Peter Caplehorn is the Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association. He previously was Deputy Chief Executive where he led the work to ensure that the UK and EU policy and regulatory framework – particularly for technical and sustainability issues – supported a growing and profitable UK construction products industry.
Peter is a Chartered Architect with more than 38 years of experience, but is particularly respected for his leadership across the wider construction industry in a number of key national roles. Most recently he has represented the CPA at the Industry Response Group, initiated by the UK Government to advise and organise a response that will help make existing buildings safe in the wake of the Grenfell disaster. He was also asked by Dame Judith Hackitt to chair the Regulations working group for her independent review, as well as to sit on both the Products and the Golden Thread working groups. In addition, in 2018 Peter was asked by the UK Housing Minister to support a government working group on modern methods of construction in the housing sector.
In addition, Peter is the chair of CB/- (the British Standards Institution’s strategic committee for construction); he represents the sector on many Government and Industry committees. Recently he was invited to join the CLC task group and co-chairs the Building Safety Work stream the Product Availability Group and chairs the Regulatory Alignment Group.
Past industry involvement includes chair of RIBA’s Regulations and Standards Group; chair of the BIM Task Group’s BIM4Regs working group; chair of the CIC health and safety committee; and nine years as, deputy chair of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) with eight years as a RIBA Council member.
Prior to joining the Association, Peter was the Technical Director at the award-winning architectural practice Scott Brownrigg, where he was responsible for all areas of technical compliance, regulations, health and safety and quality control. He has worked on a range of projects such as offices, housing, schools, industrial plants and airports. Concurrently, Peter also chaired several major industry events and was central to the delivery of several British Standards and Publicly Available Specifications; for example, PAS 91 and BS 8560. He has given evidence at several All Party Parliamentary Enquiries, and appeared on a number of television and radio interviews and live event programmes including Grand Designs Live.
Peter is the author of 'Whole Life Costing: A New Approach' published in 2012 and has frequently published articles for the RIBA Journal, Building Design, Building and others. His second book 'Health and Safety and the Plan of Work' was published in 2016.
In 2015 Peter was delighted to receive an honorary membership from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and in 2017 honorary membership of the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Most recently as a response to Dame Judith Hackitt recommendations, Peter instigated the development of the Code for Construction Product Information through the independently chaired Marking Integrity Group.