Dr Andrew Smith to Chair the Masonry Products European Technical Committee

Lucideon is pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Smith, Head of Sustainability & Construction Materials, has been elected Chair of the European Technical Committee responsible for masonry products, CEN TC125.

Within the context of European Standardisation for Construction (materials and structures), CEN Technical Committee 125 (CEN TC125) is responsible for the standardisation in the field of clay masonry units, calcium silicate, dense aggregate concrete, lightweight aggregate concrete, autoclaved aerated concrete, natural stone, manufactured stone, masonry mortar, masonry ancillary components and associated test methods.

The work of the Technical Committee is divided into 6 Working Groups that cover masonry units, mortars, ancillary components, test methods, the application of external rendering and internal plastering, and the thermal properties of masonry. In addition, there are a number of Convener Task Groups that work on specific wider aspects of the construction sector and regulation/legislation such as Regulated Dangerous Substances and Environmental Product Declarations.

The Secretariat of this committee is held by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and, as per convention, the UK has also provided the Chair for the committee. Over the past 12 years John Haynes from the NHBC has been the Chair of TC125, and steered the masonry sector through turbulent times in the development and implementation of masonry related European Standards.

Dr Andrew Smith, commented:

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have been appointed Chair of TC125 and to have the trust and faith of my European colleagues in maintaining the drive and progress made in the standardisation process in recent years. It is only right for me to thank and salute the outgoing Chair, John Haynes, who has been an excellent Chair over the past 12 years. He will be a very hard act to follow, but I’m relishing the opportunity and the challenge of maintaining “accord” throughout Europe and the balance between functional, meaningful standards that inform the engineer, designer, architect and consumer, and that show the masonry products are “fit for purpose” and meet industry requirements.

“The next 5 years or so will be very challenging for all the construction standards committees, not only will there be the routine periodic review of the product standards themselves, and the ongoing assimilation of the existing standards into the new Construction Products Regulation (CPR), but also revisions to the mandates from the European Commission that will include guidance in the standards of what and how to declare Regulated Dangerous Substances and make Environmental Product Declarations. Both of which are substantial extensions to the information provided within the existing context of the standards and CE marking.

“These two areas are aimed at providing the framework by which manufacturers can provide additional environmental, resource efficiency and general sustainability information, so that the end user is better placed to utilise this information in building design tools such as BIM (Building Information Modeling), as well as the fundamental in-service performance properties and characteristics already provided.”

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