The construction sector is one of Europe's biggest industries, representing some 10% of GDP and 50,5% of Gross fixed Capital formation. It employs more than 12 million EU citizens and it is estimated that 26 million workers in the European Union depend in one way or another, on the construction sector.
The construction sector in CEN covers more than 3000 work items on product standards and test methods (for use in building and civil engineering). Of these, about 600 standards started to be prepared under the Construction Products Directive (CPD) and are or will be harmonised under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), along with about 1500 supporting standards (test methods).
News and events
Seminar Footbridges, 18 November 2013, Brussels
The aim of the Seminar is to present current design and calculation practices for footbridges in order to review EN 1991-2. The Seminar is organised by CEN/TC 250/SC1/WG 3 'Traffic Loads on Bridges'.
Technical Bodies & Activities
The Construction sector includes more than 80 technical bodies.
A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
European Legislation and Mandates
European Standards are developed in the context of European legislation and sometimes come in direct support to particular Directives or Regulations.
CEN has developed a series of European Standards in support of the Construction Products Directive (CPD) 89/106/EEC and soon in support of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) EU 305/2011 (pdf format).
Harmonised European Standards
Check the latest lists of European Standards referenced in the Official Journal of the European Union in support of CPD 89/106/EEC
Useful links & documents
- The Snapshot (2013-09-26) of the current situation gives an overview of the development of European standards under the CPD.
- The report on the general situation of European standardization (May 2013) under the CPD/CPR provides general information concerning European Standards developed by CEN following the EC mandates in the construction sector.
- Standards in the work programme of the technical bodies contribute to sustainable construction and use the performance based approach.
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