The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) was published in September 2021, following a consultation process.
The Code has been prepared by the Marketing Integrity Group (MIG), which was established by the Construction Products Association (CPA) in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s report Building A Safer Future.
We first wrote about the Code in May when a draft version was out for consultation. You can read about the background and aims of the Code, together with our original thoughts on it, in our post on ‘what you need to know about the Code for Construction Product Information’. This new blog post updates our thinking following the Code’s publication.
What has changed now the Code for Construction Product Information has been published?
At the time of writing the CCPI – together with supporting guidance and details of the assessment process – has been published. Assessors for the scheme are being recruited. Manufacturers have been invited to express their interest in signing up, but cannot yet be assessed, meaning no company or organisation can claim to be compliant.
The MIG promised that any necessary changes would be made to the CCPI in response to the consultation, but the published version came out just weeks after the consultation report. Any changes seemed to be minimal and appeared not to address legitimate concerns that were raised at the consultation stage.
According to the consultation report, architects and design professionals who responded to the consultation seemed to be broadly in favour of the CCPI. However, it was interesting to note the number of responses that centred on manufacturers offering specific types of information – especially around sustainability and environmental impact.
The objective of the CCPI is not to make manufacturers provide all of the information that design professionals and specifiers want or will find useful. It is to give reassurance that the information they do provide meets the five criteria set out by the Code.
The consultation suggested there is a demand for information on sustainability that is not currently being met. At the present time, therefore, manufacturers would seem likely to benefit more from investing their time and money in providing transparent information to meet that demand, such as in the form of environmental product declarations (EPDs), over pursuing CCPI accreditation.
It will remain interesting to watch the progress of the CCPI as the first adopters sign up and begin the assessment process.
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For any questions regarding our product information, to find out more about how we’re engaging with the CCPI, or to discuss how extruded polystyrene could benefit your current project, contact us.