The Construction Products Regulation was introduced to clarify legislative requirements, simplify the process of compliance, improve credibility and strengthen sustainability.
Companies supplying non-compliant or poor performing products are exploiting legislative loopholes which were intended for bespoke one-off crafts people working on highly intricate heritage projects in a truly bespoke manner (non-series production) where it would not be economic to go through the lengthy process of CE marking.
We believe that any supplier who is using a standard manufactured frame in a standard roof light application (series production) should make sure they comply with the minimum standards for building regulation compliance and those covered by the basic CE marking process. The CE marking process sets "benchmark" standards against which all products can be compared. Since all roof lights are made to measure for specific project orders, there is really no excuse for not having compliance data for the CE product performance process since under the Construction Products Regulation for windows and doors it is the responsibility of installers, fabricators and suppliers to comply. Without official independent product performance verification by an accredited notified body, we believe it would be unwise to rely solely on a manufacturers product claim if you are working on a building which is expected to perform to particular environmental standards.
What do I need to ask for?
From 1st July 2013, installers must supply the CE mark for the roof light which will be in the form of a product "declaration of conformity". If the installer buys the frames from one supplier and the glass from another - then they will have to provide a CE mark for each product.
VITRAL roof lights: