ACEI + EI | S.I. 9 Your Questions

by Bregs Blog admin team

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The BRegs Blog Admin. Team posted a call out recently for your questions for Engineers Ireland (EI) and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI), two of the five stakeholder groups involved in negotiating BC(A)R S.I. 9 with the Department of the Environment  (Link here:). This followed the highly successful similar exercise with the BCMS and the SCSI. We have already published the response of the BCMS (see below) and the SCSI have written to confirm that your questions are being dealt with by Andrew Ramsey, Chair of its Building Surveying Committee. We hope to publish the SCSI response soon.

There was a certain overlap between the questions for the two engineering associations and we have set these out below as submitted in open letters to Ms. Regina Moran, EI President and Mr. Brian Homan, ACEI President respectively.

Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland | 10 Questions

Q.1 For the average person/building owner how would you differentiate between members of your organisation and Engineers Ireland?

Q.2 How many registered chartered engineer members does the ACEI have that are qualified to undertake the roles of Design and Assigned Certifier as specified in BC(A)R S.I. 9?

Q.3 Does the ACEI differentiate between any of its members’ as to their competency to undertake the role of Design or Assigned Certifier or issue any guidance on same?

Q.4 Has the ACEI provided any advice on fees or required resources associated with undertaking the roles of Design and Assigned Certifiers?

Q.5 Has the ACEI provided a typical Preliminary Inspection Plan or Inspection Notification Framework to its members?

Q.6 It appears that many building owners are appointing third parties certifiers to undertake the roles of Design and Assigned Certifiers where design team members have declined to undertake these roles. Does the ACEI have any specific advice for its members undertaking such roles where they are not otherwise appointed on the Design Team?

Q.7 Has the ACEI got a policy on Latent Defects Insurance in relation to BC(A)R  S.I.9 and consumer protection?

Q.8 What is the current position of the ACEI regarding the legality of self building?

Q.9 Does the ACEI have any views on the assessment procedure for building contractors being listed on or removed from CIRI?

Q.10 Has the ACEI raised or does it intend to raise any issues about BC(A)R S.I 9 with the recently appointed Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly T.D.?

Engineers Ireland | 12 Questions

Q.1 How many registered chartered engineer members does the EI have that are qualified to undertake the roles of Design and Assigned Certifier as specified in BC(A)R S.I. 9?

Q.2 Has EI provided any advice on fees or required resources associated with undertaking the roles of Design and Assigned Certifiers?

Q.3 It appears that some building owners are appointing third parties certifiers to undertake the roles of Design and Assigned Certifiers where members of the design team are declining to undertake these roles. Does the EI have any specific advice for its members undertaking such roles where they are not otherwise appointed on the Design Team?

Q.4 Has EI a list of their members who are available to act as Design or Assigned Certifier on projects where they are not retained otherwise on the Design Team? If EI has not drawn up such a list would they consider doing so and make this list available to the public?

Q.5 Have EI members reported any specific implementation problems with BC(A)R S.I.9?

Q.6 Has EI got a policy on Latent Defects Insurance in relation to BC(A)R  S.I.9 and consumer protection?

Q.7 What is the current position of EI regarding the legality of self building?

Q.8 Would EI consider surveying its membership to establish whether they would support calls by other stakeholders for further DECLG action in relation to S.I. 9?

Q.9 Does EI agree with the CIF interpretation of S.I. 9 that the Assigned Certifier takes over all responsibility for defective workmanship by the building contractor by signing a Completion Certificate?

Q.10 Does EI have any views on the assessment procedure for building contractors being listed on or removed from CIRI and is there any conflict of interest perceived between sitting on the Boards of both EI and CIRI?

Q.11 Has EI raised or does it intend to raise any issues about BC(A)R S.I 9 with the recently appointed Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly T.D.?

Q.12 Does EI have an opinion on the adequacy of building owners’ understanding of BC(A)R S.I. 9? Does EI feel that there is a need for a comprehensive publicity campaign by the DECLG and/or other stakeholders?

BCMS Q+A:

Post 1: General Issues: 

Post 2 – I.T. Issues:

Post 3 – Process Issues:

SCSI 20 questions: Link here:

 

 

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