In 2011, the CPI Network celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special meeting of its Network members combined with the plenary meeting of ISO/COPOLCO (our international counterparts) in London. This included a Workshop, entitled "Homes for tomorrow - building through standards ISO COPOLCO 2011". The meeting was held at Grange St Paul's Hotel, London, 23-27 May 2011.
Grange St Paul's Hotel, London, 23-27 May 2011
"Homes for tomorrow- building through standards"
The right to shelter – a roof over our heads – is a basic need for all people. Increasingly, homes must withstand the consequences of extreme weather or be built rapidly in the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. With diminishing natural resources, new homes must be "green" and existing housing stock greener. These weighty topics were all part of the discussions at the ISO COPOLCO 2011 workshop being hosted by BSI, the UK National Standards Body, in London on 24 May 2011. The workshop was supported by the UK Government Department for Business Innovation and Skills. (The first COPOLCO meeting in London was in 1997.)
In 2011, the ISO COPOLCO event coincided with 60 years of consumer involvement in standardisation in the UK. This consumer participation in standards development started out as the "Women's Advisory Committee" in 1951, but has grown into the BSI Consumer & Public Interest Network (CPIN) with its associated Disabled Experts Reference Group. The CPIN is now chaired by TV consumer watchdog, Lynn Faulds Wood, and includes organisations such as Age UK, Citizens Advice, Consumer Focus, National Consumer Federation, Trading Standards Institute and Which? as well as the all-important individual CPI volunteers.
A CPI Network birthday party was held at Lincoln's Inn on the evening of the 24 May, with some very special guests.