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Updated EFCA Model EPD are available

In the course of a fundamental revision, the EFCA model EPDs were adapted to the revised version of EN 15804+A2. In the meantime, the updating process has been completed with the successful verification by the EPD programme holder organisation Institut Bauen und Umwelt (IBU). The updated EFCA EPD package, consisting of six model EPDs, is now available for the use by EFCA member associations and their member companies. The EFCA model EPDs can be downloaded from the EFCA homepage via the following link: Environmental Publications | EFCA

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EFCA position on the future options for the review of CPR

The Construction Product Regulation represents the Common Technical Language for CE Marking, which preserves and strengthens the benefits of the single market, avoiding barriers to trade.
The European Federation of Concrete Admixtures Associations (EFCA) is a strong supporter of this system, and through this position paper, EFCA intends to share its concerns over the radical changes proposed by the European Commission in the Refined Indicative Options for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation.

The Position Paper is available at the following LINK

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EFCA Position on the Renovation Wave

EFCA welcomes the “Renovation Wave” as a major contribution for improving sustainability of the buildings sector. In general, the continuous requests for minimization of the environmental impact of concrete buildings, the reduction of construction times – both in a factory and on site – and the request for an increased buildings durability have been and are supported by the proper use of admixtures. Transforming a traditional concrete into a sophisticated material, concrete admixtures play a decisive role as materials, products and technologies and enforce important aspects of circularity and sustainable development.

The Concrete Admixtures will contribute to this objective with solutions explained in the following Position Paper available below.

EFCA POSITION PAPER – DOWNLOAD HERE

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EFCA presidency in ECP

On 22 June, Norbert Schroeter, was appointed as new ECP president, succeeding the outgoing President, Stein Tosterud and representing EFCA, the European Federation of Concrete admixtures Associations. Mr. Schroeter expressed his thanks to Stein Tosterud for spending a lot of efforts to make European Concrete Platform has become particularly effective during his presidency.

During his mandate the new President intends to allow follow and further develop the roadmap set out by his predecessors, with the fundamental objective to promote concrete as the material of choice providing building solutions and the attention  to the role of the concrete admixtures for sustainable development and sustainable constructions.

In his inauguration speech, Mr. Schroeter declares: “Currently, we are facing a challenging crisis. Europe, built by our fathers, has to work. Our goal must be – united in diversity – to keep peace and promote prosperity. Concrete is used to build bridges, infrastructure, healthy houses and environmental protection structures. We have a common platform “made of concrete”.

Norbert Schroeter concludes that “we have to be ensured that the sector is efficiently represented in a transparent manner at the European level. We must strongly affirm the ECP position, to be part of important issues as for instance the CPR revision and to drop on the economic aftermath of the corona crisis and the respond to the Green Deal!”

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EFCA Environmental Committee virtual meeting

The EFCA Environemntal Committee meeting scheduled on 19th of May in Brussels will be held virtually, using GoToMeeting.

Below the time plane, provided by Think Step, concerning the EFCA EPDs:

– Think Step is currently in the step of updating the single scores for the raw materials and to generate new single scores for the new raw materials. For the coming work, this step is the most effort and time-consuming piece.

– With these updated single score values, TS will provide us, by the beginning of May, a table to calculate single scores for product formulations. The objective is then to validate whether the former worst case formulation is still the worst case.

– After this confirmation, Think Step will start to update the LCA modelling for the EPDs and update the project report and the EPDs.

I remind you that the EFCA EPDs will expire on September 2020 and, in the case of an unforeseen further delay, the EPDs’ validity may be extended by IBU.

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Covid_19 – Impact study on the construction sector

Construction Product Europe has sent a letter to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to inform them about the impact of Covid_19 on the construction industry.
The response came faster  and the CPE Secretary, Mr. Sykes,  received the invitation to speak to the European Commissioner Breton, who is in charge of the internal market.
A first online meeting allowed the Commissioner to understand the scale of the crisis and he asked his services to run an impact study on the sector. 
The impact study reveals a 50% loss in revenue for Q2, 25% in Q3 and 12,5% in Q4. Therefore, the construction industry stands to be recognised as extremely impacted and Commissioner Breton will fight for European funds to be earmarked for the recovery of our sector. 
Three axes were identified for potential action, renovation works, infrastructure and social housing.

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