The Code for Construction Product Infomation (CCPI) has been officially published today in a bid to drive higher and clearer standards in the manufacturing and construction industry. This code has been in the pipeline for a while, with the Hackitt review calling for a radical rethink in construction product information following the Grenfell tower disaster.
Management of the published Code and its verification has been formally handed over from the Construction Products Association to Construction Product Information Ltd (CPI Ltd) – a not-for-profit organisation with independent governance and management being set-up to administer the CCPI.
CCPI – developed by the Construction Products Association’s marketing integrity group following industry-wide consultation – has been built on the principle that product information must be clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous.
The contents of the CCPI should not come as a shock to members, with the TTF working closely with the CPA on the code’s principles. Our campaigns on Chinese plywood and timber treatments are driven by the same ethics as the CCPI and have ensured that product descriptions are accurate and trustworthy for customers.
We encourage TTF members to align themselves with the ethics behind its development, which will in future be integrated into our Code of Conduct, and to ensure they can demonstrate to customers their conformity with the principles and practices which it comprises.
More guidance on the CCPI can be found in the ‘Preparing for the Code‘ information pack. The TTF will also be looking to create a map of the CCPI training, skills, and education needs of our members, wherever they sit along the wood supply chain.
In other news, I am delighted to announce that TTF’s ‘Conversations about Climate Change’ project won the Environmental Achievement Award at the TTJ Awards last Friday. A big thank you to all those who took part and ensured its success, and congratulations to all of the winners from across all categories.
Have a great week all.
TIMBER AND THE HOUSING AND CLIMATE CRISES
The UK is in a housing crisis with a House of Commons Library briefing paper in 2021 estimated 345,000 homes need to be built in England per year.
Reducing carbon emission in construction is essential, with nearly half of the UK’s total carbon emissions within our borders can be attributed to our built environment.
Timber is an existing low-carbon solution to these crises, and there exists significant growth potential for this industry.
Webinar: Responsible Timber Sourcing
Cost: Free for TTF members
The full list of the TDUK Sustainability Series webinars can be found here
Webinar: Timber and bio-based materials at UN Climate Change Conferences
Cost: Free for TTF members
Join ASBP and the Timber Accelerator Hub for a lunchtime webinar on the latest research and developments for timber and bio-based materials regarding the UN Climate Change Conferences.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government will become the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
The change comes as former Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane was today appointed as the new Head of the Levelling Up Taskforce.
The taskforce has been jointly established by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove MP.
A new construction minister has also been announced, with Greg Hands succeeding Anne-Marie Trevelyan following the recent cabinet reshuffle
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published a new edition of the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work, alongside an accompanying guide.
The new Overlay aligns with the 2020 Plan of Work and details the relevant tasks that must be actioned at each project stage to successfully deploy the DfMA approach.
The new Overlay has been endorsed by Mark Farmer, Founder of Cast Consultancy and UK Government MMC Champion for Homebuilding.
TTF member UPM Plywood is now of the sponsors for the Finnish Soul Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden is comprised of a sauna with a cool-off area and a seaside garden as a recreational facility for the city dwellers “reflecting traditional seaside life and communality in harmony with the surrounding nature”.
Wood and wood-derived materials are featured prominently in the garden.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is running from 21 September to 26 September.
Located at Observation Point along the South Bank in London, The Cube by VELUX will be part of this years London Design Festival.
Showcasing an arrangement of nine VELUX roof windows, the Cube by VELUX is designed with an integrated mirror effect for a modern depiction of the sky.
The Cube by VELUX is open from 18th – 26th September.
Construction News’ CN100 has revealed the UK’s largest contractors have seen at least £600m worth of profit wiped out as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reduced revenue resulting from lower levels of output under social distancing measures on sites, coupled with delays to new jobs starting, made it harder for contractors to cover their overheads and eroded profits.
The industry has seen a recovery in 2021, however labour shortages and rising material costs continue to be a bottleneck on growth.
There is a “six out of 10” chance of getting other countries to sign up to financial and environmental targets ahead of November’s key COP26 climate change conference, according to Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson is in the US for a UN meeting where he will urge leaders to take “concrete action” on the issue.
COP26 president Alok Sharma, who is with the PM, earlier revealed that Chinese President Xi Jinping had not yet committed to attending the conference.
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