Irish Building Magazine: Surveyors appeal to Government: BC(A)R SI.9.

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New Building Regulations in force – Surveyors appeal to Government to increase resources for local authorities « Irish Building Magazine on 4th March 2014. Link:

http://www.irishbuildingmagazine.ie/2014/03/04/new-building-regulations-in-force-surveyors-appeal-to-government-to-increase-resources-for-local-authorities/

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is a key stakeholder involved in the formation of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). In this article Kevin Hollingsworth, Chair of the Building Surveying Professional Group of the SCSI said;

The new system will give a clear and auditable trail of responsibility for buildings which is good news for prospective home purchasers. The Society is also calling for the allocation of increased resources to local authorities for higher targeted inspection levels to ensure full compliance with the regulations

Comment:

We note under the Code of Practice there may not be a  “clear and auditable trail” or record under BC(A)R SI.9. Under the Code of Practice local authorities have avoided the necessity to retain submitted documents made under the new regulation. They are required only to retain a register or list of documents, not the actual documents themselves. In fact the responsibility for maintenance of all records resides with private companies or individuals, the Design and Assigned Certifiers, who could be employees of development companies. This would appear to be a key flaw in the new system. If Certifiers go bankrupt, are wound down or simply mislay electronic records key information required by consumers trying to obtain redress for defects post-completion through the courts may not be available. We note our previous post on the BCMS Elodgement system currently in operation in Local authorities. As this system has no security protocols there is no way to guarantee the veracity of information lodged at present. These are two major shortcomings in the current system.

Link to the code of practice:

2014-02-07 Code of Practice Building Control Regulations 2014

The above opinion piece was submitted by Maoilíosa Mel Reynolds on 5th March 2014.

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