Code for Construction
The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) will help organisations drive higher standards in the presentation of construction product information, prioritising building safety.
Whether written in a brochure, a presentation, on a website or social media, the CCPI will seek to provide assurance that users of product information have the necessary facts when making decisions about specifying or installing their verified products.
There are eleven Clauses of the CCPI (see below for more information) which cover a wide range of matters from responsibility for product information, to transparency of performance, proof of stated claims, general information and competency. The CCPI is built around five ‘acid tests’ - product information must be Clear, Accurate, Up-to-date, Accessible and Unambiguous.
The aim is that clients, specifiers and users will insist on only working with CCPI compliant products.
The CCPI will ensure:
- Independent and robust verification, working to regain the trust of the public and external stakeholders, setting the market for UK construction products ahead of others.
- Participating companies will benefit fundamentally from organising their systems and processes in relation to product information – supporting compliance with anticipated new regulatory requirements and giving specifiers, clients and users assurance regarding the information provided on the performance and use of the construction products they select.
- A focus on culture, leadership and ethics, CCPI will build trust, and support an environment for healthy challenge within organisations regarding product performance and safety and ensure that product information is reliable and correctly stated.
As the Building Safety Regulator and Construction Product Regulator get established, CCPI is an effective way for the industry to demonstrate it is up to the challenge and respond fully to the issues being raised.
PLEASE NOTE: THE PROCESS AND INFORMATION DETAILED HERE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS THE CCPI IS PILOTED UNTIL LATE 2021.
How the code will work
Organisations will undertake an online organisation assessment to validate leadership and culture of the organisation and their commitment to the ethos of the CCPI
Evidence and information to support the organisation's compliance to the eleven clauses of the CCPI will be submitted, assessed and independently verified to establish if they meet the standards of the CCPI
When the organisation's brand/or product sets successfully completes the verification processes to prove compliance with the CCPI, then a numbered, time-limited licenced mark will be awarded to demonstrate that the ‘Product Information’ provided by that company is compliant with the CCPI
The initial licence will be valid for two years. If there are changes to how Product Information is managed for verified product sets, and/or actual or potential product safety issues, there will be a requirement to inform the CCPI. Depending on the significance of the change, there may be a need to re-verify the product/set which could result in an additional charge.
We understand many organisations will be cautious about what may be seen as another layer of assurance for their products, and the additional burdens this may place on organisations, in already challenging times.
Recognizing the challenge for the industry that any fundamental change brings, the assurance processes for the verification of organisation’s construction product information will seek to leverage existing-third party assurance and product testing held by manufacturers.
CPI Ltd will use a specially developed online CCPI Verification Portal to gather responses from participating organisations to demonstrate how they meet the requirements of the verification framework. Each organisation will nominate a Code Lead for each product set they submit for verification. The Code Lead will oversee the uploading of the necessary information, data, and evidence that shows how the organisation’s product set(s) meet all eleven clauses of the CCPI.
The Code Lead must first complete a set of preliminary questions in order to tailor the survey and questionnaires for your organisation. These questions include:
- Details of organisation turnover, organisation size and structure.
- High-level information about your product sets and number of products.
After entering some preliminary information about your organisation, your organisation will progress through the five key steps of the CCPI verification process – you must successfully achieve all five steps to use the licenced marque for your product set(s):
- Leadership & Culture Survey
- Management Systems Questionnaire
- Organisation Assessment
- Product Set Submission
- Product Set Verification
Once the processes outlined above are successfully completed, a uniquely numbered Verification Certificate for each product set passing the verification process will be issued.
Organisation Assessment and Verification of Product Information are normally valid for up to 2 years, depending on the length of time it takes to successfully verify your submitted products.
How much will it cost?
CPI Ltd is currently developing the possible fee model based on market intelligence of comparable schemes and benchmarking other related market costs. The pilot work will also help to inform some of the relevant variables.
CPI Ltd expects there will be fees for registering an organisation, for the verification of Leadership and Culture and Management Systems, and verification of Product Sets. Fees will be based on organisation turnover and size of the organisation, the product set, type of product and amount of products in the set.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) will administer the Code for Construction Product Information registrations and verifications.
Summary - The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) was created to promote an urgent and positive culture and behaviour change in the way the construction product manufacturing industry manages and provides information on their products. The CCPI was initiated by the Construction Product Association (CPA) as a direct response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Background - The importance of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety will not be lost to all those working in the built environment post-Grenfell. Her review, as well as the subsequent inquiry into what went wrong at Grenfell, has made clear the need to address the marketing practices of construction product organisations. It has become abundantly clear that the industry must ensure construction product information is communicated in a clear and accurate way.
To address the findings of her report, the Construction Products Association established its Marketing Integrity Group (CPA MIG) in 2018. A team of marketing and technical experts was brought together, which represented many different types of building materials and experience, as well as representation from government, and some trade bodies.
After an initial Call for Evidence Survey in 2019, it was apparent that change was needed and the MIG set about creating a new Code of Conduct to ensure construction manufacturing organisations provide reliable, accurate information.
The CPA asked the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), an experienced, not for profit organisation, to set up the Construction Product Information Limited as a new not-for-profit organisation responsible for administering and managing the forthcoming Code.
The role of CPI Ltd will be to guard the Code, to assess and verify registrations, and to manage and audit registrants on an ongoing basis. CPI Ltd will put in place an independent skills-based governance structure.
CPI LTD Governance
CPI Ltd is being established as a not-for-profit organisation with independent management and governance. As such it will be governed by a voluntary Board of Non-Executive Directors who will provide:
- Strategic direction – provide valued contributions and act as a constructive critic in looking at the objectives and plans devised by the Chief Executive and the executive team.
- Monitor performance – take responsibility for monitoring the performance of executive management, especially regarding the progress made towards achieving organisational key results and the determined organisation strategy and objectives.
- Policy – working with the Chief Executive, set in place policies for the direction of the Code
- Communication – help connect the business and Board with networks of potentially useful people and organisations.
- Risk – satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible.
- Audit – it is the duty of the whole Board to ensure that the company accounts properly to its owner by presenting a true and fair reflection of its actions and financial performance and that the necessary internal control systems are put into place and monitored regularly and rigorously.
Independent certification is most important
in order to cut through the marketing hype
- As a qualified fire engineer, I must be confident about the performance of materials, products and systems in the context of fire safety design, where I am involved in the design, specification, approval and commissioning
- When selecting a product, accurate information and indication that products are certified are critical