RTÉ.ie Radio 28th Feb. ’14: Morning Ireland: Storm in a tea-cup? BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team

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In the following radio segments on Friday 28th 2014 the impending Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) is discussed. Many rural Councillors have called for deferral of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Self-builder Amanda and Raymond tell the interviewer that they are abandoning their dream home because of the new regulations. As they now have to employ a main contractor for their build they will no longer be able to afford their house. Legal advice confirms on the builder’s certificate of compliance “must be signed by the principal or director of a building firm”. Contrary to department of the environment and Minister’s statements, main contractors will be required on all new qualifying projects. The Construction Industry Federation welcome the regulations and suggests costs will increase. James, a sub-contractor, notes his own employment and a that of a great number of others will be adversely affected. Spokesperson Joan O’Connor of the architects representative body (RIAI) outlines the current RIAI policy requesting deferral on grounds of industry readiness, contracts being incomplete and documentation not being ready at this point on the eve of introduction. Link here:

http://www.rte.ie/news/morningireland/

Minister Hogan is interviewed in the following segment. He states there is no change to technical standards and suggests self-builders can continue in the role of builders. (This is in contrast to written statements he has made previously on the matter in November 2013). He suggests all stakeholders are ready and supportive of implementation of the regulations. He confirms the cost per house for SI.9 should be between €1000 and €3000. He suggests any other larger estimates are “wild exaggerations”. When asked about the builder’s completion certificate signature he does not answer the legal question. He is surprised after 2 years working on this legislation that there is late resistance to the introduction of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9). He contradicts the official RIAI spokesperson Joan O’Connor and suggests that recent calls for deferral are ill-timed and are made not officially by the RIAI but by a minority of architects. He goes on to say both president and Director of the RIAI are supportive of BC(A)R SI.9.

The above opinion piece was submitted by Maoilíosa Mel Reynolds on 28th February 2014.

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