OTTAWA — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is encouraging members to explore the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance Certification Program (CPCQA).
The program is marketed as a value-added step to ensure as-designed becomes as-built, manage risk, and provide safety and quality assurance, indicates a release, adding as an independent certifying body, the program is intended to benefit architects, owners, contractors, precast concrete industry and the Canadian public.
An RAIC representative will sit on the CPCQA Quality Assurance Council. The program currently certifies more than 80 per cent of the precast concrete production in Canada.
In 2017, the Canadian Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association (CCPPA), Canada’s two largest precast concrete associations, decided to establish a separate third-party independent body, with strict standards, to certify prestressed and non-prestressed precast concrete manufacturing facilities across Canada.
Two recognized plant certification programs were combined into the CPCQA — CPCI Certification Program for Structural, Architectural and Specialty Products and Production Processes (CPCI Certification) and the Plant Prequalification Program for Precast Concrete Drainage Products (PPP).
The certification process takes at least three months, and after being certified, the plants are visited twice per year, without advance notice, to certify whether they are operating according to CPCQA guidelines, states the release. Inspectors then create a detailed report outlining their findings and make recommendations for improvement.