Construction & Sustainability

Cerame-Unie's membership includes several construction sectors impacted by EU construction policy, such as the Construction Products Regulation. In the field of sustainability, our focus is on tools and policies regarding the sustainability performance of ceramic products and buildings.
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28 March 2017

WATER FOR LIFE MAGAZINE

Publication

The European Water Label (EWL), is a simple and voluntary scheme that measures the water consumption of bathroom products.
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Sustainable buildings
10 January 2017

EUROPEAN WATER LABEL UPDATE

News

The European Water Label (EWL) is growing and gaining visibility through Europe. Currently, the EWL has 115 brands and more than 10,000 products registered onto the scheme.
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Circular economy
10 January 2017

CERAME-UNIE POSITION PAPER ON WASTE

Position paper

The European Commission published the new circular economy package to shift from a linear to a more circular economy.
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Sustainable buildings
12 December 2016

CERAME-UNIE POSITION ON THE REVISION OF THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE (EPBD)

Position paper

Energy efficient construction and renovation contribute to people’s well-being and productivity, and help tackling today’s challenges: they create local jobs, contribute to reducing energy poverty and to the fight against climate change.
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Construction
15 October 2016

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR CERAMIC SANITARYWARE APPLIANCES

News

The European Federation of Manufacturers of ceramic sanitaryware (FECS) organised two technical workshops in March and April to present the new sustainability assessment standard for ceramic sanitaryware appliances (EN16578).
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Sustainable buildings
7 October 2016

RESOURCE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS STUDY

News

In the context of the European Commission study for the development of common EU indicators for the environmental performance of buildings, the Commission launched a public consultation on the first draft indicators proposals.
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Construction Products Regulation
1 September 2016

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CPR

News

In July, the European Commission published a report on the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
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Sustainable buildings
1 September 2016

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR CERAMIC SANITARYWARE APPLIANCES

News

The European Federation of Manufacturers of ceramic sanitaryware (FECS) organised two technical workshops in March and April to present the new sustainability assessment standard for ceramic sanitaryware appliances (EN16578).
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Circular economy
1 September 2016

CIRCULAR ECONOMY: NEEIP FORUM AND WASTE DIRECTIVE PROPOSAL

News

On 20 April, the European Non-Energy Extractive Industries (NEEIP) organised the 2016 Forum on the circular economy.
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Circular economy
11 August 2016

CIRCULAR ECONOMY UPDATE

News

In June, the MEP rapporteur Simona Bonafe from the European Parliament ENVI Committee published the draft report on the waste framework directive and landfill of waste.
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Construction
11 May 2016

FECS & CEIR JOINT STATEMENT ON BIM

Position paper

CEIR and FECS identified that manufacturers must play a pivotal role in the ongoing development of an acceptable cross-country harmonised Building Information Modeling (BIM) system and therefore agreed to work together to achieve this goal.
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Circular economy
3 May 2016

CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: LAUNCH OF BAMB 2020

Event

The EU-funded BAMB (Buildings as Materials Banks) project consortium brings 16 parties together to provide circular economy solutions to the building sector. The BAMB stakeholder network was launched on 3 May in Brussels.
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Circular economy
20 April 2016

NEEIP FORUM 2016: KEEPING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY ROLLING - HOW TO BEST SERVE SOCIETY

Event

The European Non-Energy Extractive Industries (NEEIP) Forum addresses the Circular Economy Package, highlighting what the industry has already achieved and what still remains to be done to obtain a circular economy that best serves society.
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Construction
11 April 2016

WHAT IS BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM)?

News

The latest buzzword, fad or serious issue, depending on your viewpoint in the construction sector is Building Information Modelling (BIM). Just what BIM is and what it means to manufacturers is anything but clear.
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Sustainable buildings
18 January 2016

EU WATER LABEL CONTINUES TO EXPAND REACH

News

The EU Water Label is a voluntary and flexible scheme supported by Cerame-Unie sanitaryware member FECS to educate the end user on water and energy use.
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Sustainable buildings
22 December 2015

MACRO-OBJECTIVES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS

Publication

In December 2015, JRC published a working paper that focuses on the identification of macro-objectives for the environmental performance of buildings.
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Sustainable buildings
10 December 2015

CPE WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS

News

Construction Products Europe held a workshop to discuss the current situation of Environmental Product Declarations, bringing together over 60 experts in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and environmental assessment of buildings/products.
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Circular economy
2 December 2015

COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW CIRCULAR ECONOMY PACKAGE

News

On 2 December the European Commission (EC) adopted the Circular Economy Package that includes revised legislative proposals on waste to shift from a linear to a circular economy.
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Construction
16 November 2015

FITNESS CHECK ON CONSTRUCTION

News

The European Commission (EC) announced its intention to carry out a fitness check on the construction sector. To this end, the EC launched two supporting studies to assess the impacts of EU legislation on the construction sector.
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Construction Products Regulation
26 October 2015

CEN WORKSHOP ON HARMONIZED STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS

News

On 26 October CEN-CENELEC organised the interactive workshop, Harmonized standards for construction products: Where are we going?. The workshop addressed the way forward for standardisation under the framework of the Construction Products Regulation.
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Circular economy
29 September 2015

CIRCULAR ECONOMY: INNOVATION SPINNING THE INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS

Event

Cerame-Unie made a presentation at the K4I Forum Dinner Debate on circular economy, organised in cooperation with Cefic and SPIRE Public-Private Partnership and hosted by MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen.
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Construction Products Regulation
23 September 2015

