We would like to thank Dipl. Ing. Roland Schreiner for his contribution to the topic of VDI/KEYMARK. He is head of the testing laboratory for structural thermal insulation on FIW Munich and permanent leader of the laboratory group of the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) and responsible for the Scheme Development Group.
Insulation VDI / KEYMARK – a voluntary certification program
The aim of the EU Construction Products Regulation is, among other things, a uniform regulation for the marketing of construction products, their free movement of goods and the removal of technical barriers to trade within the EU economic area. The requirements for essential characteristics of insulating materials described in European harmonized product standards cannot be again regulated nationally. The product quality systems required in some Member States are considered by the European Commission as barriers to trade and will become more and more insignificant in the future.
Roland Schreiner, FIW München
In a free economic area without trade barriers, there can only be an European quality assurance such as the Insulation VDI / KEYMARK system for insulation materials in buildings and in technical building equipment as well as for industrial installations. The EU Construction Products Regulation clearly defines the framework for the declaration of essential characteristics by the manufacturer by means of the CE marking. An important component of the voluntary VDI / KEYMARK certification program are the annual product tests of all declared properties that are not provided for the CE marking for insulating materials and therefore provide the end user with the added value required by the EU Construction Products Regulation in addition to the CE mark.
The Third party control of the declared product performance increases the level of security of the proof of usability of insulating materials for the relevant national applications.