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A blog to debate the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BCAR): The BRegs Blog presents an opportunity for free expression of opinion on BCAR and their implementation. The blog is not representative of any professional body or organisation. Each post represents the personal opinion of that contributor and does not purport to represent the views of all contributors.

Mick Wallace message to Architectural Technologists

by Bregs Blog admin team

The following email from Mick Wallace TD was received on Tuesday 3rd June 2014.

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Mick Wallace

Ciao All,

Just a quick note to thank you all for getting in touch. My office has been inundated with correspondence from Architectural Technologists, so much so that we haven’t been able to reply to you individually. I had 6 minutes debate time with Minister Hogan – I would have needed 60 to deal comprehensively with the valid points ye were making. Rather than make many of the strong technical points, which I believe have long been thrown the Minister’s way, I thought it better to focus more on the realities on the ground, the need for common sense to prevail, and the need for the Minister to get real and stop just taking the word of some people with a vested interest in the alternative. I did have a short chat with the Minister outside the Chamber afterwards, and I wouldn’t be without hope.

See below the transcript of my debate with Minister Hogan, and a video link of same.

All the Best,

Mick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPxLLWKvRtw

http://mickwallace.net/the-need-to-include-architectural-technologists-on-building-regulation-list-my-debate-with-min-hogan/
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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 Technologist – Platitudes, Head Nodding and BC(A)R SI.9. – click link here

O’Cofaigh letter to Mick Wallace TD – click link here

Opinion piece: Architectural Technologist and certification – click link here

Thoughts on a Register for Architectural Technologists – click link here

Audio Clip: Dáil Debate 27th May- Architectural Technologists & SI.9 – click link here

RIAI NEWS ALERT: Architectural Technologist Register – click link here

Message from Mick Wallace TD to Architectural Technologists – click link here

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

 
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4 tips for Assigned Certifiers…

by Bregs Blog admin team

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The following short posts were submitted by a registered architect to help others negotiate through implementation issues associated with BC(A)R SI.9

4 tips for Assigned Certifiers…

1. Set up an online ARCHIVE for records, you’ll need to keep this for at least 6 years and to be able to search the documents, photos and drawings by date, contents, supplier etc.

2, Make a record of EVERYONE (person or company) who will be signing Ancillary Certs, including their qualifications, areas of competence, contact details, company registration, PI insurance etc.

“Competent Person: a person is deemed to be a competent person where, having regard to the task he or she is required to perform and taking account of the size and/or complexity of the project, the person possesses sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken”

3. CHECK all design drawings, specifications and certificates that you receive for compliance and make a record of your check. If the design is outside your field get someone else to check.

KEEP YOUR NERVE. If something is not compliant or if you don’t have all the information don’t rush into signing off or sending out a Certificate under pressure.

Other posts of interest:

4 things I am putting in my fee agreements– click link here

4 tips for Design Certifiers…  – click link here

7 posts all architects (surveyors + engineers) should read – click link here

 

 

BReg Blog ALERT: Data Protection & BCMS

by Bregs Blog admin team

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BReg Blog ALERT: Data Protection & BCMS

Data Protection/ BCMS

A number of people have contacted the blog team with problems about misuse of their personal data in the Building Control Management System (BCMS), the new online electronic system for online lodgment of commencement notice information. This may be as a result of minor teething problems as the system is developed, but there are some concerns that others might be randomly listing the names of professionals as certifiers for their construction project. We advise anyone who has set up an account on BCMS to login and check the projects listed under their name. For BCMS website go here.

This is a link to advice from the Data Protection Commissioner:

dataprotection.ie/documents rights

The BCMS system is operated by LGMA Local Government Management Agency,

Local Government House, 35-39 Ushers Quay, Dublin 8

Phoenix House, 27 Conyngham Road, Dublin 8

Phone: 01 633 2200 |  Email: info@lgma.ie

You may need to seek legal advice and/or to make a formal complaint to An Garda Siochana if you think that someone had fraudulently signed statutory certificates in your name. 

