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Top 7 regulations in the construction materials industry you should know about

Construction, building materials, energy, real estate management… are you involved with any of these industries? The EU's 2020 Green Deal is geared towards achieving environmental sustainability by 2050. Surprisingly, a significant 35% of the EU's waste stems from the construction sector. To address this issue, the EU is actively amending and creating legislation to tackle waste management in construction.

Several key EU regulations directly impact construction companies and building material manufacturers. These regulations address various aspects of sustainability, including energy efficiency, waste management, and environmental impact.

Here’s a quick overview of the top 7 regulations in the construction materials industry. This table indicates who those regulations are for, what they entail, and when to comply.

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Regulation Name Who it’s for What it’s About When to Comply
Construction Products Regulation (CPR) Manufacturers, importers, distributors in construction Ensures fair play in the EU construction product market with harmonized standards Fully enforced since 2013

EU agreed to revise CPR in 2023

More updates in 2024

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) Exporters from non-EU/EFTA countries to the EU Imposes carbon levy on certain imported goods from countries with less strict climate policies May 2023 (adopted)

Jan. 2024 (first report)

Jan. 2026 (full implementation)

EU Taxonomy Financial & industrial sectors, construction for acquisition & renovation Classifies economic activities based on environmental sustainability Varies by objective (e.g., Climate Change Mitigation – Jan. 2022)
Level(s) Framework Stakeholders in building & construction (architects, designers, etc.) Voluntary framework for assessing and reporting building sustainability across its life cycle Launched Oct. 2020 (voluntary)
Milieukosten indicator (MKI) & Environmental Cost Indicator (ECI) Stakeholders in building & construction, especially public tenders Monetary unit for comparing environmental impacts of construction products & projects MKI: Used since 2004 (Netherlands)
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD IV) Consumers & construction companies Establishes stricter energy efficiency standards and deadlines for new and existing buildings in the EU Early 2024 (formal adoption)

2025 onwards (implementation)

Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) Various industries (public admin, buildings, businesses, data centers) Sets increased energy saving targets for EU member states across various sectors October 2023 (effective), Member States have 2 years to integrate
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  • Construction Products Regulation (CPR): This regulation ensures the free movement of construction products while setting minimum safety, health, and environmental requirements. Compliance often involves Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
  • Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): This regulation aims to reduce the carbon footprint of imported materials. Companies need to be aware of the potential impact on sourcing and production methods.
  • EU Taxonomy & Level(s): These frameworks establish standards for sustainable construction practices. Understanding these frameworks is key to ensuring your products meet evolving sustainability criteria.
  • Milieu-KostenIndicator (MKI): This Dutch regulation mandates adherence to specific environmental cost indicators for construction products. Demonstrating a low environmental impact can improve your MKI score.
  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) & Energy Efficiency Directive (EED): These directives focus on building energy efficiency. Construction materials play a crucial role in achieving these goals.

Navigating new regulations and adhering to evolving standards can be a challenge. Ecochain Helix is a powerful software solution designed to streamline this process for construction and building material companies.

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However, for a deeper dive into each regulation, including practical advice and implementation strategies, we recommend downloading our exclusive e-book, “The Guide to EU Construction Regulations”. This e-book goes beyond the table above, unpacking each regulation in detail and offering clear steps for compliance.

Aleksandra Melekhina

As a content marketer with a passion for sustainability, I'm driven to create informative resources that empower businesses to embrace innovation and practices that prioritize environmental well-being

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