Standardisation- SBS attends plenary of CEN/TC-442 in Building Information Modelling

As part of its role in coordinating construction activities for SBS, EBC took part in the CEN Technical Committee 442 plenary meeting, dedicated to the standardisation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The meeting convened on June 13 in Vienna, Austria, bringing together representatives of national standards bodies and key stakeholders to discuss advancements in standardisation of BIM. In addition, a workshop held the previous day focused on the committee’s role in developing digital standards that align with and support the new Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The workshop began by outlining the ambitions of the revised Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), with a focus on implementing Digital Product Passports (DPPs). These passports aim to provide comprehensive product information, necessitating common standards for data collection, formatting, storage, and exchange. Presentations included the work of the CEN-CENELEC Joint TC 24 on DPP development and the European Commission’s goals. Discussions then centred on how standards developed by CEN TC 442 can specifically support DPP implementation for construction products and the committee’s role in ensuring that product technical committees deliver standards compatible with DPP formats. The workshop also emphasised the importance of supporting SMEs and creating user-friendly standards for them.

On the second day, the plenary session provided a platform to update and coordinate the activities of the various Working Groups within the Technical Committee. Discussions also included collaboration with ISO. Additionally, PDT Norge was introduced as an initiative focused on developing standardised, machine-readable product data templates (PDTs) to clearly and unambiguously document building materials’ properties.

EBC is actively promoting the development of standards that support the digitalisation of construction SMEs. Through SBS, EBC is also coordinating a project aimed at developing a compatibility policy for IFC, which will assist SMEs in adopting BIM technologies.

You can read more about this in the relevant position paper.