Agency chiefs urge greener building supplies

Put environment on equal footing with health in revision of EU construction products directive, says EPA Network

The heads of 28 European environment agencies have called on the European commission to address the environmental impacts of building materials in an upcoming revision of the EU's construction products directive.

The 1989 directive established minimum standards - "essential requirements" - for construction products in areas such as safety in use and noise protection.  Under a "hygiene, health and the environment" requirement, the rules currently list water, air and soil pollution as possible threats.

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