Cabling Compliance, Construction Products Regulation

Intelligent Abodes owner Tim Chugg installing cabling in compliance with Construction Products Regulation

In 2017 the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) issued a statement on cabling compliance. Their goal is to ensure consistent information is available for those who need to know, by enabling the performance of construction products throughout the EU to be assessed and compared irrespective of the manufacturer or country of origin.

Declaration of Performance

Since the 1st July 2017, cable with a Reaction to Fire, supplying electricity and/or signals, and used permanently in building and construction works for control and communication purposes, requires a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE Marking under the CPR.

Such cable must meet European Standard EN 50575:2014 which specifies the test and assessment methods to be used for Reaction to Fire requirements. The results are expressed in a hierarchical series of classes (Aca down to Fca).

Responsibility of Manufacturers:

  • All relevant products must be tested and classified
  • Relevant DoP to be made available to cable purchasers
  • Relevant product labels must carry the CE Marking (in accordance with the relevant harmonised standard EN 50575), the class of performance, unique DoP reference number, scheme of assessment and identity of the Notified Body used
  • DoP may be in paper or electronic format

Responsibility of Specifiers, architects, designers and local authorities:

  • Specify cable that carries the CE Marking (in accordance with CPR)
  • Ensure the relevant DoP is available and has been checked
  • Specify an appropriate class of performance according to the installation. A minimum of class Eca is generally recommended, and class Fca should be avoided as it is likely to burn uncontrollably in a fire
  • Where fire safety requirements are high or very high, it is recommended to specify cable described as low fire hazard or equivalent, with classifications higher than class Eca
  • Check whether low fire hazard cables above class Eca includes the desirable additional classifications for smoke emission, acidity, and where appropriate, flaming droplets
  • If in doubt contact the manufacturer.

Responsibility of the Contractor:

  • Install cable that carries the CE Marking (in accordance with CPR)
  • Ensure the relevant DoP is available and has been checked
  • Use an appropriate class of performance according to the installation. A minimum of class Eca is generally recommended, and class Fca should be avoided as it is likely to burn uncontrollably in a fire
  • Where fire safety requirements are high or very high, it is recommended to use cable described as low fire hazard or equivalent
  • Check whether low fire hazard cables above class Eca includes the desirable additional classifications for smoke emission, acidity, and where appropriate, flaming droplets
  • If in doubt contact the manufacturer.

Our Commitment to You:

At Intelligent Abodes Ltd we take safety very seriously. We ensure that all the cable we supply not only meets the safety requirements, but also ensures the best in performance.

Therefore, all the cable we supply and install meets the following criteria:

  • Most of the cable have a Dca Performance class, but the minimum ever used is Eca
  • All the cables have a CE marking
  • All cables have a declaration of performance
  • All the cables meet the EN50575:2014
  • All cables are low smoke zero halogen

If you would like to make and appointment to experience home control in action at our showroom, get in touch. by contacting Karen Chugg on 01392 823398 or drop her an email.

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