CE marking becomes a mandatory requirement in the UK for technical insulation products manufactured and sold in the EU from 1st July 2013.

From this date, under the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR), it will become obligatory for manufacturers to apply CE marking to any of their products which are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA).

The CPR harmonises the methods of assessment and test, the means of declaration of product performance and the system of conformity assessment of construction products. Such required values must be expressed in a consistent manner (technical language) as used in the harmonised technical specifications.

The recently agreed harmonised standard for technical insulation products includes a new European fire classification which includes an assessment for smoke development and the burning droplets associated with insulation materials in the event of fire.

With this in mind, Armacell has announced that its Armaflex Ultima product range has achieved a fire class BL -s1, d0 (in tube form, or B –s2, d0 in sheet form) rating within the harmonised technical insulation materials classification.  This new product exhibits ten times less smoke development compared to a standard elastomeric product, as well as exhibiting zero tolerance toward the development of burning droplets or particles in fire conditions.