Other posts of interest:

Is anyone checking if certifiers are registered? click link here

No checks of Designer,  Builder or Assigned Certifier on BCMS – click link here

BCMS- are we getting what is said on the label? – click link here

The BCMS system: a quickstart guide- click link here

Building Control Officers Survey – click link here

 

Architectural Technologist – Platitudes, Head Nodding & BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team

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Submitted to us on may 29th 2014 by Malachy Mathews Dip Arch Tech, PhD Candidate, MSc, Board Member of the International Congress of Architectural Technology (ICAT) and former Chairman of the RIAI Architectural Technology Committee 2008-’10

Architectural Technologist – Platitudes, Head Nodding and BC(A)R SI.9.

The ill-timed and badly worded RIAI News Alert issued on the evening before Deputy Mick Wallace’s contribution to the Dáil on Architectural Technologists sums up the appalling attitude of the Director/CEO, President, and Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland to Architectural Technology in Ireland.

I am quite sure the president thought this would be a forgettable moment in the Dáil. A maverick TD with an agenda,  a Minister with a much repeated stock answer. Instead what happen was a notable moment in time that has the potential to shift the dynamic of design and construction in Ireland.

What Irish Architectural Technologists were and have been looking for is recognition and legitimacy.  An online petition calling for this attracted 550 signatures in 36 hours leading up to Deputy Wallace’s Dáil speech. Equal in number to the recent RIAI EGM.  Mick Wallace did what he does best in the Dáil, he spoke with conviction, passion and knowledge of his subject. He made public for the first time what has been know in the industry for years, that a large percentage of architects rely on the expertise of architectural technologists and their technical knowledge.

What was not expected was the impromptu response from the Minister once he got off the script. Prompted by the “dissatisfaction with the level of fees being quoted” and “conscious of the competitive issues” and knowledge of “existing statutory bodies and their representatives not being exactly generous in respect of the level of competence” the Minister is seriously considering introducing a British solution to an Irish problem.

Should the Minister give the go ahead to the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) to establish, hold and manage a Statutory Register for Architectural Technologists in the Republic of Ireland , it may alter the competent authority status claimed by the RIAI. This will now be held by the body responsible for the statutory register and the appointed Registrar.   The 5 colleges delivering Architectural Technologist programmes will need to consider their engagement with the RIAI and will seek course validation from the new competent authority.

Was this a good day for ROI Architectural Technologists ? If this comes about, then yes. But it is worth pointing out to the Minister that even a “registered” Architectural Technologist is just as likely as a Registered Engineer or Architect to refuse the defective certifier/designer roles under the new building regulations but currently ATs don’t even have that choice.

After a decade of having RIAI presidents deliver platitudes with no action, after a decade of bringing Architectural Technologists’ issues to the RIAI Council and having head nodding acknowledgment but little actual support, the RIAI have portrayed themselves as being a professional body whose best response to their Architectural Technologists members after a decade of engagement was a watered down, ill-timed, contradictory offer to support in principle a policy in relation to Architectural Technologists including the need for the establishment of a Statutory Register of Architectural Technologists.

It’s too little, too late and the RIAI have effectively lost what little shred of confidence they had left from Architectural Technologists in Ireland. The infant that was born in the 1960s has matured into a full responsible adult and is now ready to make an independent contribution to Irish society. Minister, make your decision, get on with it. Give Irish architectural technologists the respect and legitimacy they fully deserve and let ATs get going to make a valuable contribution to the resurgent design and construction industry.

Other posts on this topic:

O’Cofaigh letter to Mick Wallace TD – click link here

Opinion piece: Architectural Technologist and certification – click link here

Thoughts on a Register for Architectural Technologists – click link here

Audio Clip: Dáil Debate 27th May- Architectural Technologists & SI.9 – click link here

RIAI NEWS ALERT: Architectural Technologist Register – click link here

Message from Mick Wallace TD to Architectural Technologists – click link here

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