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FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) Projects & BC(A)R SI.9 - In our recent post “Building Control Officers need help! BC(A)R SI.9” we noted “The impact of SI.9 was alarming enough for Minister Ruairi Quinn to insist on a part-deferral for healthcare and school projects. The FDI sector is as vulnerable to the adverse unintended consequences of BC(A)R SI.9 as any other”. (SI.105 previous post here) In today's piece we expand on […]  April 1, 2014

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Dáil: Proactive vs Reactive Building Control? BC(A)R SI.9 - Minister Hogan on 18th February 2014 explains the anomaly of the requirement for third party oversight (independent local authority checking) in relation to fire safety and access to buildings, Parts B and M only, of the Building Regulations only. By Bregs Blog admin team In the following Dáil exchange on 18th February 2014, Eoghan Murphy TD and Clare Daly […]  March 31, 2014

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Press Piece: All you need to know about new building regulations - The following is an extract off an Irish Examiner Press Piece "All you need to know about new building regulations" from Sunday, March 30, 2014  By Kya deLongchamps Airwave squawks and industry reservations have cast a pall over new building regulations. Last month I was driving along listening to Whine Line, I mean Live Line […]  March 31, 2014

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Appeal to Minister Hogan: BC(A)R SI.9 - Self-builder Amanda Gallagher has written the following appeal to Minister Phil Hogan regarding the Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). The unintended consequences of the new building regulations on all building types, on the self-build and the farming sector in particular, are remarkable given that from a legal perspective BC(A)R SI.9 provides no additional consumer protection. Quote from Deirdre […]  March 28, 2014

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New Law Society Guidance Note on BC(A)R SI.9 - In a recent Law Society Guidance Note on BC(A)R 2014 to members a number of issues are noted concerning the Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Here is a link to the Law Society Guidance note: Update On Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 In particular we note advice regarding self-builders: "As mentioned above, there is as yet […]  March 28, 2014

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TD’s suggest independent local authority inspectorate: BC(A)R SI.9 - In this exchange Eoghan Murphy TD and Clare Daly TD ask Minister Hogan what benefit a reinforced system of self-certification will bring to the consumer. We have already noted no new consumer protection under SI.9 in a previous post "Will BC(A)R SI.9 bring any benefit to consumers?" Clare Daly suggests BC(A)R SI.9 "...is of little worth compared to prevention […] March 27, 2014

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Self builders appeal to Priory Hall residents: BC(A)R SI.9 - The following is a letter written by Amanda Gallagher, self-builder, to the residents of Priory Hall. She asks for their support of an online petition protesting the abolition of self-building under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Spokespersons for residents have previously been very critical of the new regulation and the continuation of self-certification, and lack of […] March 27, 2014

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Eoin O’Cofaigh: SME’S & BC(A)R SI.9 - In this opinion piece from Eoin O'Cofaigh on 26th March 2014, past president of the representative body for architects (RIAI) and current council member outlines some of the unintended consequences of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) for small and medium-sized businesses. _______________ BUILDING CONTROL (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2014 KEY ISSUES FOR SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES […] March 26

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Architect writes to TD: BC(A)R SI.9 - Here is a personal complaint sent by an architect to a Fine Gael TD. As the complaint is personal the author has requested their name be removed from the post. Good morning, We spoke yesterday evening regarding the Building Regulations and I must express my concern regarding your apparent lack of knowledge of the current practical application of the Building […] March 26, 2014

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Dáil: Minister surprised at TD support for architects: BC(A)R SI.9 - In the following exchange Thomas Pringle TD asks questions to Minister Hogan concerning enforcement and independent oversight of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Link to 12 Mar 2014: Dáil debates (KildareStreet.com): kildarestreet.com debates: Building+control Thomas Pringle (Donegal South West, Independent) 7. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he has considered the concerns […]  March 26, 2014

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Law Society of Ireland: BC(A)R SI.9? - Following the puzzling suspension of the Building Regulation Advisory Body (BRAB) in 2012 a stakeholder group was set up to progress SI.9 (post: "BRAB and BC(A)R SI.9"). This smaller steering group consisted of the representative bodies for surveyors, engineers and architects (SCSI, ACEI and RIAI respectively), along with the Department and the Construction industry Federation (CIF) only. Everybody […]  March 25, 2014

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Minister Hogan concerned at exploitation by professionals: BC(A)R SI.9 - In the following exchange from 12th March 2014, Brian Stanley TD discusses the huge costs incurred under BC(A)R SI.9 with Minister Hogan, and takes issue with the costs noted by the Minister and his Department to date. link here: Kildarestreet.com: debates Building+control#g33 Extract from debate: Brian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein): “My question deals with the new building […]  March 25, 2014

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Eoin O Cofaigh: The architectural technologist and BC(A)R SI.9 - In response to a recent post comment we received the following comment/opinion piece from Eoin O'Cofaigh on 25th March 2014, past president of the representative body for architects (RIAI) and current council member. Blog question Perhaps Eoin O Cofaigh could outline his thoughts on the role of the architectural technologist employed in a design certifier […]  March 25, 2014

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Self-builder alert to farmers: BC(A)R SI.9 - Last week self-builder Amanda Gallagher wrote to varous agricultural representative bodies alerting them to the implications of Bulding Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) on their liveleyhoods and business- her letter is attached. In a previous post "Building red tape to hit farmers pocket: BC(A)R SI.9" the unintended consequences of BC(A)R SI.9 on the farming community […]  March 25, 2014

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Projects haunted by BC(A)R SI.9: Priory Hall + ghost estates - In a previous post "Ghost estates and public housing; Deferral no 2? BC(A)R SI.9" we explored problems now faced in completing so-called ghost-estates under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). In an article from November 2012 the extent of the problem of unfinished residential developments was outlined: “...there are 1,770 developments which are incomplete and approximately 1,100 […]  March 24, 2014

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Legal Firms Advice: BC(A)R SI.9 - Deirder NÍ Fhlionn's legal persective post "Will BC(A)R SI.9 bring any benefit to consumers?" noted "...no new legal rights or remedies for consumers created by BCAR 2014..." For professionals our previous post "Legal Advice on BC(A)R SI.9" contained a very negative consolidated senior council opinion of the new regulation. Given the part-deferral SI.105 published on 7th March […] March 24, 2014

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