Study on the environmental and health standards for construction products

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The Federal Office of Environment published a report on the environmental and health standards applied to construction products.

This document is the German contribution to the study of the European Union on hazardous materials in construction products and should inspire future European standards in this area.

The study provides information on the hazardous substances contained in materials, particularly concerning their use and toxic emission. It establishes otherwise handling recommendations in accordance with the format of the European standards on materials based on concrete and ground linings.

By establishing common standards among all countries, the European Commission wants to improve the free trade of building materials. Lack of consumer information harmonization hinders the development of poor materials into toxic products, because they do not stand out from others.

The report of the study (224 pages) is available in German, with
a summary in English on the website of the Federal Agency
the environment: http://www.umweltbundesamt.de

contacts:
- Frank Honerbach - Umweltbundesamt - tel: + 49 30 89 03 2226 - email:
pressestelle@uba.de
Sources: Depeche IDW, Press release of the Federal Agency
environmental 15 / 04 / 2005
Editor: Jerome Rougnon-Glasson,
jerome.rougnon-glasson@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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