Looking at the future of construction products

Looking at the future of construction products

BLOG · BY TTF CEO, DAVID HOPKINS · 30 March 2021

Our UK Softwood Conference 2021 tomorrow will be a chance to discuss major trade issues after a year of COVID, and, while going forward the market seems to have more certainty on its direction, there remains an undercurrent of uncertainty. We can see Brexit related issues which will last even as the effects of the pandemic subside, with UKCA marking chief among them.

TTF Head of Technical and Trade Nick Boulton recently updated the information on CE Marking and UKCA Marking on the TTF website after presenting to the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS). Nick notes again that while for 2021 CE or UKCA will be acceptable as UK conformance marks, it remains the case that from 1 January 2022 only UKCA marked products are valid on the UK market. This means to supply EU and UK markets EU suppliers will need two certifications.

A lack of mutual recognition between the UK and EU is set to lead to a duplication of effort, cost, and headaches for EU suppliers. Even now as the market moves to meet these new requirements there remain questions around both the future and implementation of UKCA marking. I encourage all our members to read Nick’s article, and to keep an eye out for further information in the coming months as we seek to get these questions answered.

While yesterday was only our first ever TTF Q&A Clinic, we suspect this lunch-hour chat forum for our members to share and discuss concerns and questions on all topics of to their work will be essential in the coming year. This session was focused on duty rate, how to treat timber, and start UKTR due diligence, with respective questions answered by Nick and TTF Sustainability Manager Xiao Ma.

Another significant change on the horizon is the adoption of the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), which I briefly went through on Friday’s blog. For those members wishing to learn more, please take a moment to check out our new webpage.

We expect all our members to provide clear, unambiguous, accurate, up-to-date, and ‘accessible’ information on products in line with the CCPI, and if you haven’t already, I would recommend you take a look at how your products are currently presented to ensure they meet these principles.

For those who would further insight into future of building safety in the UK, I recommend reading the write up on Peter Baker by Building Magazine, who is the new chief inspector of buildings and currently is setting up the new building safety regulator (BSR).

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