Practical post 21: Variations

by Bregs Blog admin team

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Practical post Variations

The Undertaking by Builder says that “I undertake to construct … in accordance with (Design Certificate).. or as subsequently issued to me AND certified AND submitted to the Building Control Authority”

Does this mean that variations have to be submitted to BCMS with new Design Cert BEFORE they can legally be constructed?

On large projects this could require BCMS submissions on a weekly basis, where for example, structural changes are required because of ground conditions or a boiler isn’t available and an alternative supplier is used.

There is a risk that contractors (when a programme is already late) will use this to delay variations while they wait for the Assigned Certifier to get revised Design Certs and confirmation from the BCMS.

Registered professionals need to make sure that the contract covers this and that they have an Assigned Certifier who can respond quickly to changes.

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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. 

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