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Seven Basic Requirements for Construction Works

CPR Sets Seven Basic Requirements for Construction Works

The new CPR expands construction requirements, creating seven Basic Requirements for Construction Works (BRCW) – with numbers 3 and 7 having the most environmental impact. The seven BRCW cover:

  1. Mechanical resistance and stability
  2. Safety in case of fire
  3. Hygiene, health and environment (includes reducing impact of greenhouse gases) 
  4. Safety & accessibility in use
  5. Protection against noise
  6. Energy economy and heat retention
  7. Sustainable use of natural resources

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.

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:

  •  Recyclability of the construction works, their materials and parts after demolition
  • Durability of the construction works
  • Use of environmentally compatible and secondary materials in the construction works.

Key hazards to guide against include:

  • giving-off of toxic gas
  • emissions of dangerous substances, volatile organic compounds (VOC), greenhouse gases or dangerous particles into indoor or outdoor air
  • emission of dangerous radiation
  • release of dangerous substances into ground water, marine waters, surface waters or soil
  • release of dangerous substances into drinking water or substances which might have a negative impact on drinking water
  • faulty discharge of waste water, emission of flue gases or faulty disposal of solid or liquid waste
  • dampness in parts of the construction works or on surfaces within the construction works.