BReg Blog @ 150,000 views

by Bregs Blog admin team


From when we launched at the end of November 2013, it took 6 months for us to hit 75,000 views. We find ourselves at double that figure, 150,000 views, 3 months later on the 26th August 2014. This month we had our single biggest day for visitors to the site with over 1,550 views in one day. Our unique viewers could now fill the Lansdowne Road stadium an amazing 3 times over!

To acknowledge this milestone we have listed some of the more interesting BReg Blog quotes from the past few months of BC(A)R SI.9

I believe that the language which is used in the proposed amendments is extraordinarily loose and vague. In many cases the meaning if the certificates in their amended form is unclear… any lack of clarity is a recipe for disaster.” Denis McDonald SC 4 December 2013 (read full text here).

I cannot help but feel Environment and Local Government Minister Phil Hogan and his Department have failed utterly to learn the lessons of Priory Hall” Graham Usher former Priory Hall resident (read full text)

I am concerned about the potential for costs to be exploitative initially. The same thing happened in respect of the building energy regulations introduced several years ago… People were charged between €3,000 and €4,000 for certification inspections that cost €150 in the market. The professions have tended to jump on the bandwagon to exploit the customer for what they can get…” Phil Hogan 12 March 2014 (read full text here).

There are no new legal rights or remedies for consumers created by BCAR 2014” Deirdre Ni Fhloinn solicitor 14 March 2014 (read full text here). 

You are fully aware that all consumer groups were excluded from any key stakeholder meetings since mid 2012…You have stated your Department is in discussion with us and we have not risen any objections. This is a grave misrepresentation of our organisation and the interests of all self-builders in the Seanad. We would support any independent inquiry into these statements.” Shane McCloud, Irish Association of Self Builders 11 April 2014 (see full text here).

professional bodies making outlandish quotationsnot allow any body to think this will be an easy way to financial extortion, make easy money” Phil Hogan 10 April 2014 (read full text here)

To be informed now by Mr Hogan that in spite of being deemed to be qualified and competent by the CIAT and the RIAI, I am now a “draftsman” and that “the new building regulations will make it more difficult for unqualified people to pass themselves off as construction professionals” is offensive and potentially catastrophic to the livelihoods of many Architectural Technologists” Brian Maher AT 16 April 2014  (read full text here).

” The Minister’s system of Assigned Certifiers will crack up within the next couple of years… Does the Minister honestly believe the architect will employ someone to be on site continuously to check that things are done right?” Mick Wallace 17 June 2014 (read full text here).

The big elephant in the room again is that while the Minister has stated there is a facility for third-party checks, the major problem is the local authority lacks the facility, the manpower and the money to be a serious third party that checks to ensure everyone is behaving well.” Mick Wallace 1 July 2014 (see full text here).

There are penalties already under the new building regulations, everything must be signed off by a competent Assignee, who can only be an architect, a building surveyor or an engineer, and in signing off ON BEHALF OF THE BUILDER (our emphasis), there are obligations there and they have to stand over those” Tom Parlon 16 July 2014 (read full text here).

to have the notion of overturning these regulations is delusional… We must continue to think like a poet but also act like a professional” (Architecture Ireland). Ciaran O’Connor State Architect July 2014 (see pdf here: COC letter AI)

Our primary concerns with BC(A)R include:

  • Lack of appropriate independent oversight – to support those tasked with compliance
  • Absence of mandatory project insurance – in line with international best practice.
  • Inadequate timescale – to ensure the supporting systems and documentation are in place. This is why the RIAI called for a deferral”  Robin Mandal, President of the RIAI, 4 June 2014 (see full text here)

The Design Certifier certifies the design and the Assigned Certifier certifies the construction. These must comply in full with every aspect of the building regulations. There is no time limit on the certificate. This certificate is to everybody, about everything, for all time. And if an employee signs the certificates, they are liable in equal measure. This is all as clear as day” Eoin O’Cofaigh 12 August 2014 (read full text here).

We would like to thank you for your continuing interest in the issues surrounding the new building regulations, and we have seen viewership increase every month. Many thanks to the admin and editorial team and all of our valued contributors.

The BRegs Blog would love to hear your views on BC(A)R. If you have already written an article on this topic for another publication we would be happy to reproduce that on our Blog if relevant.

New to the topic: don’t know where to begin? start here: SI.9- here do i start?

Other milestones:

125,000 Thanks to our Readers

Thank you- 100,000 views

Bregs Blog: 75,000+ views!

Breg Blog : coming up to 50,000 views!