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The Engineers Journal: BC(A)R SI.9 - New building control legislation in Ireland is likely to profoundly change the construction and projects industry for many years to come. Quote: "The details and nuances of Regulations will need time to bed down, be further refined over time and supplemented by training. The Regulations will also potentially increase costs on project administration, programming and insurances. […] March 23, 2014

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Online Petition: Self Build in Ireland- BC(A)R SI.9 - A group of self-builders have launched an on-line petition this week to progress their objection against Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Given the recent part-deferral of the regulations SI. 105 published on 7th March 2014 they feel that the regulations now are particularly discriminatory towards the rights of ordinary… March 22, 2014

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Press Piece: Blood, Sweat & Tears Tax? BC(A)R SI.9 - The following ‘Letter to the Editor’ appeared in the Sligo Weekender on Thursday 13th March 2014. Link here: sligo weekender Blood, Sweat & Tears Tax? Sir - There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the Building Control (Amendment)Regulations 2014 - SI9. From a Self Builder's prospective I would like to draw your attention to a few […]  March 22, 2014

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How do we fix BC(A)R SI.9? - Is a continuation of our current defective system of self-regulation at increased cost the best the industry and government can do? An costly "blizzard of red tape?" We need to examine possible solutions. Past president and current council member of the representative body for architects (RIAI) Eoin O’Cofaigh posted a thought provoking review of where […] March 21, 2014

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Self-builders write to Attorney General: BC(A)R SI.9 - There seems to be numerous conflicting statements concerning the status of the self-builders under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) by Minister Hogan and his Deaprtment at this point. In previous Dáil exchanges towards the end of 2013 Minister Hogan spelled out the requirement under SI.9 for a "competent builder" to undertake building works. Clearly […]  March 20, 2014

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BC(A)R SI.9 or… green alternative No 1 - In recent statements Minister Hogan confirmed that there would be no change to the technical standards or requirements under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). This opinion piece ponders what if part of the cost of this “blizzard of red tape”, BC(A)R SI.9, was instead spent on technical improvements that would benefit the consumer, […] March 20, 2014

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Why do we favour light-touch regulation, or none at all? n the following article from the Irish Examiner on 18th March 2014 Fergus Finlay explores why we prefer "light-touch" regulation in Ireland. This article is very applicable to the new Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) which reinforces "light-touch" self-regulation in the construction industry. Link to article here: why do we irish favour so called […] March 19, 2014

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The cost of a Solution to BC(A)R SI.9? - As a follow-on to the Michael Collins and Eoin O'Cofaigh paper yesterday on a solution to BC(A)R SI.9, we look back on an earlier blog post that attempted to quantify the resources and cost of a UK-type system here of "approved inspectors". Link to previous blog post: how much for a proper independent building control […] March 19, 2014

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Collins & O Cofaigh- A BETTER way: BC(A)R SI.9 Solutions - The following is a recent paper submitted by Eoin O Cofaigh and Michael Collins, two past presidents of the representative body for architects (RIAI). In this paper practical workable alternatives to Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) are discussed. ___________ Building Control (Amendment) Regulations – A BETTER way 1. Background The State should not […]  March 18, 2014
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Eoin O Cofaigh – two weeks gone: BC(A)R SI.9 - An opinion piece by Eoin O Cofaigh MRIAI, RIAI President, 1998-1999, RIAI current member of council So who do the new regulations protect? The RIAI Council agreed unanimously last January that "self-certification (such as the regulations provide for) will not adequately protect the consumer" for whom the Government introduced these regulations in the first place. No […]  March 18, 2014

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Dáil question on BC(A)R SI.9 - In a recent Dail exchange the two pillars of BC(A)R SI.9 are reiterated by Minister Hogan, that of traceability and accountability, a clear and auditable trail of those involved in the construction process to enhance consumer protection under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Link to Dáil Questions by Tomas Pringle (Independent TD) Comment: Traceability and Accountability: […] March 17, 2014

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Opinion piece: Cost/Benefit? BC(A)R SI.9 of 2014 - The 1st of March has come and gone and the world has not stopped. With the implementation of BC(A)R SI.9 upon us, let's look at the possible costs and benefits of this awkward regulation. Under the proposed system what is different? Is it all bad? The answer we suggest is no and yes. Current system before BC(A)R […] - March 16 2014
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Press Piece: War of words over cost of BC(A)R SI.9 - It's getting hard to keep up with all the exposure Building Control (Amendment)Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) is getting throughout the country. We thought the attention would wane somewhat this month following implementation. However it seems that the topic is just gathering pace as the unintended consequences begin to dawn on various different stakeholders. In this […] March 15, 2014
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Dáil debates: Enforcement? BC(A)R SI.9 - In the following Government Debate from last year Minister Phil Hogan notes that statistics on enforcement procedures were due to be published. These will be of great interest to stakeholders in the construction industry. Enforcement of the regulations is one area where there has widespread industry concern recenty. Key stakeholders the ACEI, SCSI and RIAI […] March 15, 2014
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Opinion piece: will BC(A)R SI.9 bring any benefit to consumers? - I was recently asked to address a CPD event organised by Engineers Ireland on the subject of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (BCAR 2014), with a particular focus on the consumer perspective. I considered in that respect whether the Regulations created any new rights for consumers. When publishing the 2013 Regulations in April 2013, […] March 14, 2014

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BRAB and BC(A)R SI.9 - The Building Regulations Advisory Body (BRAB) is set up under the Building Control Act to advise the Minister for the Environment on the building regulations. So, what does the BRAB think about the regulations brought in last March? Were they consulted about draft regulations in 2012? Presumably so. Do the BRAB think the 2013 regulations […]
March 14, 2014

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Extreme caution for employees: BC(A)R SI.9 - In a recent members bulletin the representative body for architects (RIAI) noted some insurance difficulties with respect to Professional Insurances for Building Control (Amendment)Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). In a letter dated January 27th 2014 to the RIAI , Marsh Insurances, a private insurance company with close ties to the RIAI, confirmed insurance cover would be available for […] March 13, 2014

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Irish Examiner: BC(A)R SI.9 to cost 5-10% - In the following article a Kerry County Council discussion on Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) is noted. A local councillor and builder is supportive of the new regulation and confirms the additional cost range associated with the new measures of between 5 and 10% . The new regulations have been widely criticised for increasing […] March 13, 2014

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