CPA’s Capelhorn to speak at GGF event

The CPA’s Peter Capelhorn

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has confirmed that Peter Capelhorn will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Members’ Day (taking place on 26 September, Kensington, London).

Capelhorn is the chief executive of the Construction Products Association (CPA) and has led the technical and safety work to ensure that the UK and EU policy and regulatory framework supports the UK construction products industry.

A chartered architect with more than 35 years of experience, Peter currently holds a number of key roles across the construction sector, including:

  • Chair of CB (the British Standards Institution’s Strategic Committee for Construction)
  • Chair of RIBA’s Regulations and Standards Group
  • Chair of the BIM (Building Information Modelling) Task Group’s BIM4Regs working group.

In 2015, Peter received an honorary membership from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and in 2017, he was awarded honorary membership of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

He has given evidence at several All Party Parliamentary Inquiries regarding construction and has appeared on a number of television and radio interviews and live event programmes including Grand Designs Live. In addition, Peter has also authored publications such as  “Whole Life Costing: A New Approach” published in 2012 and has frequently published articles for the RIBA Journal, Building Design, Building Magazine and many others. His second book “Health and Safety and the Plan of Work” was published in 2016.

Most recently he has represented the CPA at the Industry Response Group initiated by government to steer actions to make existing buildings safe in the wake of the Grenfell disaster. Additionally, he was asked by Dame Judith Hackitt to chair the Regulations Working Group for the Hackitt Review and sit on the “Products and the Golden Thread” working groups.

The news of Capelhorn’s involvement in Member’s Day coincides with the GGF’s response to three government consultations related to fire safety including: A technical review of building bulletin 100: Design for fire safety in schools (submitted to the Department of Education); A call for evidence related to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (submitted to the Home Office) and Building a safer future: proposals for the reform of the building safety regulatory system (submitted to Department of Business Energy Industrial Strategy).

Adrian Blaydon, GGF technical officer and secretary of the Fire Resistant Glazing Group said: “Given the significant scale and scope of all three consultations, the GGF ensured comprehensive responses were delivered against extremely tight deadlines.”

The GGF says it will continue to lobby local and national government to gather greater momentum on educating all those responsible for fire safety in buildings.

GGF Members’ Day is a free event for all companies in the GGF membership. For more information please contact