The technical work of the association is done in some 40 internal committees involving around 300 experts from member companies and the teams of the Head Office Frankfurt and the Europe Office Brussels. The internal committees are subdivided in technical committees, which reflect the respective market segments of the construction chemicals industry, and in subordinate working parties and project groups.
These committees mostly focus on product groups and actively accompany the technical standardisation and legislation on construction and chemicals. The concerns of the industry are given a voice, and our member companies are supported in the implementation of the resulting new provisions. For this purpose, sector-specific views are discussed at regular meetings, joint positions are developed, and further activities are agreed on. Additionally, target group-oriented items of information and publications are prepared for planners, users and trade regarding product-related issues, environment and health protection, and occupational health and safety. Teaching and training materials are another point of interest.
Deutsche Bauchemie has a highly active external role too and is represented on many national and European specialist bodies. It is also worth noting that Deutsche Bauchemie is in intensive contact with partner sector organisations and is a sector association of the German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI). All this brings a wide range of synergy effects.
Details on the various committees and their topical issues can be accessed below.
Committee “Product Stewardship” covers all the cross-sectional topics which are usually relevant not only to individual product sectors but quite often to the whole spectrum of construction chemical products.
To be able to address the huge variety of frequently complex topic areas in the required depth of detail, the committee has set up several working groups where the individual subjects can be fully discussed. The Committee and its subordinate WGs have structured their work as follows:
- European and national chemicals legislation
- Health assessment of emissions into indoor air
- Environmental evaluation of leaching in soil, ground and surface waters
- National and European construction products legislation (i.a. CPR)
- Sustainable building (including environmental product declarations – EPD)
- Polymers (microplastics, polymer registration)