CCPI verification for Steel Framing Systems

Continuous investment in independent performance testing and quality assurance keeps voestalpine Metsec’s construction solutions at the forefront of the construction industry. Ensuring that the data and information derived from these tests is conveyed in a clear, unambiguous fashion is key to providing specifiers, installers and users with confidence in the systems’ capabilities and suitability for their projects.

It is why voestalpine Metsec has become one of the earliest adopters of the Code for Construction Products Information (CCPI), introduced by the Construction Products Association in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, set up following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Recent company-wide investment in new systems and resources has seen the company achieve verification with the CCPI for several of its construction solutions, the latest of which is SFS light gauge galvanized steel structural framing systems.

Chris Holleron, Sales Director for voestalpine Metsec’s Framing Division, states, “SFS has been the construction industry’s leading steel framing system for years, enjoying a reputation for independently verified performance and quality. This is backed up by dedicated design and sales support which ensures that we deliver effective, value-engineered solutions that meet our customers’ requirements.

“Our messaging has always been founded on open, honest presentations of our capabilities and the recent CCPI verification is testament to this. It will give specifiers and customers with even greater confidence when choosing SFS.”

CCPI aims to address the stipulation from Dame Hackitt’s review that construction product information needs to be communicated in a clear and accurate way. Its aim is to help organisations drive for higher standards in the presentation of construction product information, with a priority on building safety.

CCPI verifications are undertaken by Verifiers from Construction Products Information Ltd. and are carried out on a company’s specific products and systems, not the company as a whole. As such, an organisation or brand cannot, in itself, gain verification or make any claims of conformance beyond a specific product set.

voestalpine Metsec has set up a rigorous information review process to ensure that messaging from all divisions is based on accurate, verifiable data and that this information is presented in a clear and accessible manner, which can be easily found and assimilated by its intended target audience.

Alan Harris, Quality and BIM Compliance Director at voestalpine Metsec, states, “We pride ourselves on being the best in the markets in which we operate. Independently verified product performance is a key factor in maintaining our position at the forefront of our industry and CCPI verification provides specifiers and customers with added confidence of in the veracity of our product information.

“Our formal internal processes review all performance statements before they are released for external use, whether these be in technical, sales or marketing activity. The system ensures that the product performance statements we make are as clear and accurate as possible.”