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Letter 1+ 2- Replies to Minister’s Irish Times Letter

by Bregs Blog admin team

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The following letters were published in the Irish Times on Saturday 24th May 2014 by Barry Kelly and Michael Duffy in response to Minister Phil Hogan’s Letter to the Editor on May 23rd 2014. Links to relevant letters and posts are included at the bottom of the following piece. 

Building control regulations – Letters | The Irish Times – Sat, May 24, 2014

For link to letters click here

Extract from letters in The Irish Times:

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Sir, – I note the irony that our Minister for the Environment is once again throwing out much heat but very little light (March 23rd). His statistics on commencement notices do not take account of those validated – surely the only proper and correct criteria for such a comparison.

The statistics prepared by his own department in this respect are those quoted by Frank McDonald. The Minister is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts and the actual facts speak far more loudly than his rhetoric. – Yours, etc,

BARRY KELLY,

Carew Kelly Architects,

21/22 Grafton Street,

Dublin 2.

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Sir, – Notwithstanding the interest and participation of the public in your “Letters to the Editor”, is it my imagination or is there now a concept of government via Letters to the Editor? Why did Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan not clearly state that which he now communicates in his letter to you (May 23rd) when the amended building control regulations came into effect on March 1st?

As a chartered civil engineer, I can tell you that for the month of March I advertised my availability to act as a certifying engineer with respect to these new amended regulations. I had two inquiries; no work, just two inquiries.

This amendment has increased the cost of construction of an average rural home by approximately €8,500 over prior costs. This is principally as a result of the new compulsory inspection and certification regime and the implications for professional indemnity insurance. – Yours, etc,

MICHAEL DUFFY,

Kilfenora,

Co Clare.

Other posts on this topic:

Link to Minister Hogan’s letter to the editor- click link here

Minister Hogan rejects Irish Times Article  –  click link here

Irish Times: Dramatic fall in number of buildings being started –  click link here

Commencement notices fall: BC(A)R SI.9 –  click link here

 

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RIAI NEWS ALERT: Architectural Technologist Register

by Bregs Blog admin team

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The following new alert from of the representative body for architects (RIAI) to members was sent on Monday 26th May 2014. President of the RIAI Robin Mandal pictured.

RIAI NEWS ALERT: Architectural Technologist Register

At the 7th March 2014, the RIAI Council voted to support in principle the following policy in relation to Architectural Technologists:

1.RIAI will set up an RIAI Register of Architectural Technologists immediately.

2.RIAI acknowledges and will support the need for a Statutory Register of Architectural Technologists.

3.RIAI will promote such a statutory Registered Architectural Technologist as a competent person to:

(a) Carry out Performance Calculation & Technical Design in accordance with Building Regulations
(b) Certify Performance Calculation and Technical Design carried out in accordance in Building Regulations
(c) Inspect the construction of buildings as required to certify compliance with Building Regulations

4.The RIAI will support the development and establishment of an Architectural Technologist Register Admissions Examination (ATRAE) for purposes of entry to the Statutory Register of Architectural Technologists. The examination should be at a level which recognises the education, experience and skills of the Architectural Technologist.

5.RIAI will develop and establish an RIAI Code of Conduct and a Professional Conduct Committee for professional practice as a Registered Architectural Technologist.

This is an important time for architectural technologists and the adoption of the policy in principle, underscores the Institute’s commitment to Architectural Technologist Members. There are a number of issues to be considered in setting up the voluntary RIAI Register so as to give the best possible effect and to future actions in this area.

Architectural Technologists are fully involved in this process and a series of meetings are being and will be held to develop the next steps and appropriate mechanisms for consultation.

As President I will work to ensure the best possible outcome for Architectural Technologists at this time.

Robin Mandal

RIAI President

Other posts of interest:

Architectural Technologists’ Petition – click link here

Phil Hogan TD to Minister Gormley on “premature” and “market distortion effects” of register in 2010  – click link here

Architectural Technologist’s personal letter to TD – click link here

An Architectural Technologist Dáil letter – click link here

Architectural Technologists’ Dáil QUESTIONS – click link here

Dáil Debate 27th May on Architectural Technologists: help needed! – click link here

An Architectural Technologist’s 6 questions to employer – click link here

Architectural Technologists and BC(A)R SI.9: CIAT – click link here

Architectural Technologist: Minister “disrespectful and misleading” in Seanad – click link Blog

Eoin O Cofaigh: The architectural technologist and BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Opinion piece: Architectural Technologists and the register: BC(A)R SI.9  – click link here

Collins & O Cofaigh- A BETTER way: BC(A)R SI.9 Solutions – click link here

Message from Mick Wallace TD to Architectural Technologists

by Bregs Blog admin team

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The following email was submitted to the Blog on Monday 26th May 2014. Pictured is Mick Wallace T.D. who invited submissions from Architectural Technologists in advance of a Dáil debate on 27th May 2014 concerning the role of Architectural Technologists and the new building regulations.

Message from Mick Wallace TD to Architectural Technologists

Ciao All,

Having read so many emails, from 12 different counties, I do understand your concerns. I worked in the construction industry for over 35 years and I realise that Architectural Technologists know a lot more about how a building should be put together, and built to stand the test of time, weather, movement and use than many who will be allowed sign off on completed work. I will make your case as well as I can in the 6 minutes I’m allowed with Phil Hogan on Tuesday. At the moment, the Topical Issue debate is scheduled for 5.06pm Tuesday evening.

Ciao,

Mick

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Mick Wallace, TD

WEXFORD

mick.wallace@oireachtas.ie

www.mickwallace.net

Dáil Eireann

Leinster House

Kildare Street

Dublin 2

Ph: 01 6183287

Other posts on this topic:

Architectural Technologists’ Petition – click link here

Phil Hogan TD to Minister Gormley on “premature” and “market distortion effects” of register in 2010  – click link here

Architectural Technologist’s personal letter to TD – click link here

An Architectural Technologist Dáil letter – click link here

Architectural Technologists’ Dáil QUESTIONS – click link here

Dáil Debate 27th May on Architectural Technologists: help needed! – click link here

An Architectural Technologist’s 6 questions to employer – click link here

Architectural Technologists and BC(A)R SI.9: CIAT – click link here

Architectural Technologist: Minister “disrespectful and misleading” in Seanad – click link Blog

Eoin O Cofaigh: The architectural technologist and BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Opinion piece: Architectural Technologists and the register: BC(A)R SI.9  – click link here

Collins & O Cofaigh- A BETTER way: BC(A)R SI.9 Solutions – click link here