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All of the actors working directly or indirectly in the building and construction economy have made increasing progress in understanding, accepting and integrating the concepts of quality, health and safety. Drawing on relays like the AFNOR to apply these concepts has enabled them to take concrete steps towards meeting integrated growth objectives in a well-contoured society-conscious framework.
Today the sector has to contend with new pressure to internalize the environmental impact of the construction economy, not just in terms of ecosystems but also in how it uses the materials and resources required to see worksite projects through.
The environment is a major issue in the EU, to the extent that there is enormous pressure on sector professionals to integrate the environmental component into technical specifications for construction products. This is where the AFNOR steps in as the body responsible for CE marking on products governed by European Directive 89/106/EEC.