Engineers Ireland Journal | S.I.9 “is an opportunity to enhance the reputation of the building sector”

by Bregs Blog admin team

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After many unsuccessful ‘shout outs’ for pro-S.I. 9 articles to post over the past ten months the BRegs Blog has, at last, uncovered a relatively pro-S.I. 9 piece published on 15th September 2014 on the Engineers Ireland Journal’s website.

The piece was written by Cormac Bradley, who with two others, represented Engineers Ireland in the consultation process initiated by the Department of the Environment for the BC(A)R. He was the single Engineers Ireland representative on the Working Group that drafted the associated Code of Practice and the subsequent smaller working group formed by the ACEI, EI, RIAI and SCSI to draft and agree a common suite of Ancillary Certificates for BC(A)R for the design professions.

The piece as published is almost 3,000 words so we have extracted a few quotes below. Bradley describes advising on a self-build project which makes for interesting reading particularly in view of the “almost constant contact” the self-builders had with the Building Control Authority. Here is a link to the full original piece: (LINK:).

Don’t forget to submit your questions for Engineers Ireland (and ACEI) for tomorrow.

Quotes from Engineers Ireland Journal:

  • Introduction

“No précis on the consultation process would be accurate if it did not record the fact that the new regime of building control has not been greeted with universal accord…“

  • Ancillary Certificates

“Since the 1 March introduction of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BC(A)R), the four ‘design’ institutions have continued with meetings to develop the Ancillary Certificates that go with the Building Control Regulations and the associated Code of Practice. As with the original consultation process, not all the parties agreed initially, but ultimately the wording and format for the Ancillary Certificates to be used by design professionals was signed off by the four institutions with a further undertaking that no changes to these certificates would be made without the agreement of all four bodies. In parallel, the CIF has developed its own Ancillary Certificates to be used by the contracting fraternity”

  • Self –build

“In one case on which I was asked to advise, the Building Owner and Builder were the same person and shared the same surname as the Design Certifier and the Assigned Certifier, who again were the one individual. The four roles were, in fact, being shared by two brothers. The latter individual (DC & AC) could not understand why the local authority was in almost constant contact with him on the details of the building project and, further, did not understand why the local authority had chosen to visit the site without reference to him in his PSDP capacity.

In the Code of Practice, it is stated that the Assigned Certifier will be the principal point of contact for the local authority. There is no reference to a PSDP in the Code of Practice. This undertaking is from a completely separate suite of legislation.

There had been much voiced protest by potential self-builders that the new Regulations would prevent owners doing their own building works and the Minister went to great pains to explain that this practice was not being outlawed, but that there were additional responsibilities attached to this undertaking under the new regime of building control.

The example cited here is indicative of the confusion that potential self-builders generated…”

  • Employees

“For design practices, the appointment of employees to the Assigned Certifier position will require a review of the Professional Indemnity Insurances to ensure that the actions of an Assigned Certifier, when his/her appointment is approved by the practice, are covered by PII. For the individual appointee, there will be the requirement to have their appointment confirmed in writing by their employer so that PII cover is not questioned in the context of a subsequent action for negligence.

Likewise, design practices will have to decide on how Assigned Certifiers and Ancillary Certifiers are qualified to take on these distinct roles – an Assigned Certifier will be expected to sign a Certificate of Compliance on Completion in an individual capacity but with the sanction of their employer, whereas an Ancillary Certificate will be prepared by a designer but signed by a Director or Principal of the company employing the designer”

  • Building Control Authority

“In an era of reduced inspection resources, Building Control Authorities (BCA) will conduct their on-site inspections of building projects on the basis of risk analysis. Thus, where the information in the Commencement Notice or the statutory appointments required by the new Regulations or the information submitted to the Building Control Authority is deficient, ambiguous or incomplete, or the progressive submission of information and certification is not appropriate, the project can expect to come under the microscope of the BCA”

Other posts of interest:

Engineers Ireland – Building Regulations Certificates 

S.I.9 Stakeholders | Your questions please for Engineers

Who should be a Certifier- Part 3: Chartered Engineers + Building Surveyors?

Engineers Ireland CPD 10th June 

7 posts all architects (surveyors + engineers) should read

The Engineers Journal: how BC(A)R SI.9 works in practice

The Engineers Journal: Building control regulations key features

The Engineers Journal- CIF’s new register of builders 

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