Practical post 15: Code of conduct issues

by Bregs Blog admin team


Practical Post 15: Code of Conduct issues & BC(A)R SI.9?

I am a sole trader architect in a regional city. I have recently got a new client with a project that is bigger than my usual work and I have an opportunity to secure my income for the next two years.

When I was appointed I told the client that under the RIAI Code of Conduct I have to make provision for another architect to step in if, for any reason, I was incapacitated or unable to work. I have an arrangement with another local architect who also works on her own and we have advised all of clients of this for several years.

My new client has also asked me to be Assigned Certifier which I’m happy to take on. However, I cannot find another architect who is prepared to step in if I can’t continue for some reason (they are not prepared to take on future liability for my inspections and their PI won’t cover it).

My client is putting pressure on me to proceed and he is not too concerned now. I’m worried that he could take a complaint against me to the RIAI later if I have not made arrangements for someone to step into my shoes if he’s left in a very difficult position in the middle of the job with no AC.

It looks to me that the Code of Conduct makes it very difficult for sole practitioners, (who are a larger number of the architects in practice in Ireland) to be Assigned Certifier without breaching the Code.


Other Posts in this series:

Practical Post 1: BC(A)R SI.9 Extensions & Refurbishments– click link here

Practical Post 2: completion- FAO Vintners & Retailers– click link here

Practical posts 3: Change of Use – FDI and offices – Click link here

Practical post 4: What if the builder goes bust?– Click link here

Practical Post 5: Small retail extension- problem with certifier – Click link here

Practical Post 6: no one wants to do certifier roles! – Click link here

Practical Post 7: Existing Shopping Centres – Click link here

Practical Post 8: Employees won’t certify: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 9: Fees & numbers of inspections?: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 12: “architects only” club?–  Click link here

Practical Post 13: Duties & conflicts- BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical Post 14: Supervision vs Inspection –  Click link here

Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification? – Click link here

Practical Post 17: Off-License fit-out –  Click link here

Practical Post 18- material alterations: Creche  – Click link here

Practical Post 19: Phased completion & BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical post 20: Are builders off the hook with BCAR? – click link here

NOTE: This series of posts is not meant to undermine or be in opposition to any professional advice from registered representative bodies: rather it is to offer additional technical aids to those that find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with SI.9 in it’s current form at present. As with all information posted on the Blog we urge all practitioners to check with their respective professional bodies before assuming any roles or duties under Building Control (Amendment) regulation (SI.9 of 2014). We hope to post a number of these practical posts and list in one area, so home owners, SME’s and professionals can drop in and click on a particular topic to get summary information that may be useful to them while working within these new and difficult regulations.