IMPLEMENTATION OF CPR - RPA FINAL REPORT

News

The conclusions and recommendations from the UK-based consultancy Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA) final report on the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) will be used as input for the European Commission’s report.
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Construction
16 September 2015

FIRST MEETING OF CEN/TC 442 BIM

News

The first meeting of CEN/TC 442 BIM on 16 September established several working groups.
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Construction Products Regulation
8 September 2015

CE MARKING ‘STEP-BY-STEP’ GUIDE

News

The European Commission (DG GROW) published a CE marking guide to help manufacturers to CE mark their products according to the requirements of the CPR.
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Circular economy
29 July 2015

CERAMIC INDUSTRY REPLY TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY CONSULTATION

News

The European Commission is working on a new and more ambitious circular economy strategy to turn Europe into a more resource-efficient economy. In this context, DG Environment launched a consultation on circular economy.
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Sustainable buildings
30 June 2015

CONSULTATION LAUNCHED ON ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE

News

On 30 June DG Energy launched a public consultation to evaluate the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). All relevant stakeholders can reply to this consultation by 31 October 2015.
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Circular economy
25 June 2015

CIRCULAR ECONOMY: VIEWS FROM 12 EU INDUSTRIES

Position paper

Ahead of the publication of the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Resource Efficiency Alliance outlined a number of key principles that are important to achieve a true circular economy, coherent with the EU industrial policy.
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Construction Products Regulation
23 March 2015

CONSULTATION ON CPR IMPLEMENTATION

News

DG Growth held a consultation on the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation and organised a workshop on 23 March in Brussels to present the preliminary results.
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Sustainable buildings
11 March 2015

EU WATER LABEL PRESENT AT ISH

News

The European Water Label, a voluntary and flexible scheme to measure the water consumption of bathroom products, was promoted at ISH Frankfurt, Europe’s largest bathroom and plumbing exhibition.
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Sustainable buildings
30 January 2015

CU REPLY TO GPP CONSULTATION

News

CU replied to the consultation on Green Public Procurement criteria for office buildings underlining the need to include durability and fire safety criteria and consider the environmental impacts generated in the use phase of a building.
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Sustainable buildings
30 October 2014

2014 WORLD SUSTAINBLE BUILDINGS CONFERENCE

News

CU attended the World Sustainable Buildings conference (WSB14), which took place on 28-30 October 2014 in Barcelona.
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Circular economy
17 September 2014

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY INDICATOR: VIEWS FROM 12 INDUSTRIES

Position paper

In the context of the Commission's Circular Economy Package published in July 2014, 12 resources producing industries examine the impact of a resource productivity target based on a lead indicator reflecting Raw Material Consumption.
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Sustainable buildings
16 September 2014

FIRST EPDS GET ECO PLATFORM LABEL

News

A ceramic tiles manufacturer and a bricks and roof tiles association were among the first to receive ECO Platform Environmental Product Declarations.
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Sustainable buildings
8 September 2014

EC SURVEY ON MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION

News

European Commission DG RTD launched a survey aimed at developing a research and innovation roadmap for sustainable construction materials.
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Sustainable buildings
2 July 2014

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BUILDING SECTOR

News

Following the Sustainable Buildings consultation to which Cerame-Unie replied, the European Commission published a Communication on “Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the building sector” on 2 July 2014.
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Circular economy
2 July 2014

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY PACKAGE

Position paper

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission published its Communication on resource efficiency, Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe. In this context, Cerame-Unie presents its views on the circular economy package.
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Construction Products Regulation
30 May 2014

DELEGATED ACTS FOR CPR ANNEXES III AND V PUBLISHED IN OFFICIAL JOURNAL

News

The delegated acts to modify the annex III and annex V of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) were published in the Official Journal of the EU in late May 2014.
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Sustainable buildings
25 March 2014

GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR TBE PCR

Publication

Thanks to the technical input of its members and the support of an external consultant, Cerame-Unie member Tiles & Bricks Europe developed the Product Category Rules for clay bricks, blocks, roof tiles and pavers.
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Sustainable buildings
21 February 2014

DELEGATED ACT ON DOPS ON WEBSITES PUBLISHED IN OFFICAL JOURNAL

News

On 21 February 2014, the delegated act to supply Declaration of Performances (DoPs) on the websites of manufacturers of construction products was finally published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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Sustainable buildings
31 December 2013

CERAME-UNIE IS FOUNDING MEMBER OF ECO PLATFORM

News

Cerame-Unie is proud to be a founding member of the ECO Platform. The ECO Platform’s objective is to support the provision of reliable information in the form of a European-wide accepted Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
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Sustainable buildings
26 November 2013

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE TOOLS: HOW DO CERAMIC PCRS CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER ENVIRONMENT?

Event

Held during the 2013 Ceramic Days, the conference on construction revealed the importance of standardisation, harmonised PCR and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) as useful tools for the European construction industry.
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Sustainable buildings
1 October 2013

CERAMIC INDUSTRY REPLIES TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS CONSULTATION

News

The European Commission launched a public consultation on sustainable buildings on 9 July 2013. On behalf of all ceramic sectors, Cerame-Unie replied to the multiple choice questionnaire and stressed several key messages.
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Sustainable buildings
31 July 2012

EU STEPS UP SUPPORT FOR CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

News

On 31 July 2012 the European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, presented a new construction strategy that should boost growth in the near future.
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Contact

Nuno Pargana

Construction & Sustainability Manager

pargana[at]cerameunie.eu

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Cerame-Unie members are active in the CEN Technical Committees that are responsible for the development of European standards for ceramic products. We are a full member of Construction Products Europe, founding member of the ECO Platform and a member of the Resource Efficiency Alliance.