Code for Construction
Product Information

BACKGROUND


CPI LTD Governance

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. So that 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 with independent governance, 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 assess registrants on an ongoing basis. CPI Ltd will put in place an independent skills-based governance structure.

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 – develop purpose, values and culture; 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.
  • Policy – working with the Chief Executive, set in place policies for the direction of the Code
  • Communication – work with the Chief Executive, help connect the organisation with networks of potentially useful people and organisations and with relevant developments in the stakeholder environment.
  • Risk – satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial and non-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.
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  • 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
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