Training for Circular Economy in the Construction and Furniture Sectors

CE-label for reused/recycled building materials

The well-known European CE-label (Conformité Européenne- European Conformance) is a guarantee for a product’s fulfilment of all applicable safety directives. All building materials, that are regulated through a standard, must have the CE-Label to be marketed in EU. Until now, it has not been possible to CE-label a reused/recycled building material, including e.g. bricks, due to the lack of a standard or methods description. Such a description has now been developed for recycled bricks and approved in all EU countries. The main driver for the development of the technical description was the Danish company “Gamle Mursten” (“Old Bricks”). The company chose to set the same requirements to the recycled bricks as to new ones, based on DS/EN 771-1:2011+A1:2015. The recycled bricks can, however, only be used in masonry, where the requirement to the rock strength does not exceed 20 MPa.