CPR fire safety regulations

CPR fire safety regulations

What you need to know about the CPR NEN 8012 regulations
  • What does CPR regulation mean and what does the CPR NEN 8012 mean for you?
  • How and why did the CPR regulations originate?
  • How do you find the right fireproof cable for each fire risk? Who is responsible?
Below you will find the answers to your questions.

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What is CPR regulation?

The social importance of fire safety is increasing. People spend most of their time in buildings, unaware of the dangers that are present in the field of fire. Despite the fact that approximately 90% of all fires that break out every year take place in buildings. Guaranteeing quality in the use of building materials is therefore essential. CPR (Construction Products Regulation) is a European regulation that ensures that the essential characteristics and performance that construction products must meet are subject to clear requirements.

What is the purpose of the CPR?

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is intended to provide reliable information on construction products, in relation to the performance of the products. This is achieved by providing a "common technical language" to determine uniform assessment methods for the performance of the construction products. Those assessment methods shall be drawn up in harmonised technical specifications. This uniform technical language should be applied by:
  • Manufacturers in communicating the performance of their products
  • Member State authorities in specifying requirements
  • Users (architects, engineers, constructors, etc.) when choosing which products to use

Which cables are covered by the CPR?

The following cables are subject to the CPR regulations:
  • Cables that are intended to be used for the provision of electricity and communication in buildings and other civil engineering works and subject to fire performance requirements.
  • Cables intended for the provision of electricity, communications, fire detection and alarms in buildings and other civil engineering works.

What performance characteristics of cables are covered by CPR?

The performance of cables that fall under the CPR are:
  • Fire behaviour
  • Function Preservation
  • Release of hazardous substances under normal use, disassembly and recycling

Which fire classes apply to the fire behaviour (Reaction to fire)?

In order to describe the fire behaviour of cables, cables are classified in a Euroclassification that consists of seven fire classes and the corresponding contribution to the fire:

The four classes in bold are relevant for the Netherlands in the context of NEN 8012. Heat release and fire propagation are the most important criteria. Smoke development, falling burning material and acidity of flue gases are additionally classified. 

What is the NEN 8012?

As described above, the CPR cables are classified in different fire classes. In order to determine the correct fire classification for the application of cables in buildings the NEN 8012 has been published in the Netherlands. The NEN 8012, which exists since 2015, incorporates the new European CPR requirements. The number of classifications is limited to four: B2ca-s1,d1,a1, Cca-s1,d1,a1, Dca-s3,d2,a3 and Eca.

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