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R.I.A.I President call to defer S.I 9 ignored by Minister

Under Building Control (Amendment) S.I 9  coming to effect on 1st of March 2014, it is a requirement for any self builder to employ an Architect,  Engineer or a Building Surveyor to be the certifier of their build.

As it stands, this amendment is heading for major problem’s for the building owner, the certifier’s and the local authorities.

Earlier this month, the president of Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Robin Mandal wrote to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government - Phil Hogan raising a number of issues that were of concern to him and their members regarding this amendment and asking for a deferment so that these problems could be addressed.

However, in a letter sent by Minister Phil Hogan he wrote back “Having conferred widely with key stakeholders in recent weeks, I have decided that the new regulations will come into operation on 1 March 2014.”

Minister Hogan, if  one of the main key stakeholder’s RIAI  whose responsibility it would be to certify all future builds are informing you of the problems ahead, you do not ignore their recommendations.

By decisions like this, you are making the same kind of mistakes that were made by the previous government and we all know how well that turned out for them.

Your amendment is not fair on self builders and the professionals that you expect to certify the build.