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A blog to debate the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BCAR): The BRegs Blog presents an opportunity for free expression of opinion on BCAR and their implementation. The blog is not representative of any professional body or organisation. Each post represents the personal opinion of that contributor and does not purport to represent the views of all contributors.

October archive posts

by Bregs Blog admin team

Posts for October 2014 (61)

“The Assigned Certifier is the one in the lion’s den” Rory O’Donnell, solicitor

Commencement notice problems | Does size matter?

Help Required | Dept. of the Environment | Deadline Monday 3rd November 2014

Senators ask Minister to Revoke SI.9 (2 of 4)

Commencement Notice issues

60 new schools delayed due to SI.9 |

3 County Councils ask Minister to Revoke SI.9

World Bank Report 2015 | Ireland’s poor construction regulations are the biggest drag on our ranking

Design Certifier | RIAI advise separate appointment

Results | S.I. 9 Assigned Certifier Survey

Legal Alert | Commencement Notices since 1st March 2014

S.I.9 – Where are we now? 27 October 2014

SI.9 completion stage and the BCMS | Clouds are gathering!

ALERT | Owners may need Certifiers on porch extensions?

Gurdgiev: Irish Residential Property Prices: Q3 2014

UK + Ireland | take a quick trip to Holyhead with Breg Blog…

Clampdown on self-building is stymying construction industry | Irish Examiner

Residential construction down in 2014 Q1+ Q2: (CSO statistics)

Commencement Notices – Update | 22 October 2014

Minister Damien English “have to get construction right – this time”

12,000 social + affordable houses at no cost to taxpayer?

UK and Ireland: Take a quick drive to Newry with BReg Blog…

Upskilling of construction workforce crucial to achieve a compliance culture.

BC(A)R S.I.9 Assigned + Design Certifier Survey

How much would 100% independent inspections by Local Authorities cost?

BREGS Blog Archive 5- MARCH 2014

BC(A)R S.I.9 Assigned + Design Certifier Survey

Part L compliance – Who wants a building control service provided by cowboys?

BC(A)R S.I.9 | 33 Weeks | Assigned + Design Certifier Survey

Architectural Technologists + Architects | Parity of Esteem?

€ 5 billion | The extraordinary cost of S.I.9 self-certification by 2020

Karl Whelan: “…raft of cost-increasing building regs are at least partly responsible”

BC(A)R S.I.9 | 33 Weeks | Assigned + Design Certifier Survey

Irish Times: Housing measure will help Dublin’s crisis, but not in the short term

Engineers Ireland Journal | Eoin O’Cofaigh FRIAI Ancillary Certificates + Self-certification

5 Posts every builder must read- BC(A)R SI.9

Notes from the (thermal) edge: Part L Compliance (2 of 2)

€37m spent on ‘affordable housing’ sites unsuitable for residential use

SCSI: SI9 is “positive change”

Part L compliance issues – S.I.9 (1 of 2) october 12th

SCSI | “Highly unlikely Priory Hall would happen in Britain”- Look Back 4

Response to Engineers Ireland article

S.I.9 Job Opportunities: Building Control Technical Director €75-90k p.a.

The Design Certifier Conundrum | Retraction

Turning a blind eye | ‘Drawings not for Construction”

‘No Minister’ | RIAI Annual Conference 2014

“Size isn’t important” | Are shoe box apartments really the solution?

RIAI Complainee investigates IAOSB Complaint

S.I. 9 | Your Questions for the Law Society

BCMS: My First Validation | Mark Stephens MRIAI


November Archive posts

by Bregs Blog admin team

Posts for November 2014 in reverse chronological order (59 in total)

November 2014 breaks Blog record! | Top Ten Posts

‘Onerous’ Building Regulations must be amended – Minister Kelly

Revoke SI.9 | IAOSB / Self-Builders’ Letter to TD’s

SI.9 causing major delays to school projects

Imminent changes to SI.9 announced | Minister Alan Kelly T.D.

Village magazine| What’s happening with housing policy in 2014?

BCMS Alert | Last day for Christmas Completion!

Catherine Murphy TD | Today’s Housing Promises Won’t Bear Fruit for at Least Two Years

When is an extension not extensions? | The 40M2 question…

Applications for dispensation or relaxation of Building Regulations

SI.9 Cost for 2014 = 3 x Ballymun Regeneration Projects

Ireland – What’s Next?| TV 3 Series on Ireland’s Housing Crisis

RIAI | Architectural Technologist update

BREGS Blog Archive 6 | APRIL 2014

Donegal Pyrite update

Iaosb letter to Minister Kelly – Revoke or Revise S.I.9

RIAI Past Presidents Paper #1 | The Building Regulations and Consumer protection

Dáil | Architectural Technologist update

Is there a regulation for thermal bridging condensation risk? | Part L

Attorney General asked if S.I.9 is in breach of Constitutional Rights

Gurdgiev | PMI “a bit bubbly, a bit bonkers…”

40 SqM SI.9 exemption update | 18 November 2014

The Latest Homebond House Building Manual: A Critique | Joseph Little Architects

Press | 170% rise in home improvements

Dáil update | Pyrite in Mayo

Ronan Lyons | Regulations pushing up the costs of homes

ALERT | SI.9 Christmas Completion Countdown

Top 10 for week ending 16th November 2014

Government Reports + Professional Opinion Ignored in SI.9 | look back 5

The Latest Homebond House Building Manual: A Critique | Joseph Little Architects

BCMS | Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award

Irish Mirror | Call for an end to pyrite mess

Dr Rory Hearne | + 168,000 empty houses in the country

Opinion | 40SqM BC(A)R SI.9 Extensions

Sunday Business Post | Karl Deeter “Building regulations – rules don’t deliver results”


Engineers Ireland Journal | Jack Kavanagh- is SI.9 unjust to both engineer and society?

± 40 sq.m. exemption from SI.9 | Kevin Tyrrell Architectural Technologist

Homebond | Assigned Certifier + defects liability policy for €2,000?

CSO- Dwelling units approved down 16.6% in one year

Social Media | BRegs Blog Help + Advice


Room for improvement on social housing policy

Why did Phil Hogan think SI.9 would cost less than €3000 ?

RIAI Update | What happened at EGM

Want to live in Dublin? | Only the wealthy need apply!

BRegs Blog @ 200,000 views

IAOSB submission to DECLG

RIAI EGM | 4th November 2014 | Who said what?

Dáil TD’s want to Revoke SI.9 (4 of 4)

S.I.9 CPD | Questions for Assigned Certifier

S.I. 9 | We have found the Gaps!

No more snag lists | with S.I. 9

S.I.9 CPD | The Costs + Conflicts

RIAI EGM | Tuesday 4th November 2014

Top dozen posts | October 2014.

Results | S.I. 9 Assigned Certifier Survey

Revoke S.I.9 – Fine Gael internal report to Phil Hogan in 2013 (3 of 4)

World Bank Report 2015 | UK v Ireland the real cost of “Dealing with construction permits”