The new proposed Code for Construction Products Information (CCPI) is made up of 11 Clauses, and split across four sections:
- Information creation (Clauses 1-3)
- Core information (Clauses 4-7)
- Associated information (Clauses 8-9)
- Support and competence (Clauses 10-11)
In a new series of weekly blogs, Adam Turk (CEO of Siderise) and Catherine Fyfe (Marketing Director of Polypipe) explain each section of the Code and its importance to achieving better data for safer building. Adam and Catherine are also Chair and Vice Chair of the Construction Products Association’s Marketing Integrity Group.
In the first blog, Adam covers Clauses 1-3 from Information Creation, which looks at version control & language used.
In this second blog, Catherine explains Sections 2 & 3: Core Information & Associated Information (Clauses 4-9).
If you’ve been following the Grenfell enquiry, then you’ll already know the devastating repercussions of not having accurate construction product performance information. It would be remiss of us not to include this important information as a central part of the code.
Clauses four and five go into the detail of the performance information, paying particular attention to the clarity and accessibility of that information. Construction product performance information is vital to the overall performance of a system and therefore the building, whether that be from a health, safety, and/or environment perspective. It is therefore vital for manufacturers to be clear about their product performance, intended applications and where known inappropriate applications.
In addition to performance information, physical characteristics and handling and installation information is of equal importance. There is no point specifying a construction product on performance alone; if the product doesn’t fit in the space or is not installed correctly, then the product will not achieve its intended performance. Clauses six to eight, go into the detail. However, effort should be made by manufacturers to think of what construction product information is required by all stakeholders of the product, from specifiers to installers and on to facilities managers. Ensuring maintenance manuals are kept for the duration of the building and information regarding end of life recycling or disposal will mean buildings and their systems are maintained to their intended performance and any product disposal contributes to a circular economy.
Often products are sold based on their guarantees or warranties, but these statements in themselves can be misrepresented. The interchangeability of the words warranty, service life and durability in the industry is vast and at its core is unclear. A statement about a products durability is not the same as a warranty and manufacturers and users alike should be clear about what is being offered as well as what is being sought after. This is covered in detail in Clause nine.
Most manufacturers in the construction products industry are trying to do the right thing and provide information as they best deem appropriate. The Code for Construction Product Information aims to instil trust in our industry by providing more transparency and accountability, such that users of product information will know that code-compliant manufacturers’ information can be relied upon for them to use. Code compliance will be demonstrated by use of a numbered CCPI logo which can then be checked back to a master website to confirm that the manufacturer is still a part of the scheme.