Brand-Rex is the Smart Choice for CPR Fire Safety

CPR applies higher product safety standards to save lives and protect buildings in a fire. We’re ready for CPR. We can help you understand what it means for your upcoming projects, and can provide the CPR-approved cable you need for any region.

Understanding CPR

Brand-Rex, a Leviton company, has invested several years into getting ready for Construction Products Regulations (CPR). We worked closely with standards committees to prepare for this important change, and can help you to better understand these regulations.

For cabling, CPR introduces new fire safety classifications and requires that all cables marketed in European Economic Area (EEA) to carry a CE mark and have a declaration of performance (DOP). The CE mark indicates the specific fire performance level that the cable has been verified to provide.

Starting 1 July 2017, manufacturers cannot supply cables unless they have been tested, certified, and marked in accordance with the CPR standards.

We’re dedicated to meeting regional CPR requirements. Our CE-marked Euroclass Eca cable has been available since August 2016, and we continue to expand our portfolio to include higher classification cables. We are prepared to deliver the high-end CPR-approved cable you need, when you need it.

For more information about CPR

Contact your local sales representative, or call Brand-Rex customer service at +44 (0) 1592 772124.

CPR Basics

Construction Products Regulation (CPR) covers the marking of construction products within the European Union. CPR creates a common technical language that helps all users assess the smoke- and fire-related performance of construction products.

Under CPR, all communications cabling must be CE-marked in accordance with essential indicated requirements, specifically safety in case of fire.

Current building construction projects often require many kilometres of installed cabling. High volumes of cabling have been recognised as fire and smoke safety risks, as they are one of the main methods that fire can rapidly spread through a building. Correctly controlling and regulating installed cabling can potentially save lives and minimise building damage in the event of a fire.

CPR directly affects a number of different bodies and organisations within the EU.

  • Manufacturers’ products need to meet stringent CPR requirements
  • Building designers, contractors, distributors, and installers need to be aware of CPR for building and civil engineering projects
  • Testing institutes will be checking that products meet CPR standards
  • Authorities within EU Member States are responsible for communicating and enforcing CPR on a national level

On the 1st July 2017, all cables supplied to the construction industry have a mandatory requirement to apply CE marking to their products according to the appropriate European or national regulation level.

Brand-Rex is one of 21 European cable manufacturers that directly helped develop CPR standards. Brand-Rex worked closely with industry advocate Europacable to offer a full range of CE-marked products that comply with the new regulations. This required Brand-Rex gaining third-party certification and participating in an ongoing maintenance programme.

Brand-Rex continues to provide CPR support and advice to specifiers, installers, and the supply chain.

Also, for easy recognition of Euroclassification, in addition to CE-marked labelling, Brand-Rex is colour coding copper cabling. Our unique colour coding simplifies visual inspections and allows for easy verification of CPR classification. This helps avoid mislabelling or mixing old cable stock. More colour coding information will soon be released.

Trade within the EU has traditionally come up against a number of technical barriers, as each country has its own national standards and testing protocols. CPR’s streamlined set of standards was developed in consultation with members of the EEA to create a straightforward means to buy and sell construction products used in building and civil engineering projects.

The CE mark shows that a construction product is fit for purpose. It’s recognised throughout the EEA and represents a harmonised approach to setting and enforcing standards. CE-marked construction products meet seven basic requirements.

  1. Mechanical resistance and stability
  2. Safety in case of fire
  3. Hygiene, health, and environment
  4. Safety and accessibility in use
  5. Protection against noise
  6. Energy economy and heat retention
  7. Sustainable use of natural resources

For cabling, safety in the case of fire (#2) and sustainable use of natural resources (#7) are the two most important requirements. Brand-Rex offers copper and fibre cabling that meets both of these requirements.