Top 10 for June 7th

by Bregs Blog admin team


Top 10 posts for the week-ending 7th June  2014

Another busy week here on the blog, no small thanks to a few notable mentions. We have been named last month by the Minister Phil Hogan in the Irish Times (thanks Minsiter – see letter to the editor of 23rd May here). We also discovered that we figured in a formal address by the state architect Ciaran O’Connor to the council of the representative body for architects (RIAI) in April.

This first short week of June 2014 has been a busy one on the blog and the after-shocks of Mick Wallace’s debate rumble on.

Continued interest in the May Dáil debate is illustrated by 6 of the top 10 most popular posts (this week) being on the subject of Architectural Technologist exclusion from the register of competent professionals. This discussion is far from over as we discovered that the 2007 Building Control Act is in breach of EU law (see first post) concerning this issue.

The second most popular post is a very informative 8 page guide prepared by Cork County Council which comprehensively lists the difficulties and pitfalls (both user and system issues), of uploading a typical commencement notice. What used to be a pretty straightforward submission of a paper form now involves some laborious and painstaking online negotiation concluded by the submission of … a paper form. This is an excellent users guide and Cork CoCo should be applauded for their efforts in helping professionals deal with this system. We recall very early on at the end of February (when we were too busy pointing out problems with the new regulations), one of the first helpful guides came from the Kerry County Council Fire Officer- read the post here. Under-resourced and with no code of practice to work from Building Control staff are under tremendous pressure since implementation in March.

Further Law Society advice and input on liability and legal issues associated with SI.9 makes the top ten most popular posts this week also.

In post no 9 a contributor gives some pointers to assigned certifiers of things to watch out for in the new regulations and in our last post we list 5 popular myths about BC(A)R SI.9.

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Architectural Technologists- Building Control Act 2007 in breach of EU Law

Mick Wallace message to Architectural Technologists

O’Cofaigh letter to Mick Wallace TD

ALERT: Cork CoCo guide to BC(A)R SI.9

Who should be a Certifier- Part 1: Architectural Technologists?

Opinion piece: Architectural Technologist and certification

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

Law Society : Certifier is single point of responsibility

4 tips for Assigned Certifiers…