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The BRegs Forum - Building Control (Amendment) S.I 9, 2014



POLITICAL Q+A: Members excluded from register: BC(A)R SI.9 - To quote Minister Hogan "There is no question of persons who are not included on the statutory registers being permitted to sign certificates of compliance." Recent media coverage has focused on experienced qualified professionals who will face an unemployment crisis due to BC(A)R SI.9. Here is a recent political Q+A session concerning this issue. Many […]  March 2, 2014
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BC(A)R SI.9: on the front page!- It’s taken a while but the nationwide campaign by the self-builders along with recent media coverage seems to have thrust the impending Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9) onto the front page. The unintended consequences of the legislation will become apparent to many involved in the construction sector over the coming weeks, along with consumers who […] March 1, 2014
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Irish Times: Government job creation plans: “year of jobs”?- BC(A)R SI.9 - In the following article from the Irish Times on Thursday 27th February 2014 the government launched a new annual action plan for jobs for 2014. Mr Kenny said the figures bolstered his Government’s aim to create 330,000 new jobs in the Irish economy by 2020. We wonder has the negative impact of the Building Control (Amendment) […] - February 28, 2014

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RTÉ Liveline clip: Thursday 27th February - The conversation continues on day three on Joe Duffy’s Liveline. In this segment an established civil engineering consultant, 26 years qualified, with his own practice 21 years talks about the catastrophic effects of SI.9 on his practice and liveley hood. A straw poll of similar professionals in his region suggests 17 out of 21 will be […]
February 28, 2014

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Opinion piece: View of an architectural technologist: BC(A)R SI.9 - Two separate radio interviews posted on the BRegs Forum Blog in the past week have hinted at one of the significant issues of the car crash that is BC(A)R and the subsequent SI9 – the complete exclusion of architectural technologists from the provisions of both. In one interview, a registered architect and MRIAI sidesteps any […] February 26, 2014

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RTÉ – Liveline Clip 2:”A tax on blood sweat and tears”: BC(A)R SI.9 - Link to discussion: New building regulations; Sean, Amanda, Gerry, Kieran, Dominic and Margaret on how new regulations on self-build projects will affect people who just want to build their own homes feed://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_liveline.xml Comment: On RTÉ's Liveline yesterday 25th February the discussion on Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) continued. Self-builders including one well-informed mother of five called […] February 26, 2014

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Political Q+A: Mister Hogan suggests Builder separate appointment: BC(A)R SI.9 -In the following exchange Minister Hogan appears to reverse his previous position on self-building. He suggests the role of builder should be a separate appointment, with no mention of an owner undertaking the role of builder. This view is supported by recent legal advice obtained by the representative body for self-builders in Ireland (IASOB) and […] - February 25, 2014

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Radio Clip: Joe Duffy “what government in their right mind would make people unemployed?” - “The theme of this year is jobs jobs jobs. What government in their right mind would make people unemployable after 1st march?” Joe Duffy asks some pointed questions in this radio broadcast. In the following radio clip a number of self-builders and an experienced construction professional explore the adverse consequences of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 […] - February 25, 2014

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Results for Twitter poll + RIAI Survey: is BC(A)R workable on 1st March? - A few days ago the Bregs Blog set-up a twitter poll. We wanted to see the if readers thought the industry is ready for Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) due to come in in one working week.. The online poll consisted of one question: "Are you confident that the new Building Control (Amendment) […] - February 24, 2014

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Political Q+A: Mark Daly asks hard questions: yes or no? BC(A)R SI.9 - In the following Seanad exchange Mark Daly reiterates his original question to Fergus O’Dowd: was a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) carried out in 2013 for SI.9 (previously SI.80)? Of course we know the answer- no. A very brief RIA was undertaken on a previous draft version of SI.80 in 2012. To quote a previous BReg […] - February 23, 2014

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Self-builders request retraction of inaccurate local authority guidelines: BC(A)R SI.9 - The representative body for self-builder's in Ireland the IASOB have recently written to every local authority and to the Department of the Environment asking for recent inaccurate public guidance to be retracted. The public guidance document is attached after the letter below. Letter from Iaosb to Building Control Department's regarding Building Control (Amendment) S.I 9 […] - February 22, 2014

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Press Article: “Nightmare Scenario”: BC(A)R SI.9 - An alarming article from the North Wicklow times on 9th February 2014 outlines some of the difficulties local councillors see in implementation and costs for the upcoming Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). Comments by Local representatives, CIF and RIAI. "New building regulations coming into effect on March 1st will lead to mass unemployment in […] - February 20, 2014

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Chartered Surveyors: “More Priory Hall scenarios could happen if the laws are not enforced” - Kevin Hollingsworth, Chairman of the professional representative body of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI) in a recent article in the Sunday Business post on 9th February 2014 on the importance of enforcement and resourcing of Local Authorities. The SCSI is a key stakeholder involved in the design of the regulation. extract off […] - February 20, 2014

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UK Article: House Builders blame red tape for 12% drop in Wales during 2013 - Given recent industry estimates that the cost to the construction industry and consumer of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) could be €3bn over 6 years, the equivalent of 30,000 jobs lost, it is interesting to see the similar effects of added bureaucracy in Wales in this article. The current estimate for house builds abandoned […] - February 19, 2014

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Radio Discussion: BC(A)R SI.9 of 2014 -  Implications of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) discussed on Southeast Radio: http://www.southeastradio.ie/podcast/items/2/Building.mp3   -  February 19, 2014

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Who will certify under BC(A)R SI.9? - Here is a link to the recently launched Homebond register for certifiers and builders for the upcoming Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) on 1st March. For Dublin there are 22 practices listed at the moment. In some of the offices listed, individuals spoken to had not realised that their practices had been listed, […] - February 18, 2014

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Inaccuracies: Local Authority Guidance to BC(A)R SI.9 - Here is a recent local authority guide to the public on Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2104). Link to PDF here:
http://www.louthcoco.ie/en/Services/Building_Control/Guide-to-the-Building-Control-Amendment-Regulations-2014.pdf There would appear to be numerous inaccuracies and some inconsistencies in the recent local authority public guidance document as follows: Item 8: just to be correct 40 square meters is a little over 430 […] February 18, 2014

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