Dáil: Minister surprised at TD support for architects: BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team

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In the following exchange Thomas Pringle TD asks questions to Minister Hogan concerning enforcement and independent oversight of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). The Minister states “I do not intend to defer the regulations as the RIAI advocates…

The RIAI are the representative body for architects, a key stakeholder involved in the formation of  Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) who have repeatedly called for deferral of SI.9 (previously SI.80). RIAI members voted overwhelmingly at EGM in October 2014, that SI.9 was not in the interests of the consumer or industry. An official RIAI letter requesting deferral was sent on January 15th sent to Minister Hogan and subsequent letter to Minister Bruton. The compelling case for deferral made by the RIAI was discussed in earlier post “RIAI call for deferral of BC(A)R SI.9” Minister Hogan introduced a part-deferral SI.105 on 7th March less than one week after implementation of BC(A)R SI.9. This part-deferral mitigated some of the unintended consequences mentioned by the RIAI on school and hospital projects by allowing specific projects apply for exemptions.

Link to 12 Mar 2014: Dáil debates (KildareStreet.com):

kildarestreet.com debates: Building+control

Thomas Pringle (Donegal South West, Independent)

7. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he has considered the concerns of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland in respect of the new regulations regarding the inspection of building works at key stages during construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11912/14]… …This question relates to the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and its concerns about the new building regulations and asks what consideration the Minister has given to these concerns.

Phil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)

I am surprised that Deputy Pringle has taken upon himself to support the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Every effort has been made to ensure that arrangements have been in place for a successful transition to the new building control arrangements on and from 1 March 2014…

… As local authorities and industry now move to full implementation of the new regulatory arrangements, my Department will continue to work with all parties to ensure they understand their obligations and the steps necessary to meet them. I do not intend to defer the regulations as the RIAI advocates

… I expect the regulations will dramatically improve the end result for many customers. The people in Priory Hall and similar buildings around the country deserve no better than to have a proper system in place that will be policed and enforced. I am determined to do that.”

 

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