As from July 1st 2017, with new CPR (Construction Products Regulation) rules on reaction-to-fire performance being implemented by the European Commission (EC), cabling for fixed installations can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works if they are not tested and certified according to the new CPR rule.
EUROCLASSES are the new uniform assessment methods or classifications that reflect real-life environments for building products based on reaction-to-fire performance.
The Euroclass Table defines seven classes for the reaction to the fire performance of cables. Analyzed in a simulated installation, measurements of flame spread, heat release, flaming droplets, smoke emission and corrosivity of gases are taken. Based on their performance, the cables are placed into the Euroclass system that indicates its behavior during a fire:
CPR, short for Construction Product Regulation, is Europe’s classification of cables based on their reaction to fire.
There exist seven different classes which define how a particular cable reacts to fire. Various criteria are taken into consideration when assessing a cable’s ability to resist fire, such as flame spread, smoke emission, corrosivity of gases, etc.
Do I need CPR cables?
The answer depends on where you are going to install your cables. Cables which are not tested and certified according to the Euroclass sytem can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works. In conclusion, you should check with local authorities if you plan on installing cables in a fixed installation, and particularity in public buildings.
How can I find CPR cables?
Use the filter called “CPR Euroclass” when you are in the Bulk Cables category.