Safer in the Event of Fire: The European Construction Products Regulation for Cables
HELUKABEL GmbH has its products tested and certified. Since 1st July 2017, all relevant products from HELUKABEL will carry a CE mark and a declaration of performance as per the CPR.
The European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) 305/2011 defines coherent and verifiable regulations for the use of construction products in buildings. It applies to all EU member states and aims to enhance safety in buildings. The CPR was extended on 1st June 2016 to include cables and wires which are classified in terms of their reaction to fire. The regulations will be binding for manufacturers and suppliers from 1st July 2017.
The CPR for cables and wires is implemented by DIN EN 50575:2017-02: “Power, control and communication cables - Cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements”. Cable products verified by a notified body are awarded a CE mark. For each cable, the manufacturer or supplier must also provide a declaration of performance which precisely describes its reaction to fire.
With the inclusion of cables and wires in the list of construction products, the EU has defined 6 fire classes for cables – from ACa through to FCa (Ca stands for ‘cable’). The class is allocated according to criteria such as flame propagation and heat generation. From non-flammable (Aca) and hardly inflammable (B1Ca, B2Ca, CCa) through normally flammable (DCa, ECa) to easily flammable (FCa). There are also three additional classes which refer to other requirements such as smoke production (s1 and s2), acidity / halogen-free flame retardancy (a1) and flaming droplets (d1 and d2).
According to the CPR, cables must be selected depending on the level of safety required in a building. For example, class B2Ca cables must be used in construction works requiring stringent safety (hospitals). Class CCa cables are used in buildings with high safety needs (commercial buildings and offices), and class DCa and class ECa in construction works with average and low safety needs. Class FCa cables can be used in buildings with no safety requirements. In Germany, the minimum permitted fire class for cables is ECa.
- Declaration of Performance (DoP)
You can download the Declaration of Performance on our Helukabel website and the Helukabel server.
You can download the Declaration of Performance using the QR code on the label.
The product label contains:
- Charge number
- QR-Code to download the delcaration of performance
CPR relevant data are only available on the label (not on the delivery note).
- Products acc. to CPR
All products of the CPR are expected to be delivered from 01.07.2017 with DoP. Example: NYY 3x1,5 mm², there is only one item number incl. DoP.