Architects will have to take the sustainability of products into account if proposals to replace the Construction Products Directive go ahead.

The plans are included in the European commission’s final draft of the Construction Products Regulations, published this week. The regulations would introduce a common language to describe the performance and characteristics of products across the EU.

The proposals also include a requirement to take into account the sustainable use of natural resources. This includes ensuring the recyclability of structures, materials and parts after demolition.

John Tebbit, deputy chief executive of the Construction Products Association, said: “This sounds simple but could have quite an effect. Architects will have to think more about design and how things will be taken apart.”

He said products affected may include composites and plasterboards that incorporate phase change materials.

The legislation would probably be implemented through the Building Regulations. If the proposals are approved by the European parliament they will be fully implemented by June 2011.