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System certification: Ecological and technical-natural construction (NTMB)

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SYSTEM CERTIFICATION ?

Management systems aim for continuous improvement. They help companies to achieve set targets within a specific area. This means that the company must have continuous, repetitive processes focused on improvement. Management systems are built according to the “Deming circle” or “Plan-Do-Check-Act” cycle (PDCA).

A management system certificate shows that a company is able to systematically manage and improve risks and performance in function of the targets set. It shows the outside world that the company has a working management system and is striving for continuous improvement.

NTMB Zorgsysteem

ECOLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL-NATURAL CONSTRUCTION ?

Working according to the principles of ecological and technical-natural construction – NTMB* – means thinking about how building requirements can be met using materials that offer prospect for natural development. These products, based on organic or living materials, are often not as easy to compare as traditional materials. The objective of the NTMB management system is to systematically meet the company’s predetermined quality requirements for environmentally related products.

With the NTMB management system, a company shows that it wants to contribute to the improvement of the environment. In its current form, the management system focuses on the quality supply of materials used in ecological construction. In the future, it will also focus on the provision of related services.

(*) NTMB : Dutch abbreviation for natuurtechnische milieubouw, in English, ecological and technical-natural construction

ECOLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL-NATURAL CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS ?

Ecological and technical-natural building materials are materials whose purpose is to promote nature development, because vegetation can grow on or through them or because they are beneficial for fauna and flora. 

They are living materials (grasses, water and shore plants, forest goods), wood and derived products (poles and planks, sheet piling, dam walls, ridge and/or nursery wood), natural geotextiles and natural composites.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE NTMB MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ?

This quality assurance system is defined in the “Voorschriften 4.0 NTMB-zorgsysteem” (only available in Dutch), which deals with both organisational aspects and technical criteria of the materials. The greatest attention is given to the self-monitoring of the producer/supplier and the principles of sustainable entrepreneurship. Click here for more info.

CERTIFICATION REGULATIONS ?

The NTMB certificate is not a product certificate for materials, but a system certificate for the producer’s or supplier’s organisation. The procedure for obtaining this certificate is described in the “Certificatiereglement 4.0 NTMB-zorgsysteem” (only available in Dutch). Click here for more information.

WHO APPLIES FOR THE NTMB CERTIFICATE?

The “Standaardbestek 250 voor de Wegenbouw” (Standard Specifications 250 for road construction) requires the use of the NTMB certificate (or equivalent). Download the manual (only available in Dutch) on how to include NTMB in your technical specifications.

 

INTERESTED ?

Contact us for more information sending an email to karl.fonteyne@copro.eu 

COPRO is

  • the holder of the certification marksCOPRO(.EXE) logo:
    • COPRO for building products
    • COPRO.EXE for execution
    • NTMB for ecological and technical-natural materials NTMB Zorgsysteem
  • accredited by BELAC as inspection body (nr. 107-INSP), as products certification body (nr. 107-PROD) and as certification body for quality systems (nr. 107-QMS), BELAC 107 INSP BELAC 107 PROD BELAC 107 INSP - more information : https://economie.fgov.be/belac
  • notified by Europe for CE-marking as notified body nr. 1137Logo CE-marking - more information : http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/nando/
  • recognised by NBN as sector operatorLogo NBN - more information : www.nbn.be
  • recognised by BENOR npo as sector bodyLogo Benor - more information : www.benor.be
  • VLAREL certified by OVAM for the sampling of building materials and asbestos in heaps VLAREL - more information : www.ovam.be/vlarel
  • recognised by BUtgb as mandated certification instituteBUtgb - more information: www.butgb.be
  • recognised by SKAO as a certificate body for the system certification of the CO2 Performance Ladder - more info: www.skao.nl     Logo CO2 Prestatieladder