To boost renovation, EU wants to reset single market for construction materials

(EurActiv, 4 Apr 2022) Faced with growing pressure to renovate homes and reduce energy demand for heating, the European Commission has tabled a proposal to revitalise the EU’s moribund market for construction products.

Getting as many homes built or renovated as fast as possible has never been more urgent because of the war in Ukraine.

“We need to reduce our dependence on Russian gas. That’s a fact. 34 million Europeans today live in poorly insulated houses,” explained the EU’s internal market commissioner Thierry Breton as he presented a revision of the 2011 Construction Product Regulation (CPR) on 30 March.

And renovating these homes relies on a functioning market for construction products, which is currently riddled with “over-complex and unclear” rules at national level, the EU executive found.

The overhaul of the EU’s Construction Product Regulation (CPR) is the latest in series of legislative recasts aimed at bringing the EU’s laws in line with its climate ambitions. The Commission’s stated aim is twofold: achieving a well functioning single market for construction products while contributing to the objectives of the green and digital transition.

And the market’s potential is massive. “The construction ecosystem means five million firms and more than 25 million jobs,” Breton explained. “When it comes to building materials alone, we’re talking about 430,000 companies, €800 billion turnover and 10,000 jobs,” he added while introducing the proposed review of the regulation.

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