BRUSSELS, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday it had approved plans by Berkshire Hathaway Inc to buy building products maker Johns Manville Corp.

Johns Manville, which had been searching for a buyer for nearly two years, said in December it would be acquired for $1.92 billion by Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company led by billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

The deal was approved under the Commission's simplified procedure, under which uncontroversial deals are cleared automatically after one month if no one raises any competition concerns.