In the European Union, there have been very few discussions about the importance of the new Construction Products Regulation, which entered in full force last July. On the one hand, this little resonance is understandable, given the highly specialized subject of the CPR, but on the other, it does surprise that very few observers and commentators underlined how this new regulation can improve the everyday life of European Citizens.
Hopefully, some data will help us to explain what we’re talking about.
As reported by Europacable, fire kills 4,000 people every year in Europe: the median fire death rate per 100.000 inhabitants was near 1 in each year since 2001 to 2013. Moreover, 90% of fire deaths were caused by fires in buildings, from where it is much more difficult to escape, even if only a third of fires originated in buildings. That is because 90% of our time is spent inside buildings, and because today fire can engulf a room in less time than 50 years ago. The Swedish SRSA in a report on Fire Prevention states that "in 1950 the average time from ignition of a fire to flashover was 15 minutes. Then, 25 years ago, that time was down to 5 minutes and now fatal conditions can occur after 3 minutes. This change has come about because of the increase of plastics in our homes, nothing else".