations: Enlargement
  • 46.
    • CPD transposition
      • National legislation / regulation / standards
    • Full national CPD implementation
      • Infrastructure
      • Distribution of tasks between bodies
      • Procedures
      • Nominations / appointments of experts
      • Participation in European Co-operation
    External relations: Enlargement
  • 47.
    • Market expectations
    • Manufacturers
    • Consulting Architects and Engineers
    • Contractors
    • Other actors
    External relations: Enlargement
  • 48.
    • Methods and tools
    • Regular visits to Candidate Countries
      • Exchange of information
      • Questionnaire
    • Gatherings in Brussels - joint problems
      • Workshops / Expert consultations
    • Conferences / Seminars
    • Continuous dialogue
    External relations: Enlargement
  • 49.
    • Protocol to the European Agreement
    • between
    • The European Community
    • and
    • Candidate Countries
    • on
    • Conformity Assessment and acceptance
    • of
    • Industrial Products
    External relations: PECA
  • 50. External relations: PECA
    • Bilateral EU - CC
    • Before accession
    • Trade according to EU rules
      • Attestation of Conformity
      • CE-Marking
    • Defined sectors
      • e.g. Construction products
    PECA
  • 51.
    • PECA in force
    • Czech Republic (CPD?)
    • Hungary (CPD?)
    • PECA initialed
    • Estonia (CPD?)
    • Malta
    • Slovakia (CPD?)
    • Slovenia (CPD?)
    External relations: PECA
    • PECA signed
    • Latvia (CPD)
    • Lithuania (CPD?)
    • PECA negotiations
    • Bulgaria (CPD?)
    • Poland (CPD?)
    • Romania (CPD?)
  • 52.
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • USA
    • Switzerland (special)
    • Israel (GLP)
    External relations: Mutual Recognition Agreements
  • 53.
    • Current state of play
      • No sector annexes on Construction products
      • General lack of European specifications
    • Fields of activity
      • Metal anchors
      • Road barriers
    External relations: Mutual Recognition Agreements
  • 54.
    • General Agreement on Trade in Services
      • The ultimate guarantee of open service markets
      • http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/index_en.htm
    External relations: GATS 2000 http://gats-info.dg1.cec.eu.int
  • 55.
    • Construction service
      • General construction works for buildings
      • General construction works for civil engineering
      • Installation and assembly work
      • Building completion and finishing work
      • Other
    • Professional services
      • Architectural services
      • Integrated engineering services
    External relations: GATS 2000
  • 56.
    • Japan
      • Adaptation of legislation and JIS standards to performance based requirements
    • China
      • Adaptation to European standards on Construction Products
    • Russia
      • Adaptation to European Road standards
    External relations: Bilateral Activities
  • 57. Questions on... ? Construction matters in candidate and third countries
  • 58. Organisation, compilation and distribution of information coming from Industry Brussels 14 October 2002 Vicente Leoz Construction Unit (G5) Enterprise Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 59. Questions on... ? organisation, compilation and distribution of information coming from industry .
  • 60. Miscellaneous Brussels 14 October 2002 Vicente Leoz Construction Unit (G5) Enterprise Directorate-General Enterprise Directorate General European Commission
  • 61. Questions on... ? Miscellaneous
  • 62. Upcoming events 23 January 2003 Industry Information Meeting 24 January 2003 Workshop for Candidate countries on the implementation of the CPD