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Local Authority Guidance to public: BC(A)R SI.9 - Here is a recent local authority guide to the public on BC(A)R SI.9. Link to PDF here: http://www.louthcoco.ie/en/Services/Building_Control/Guide-to-the-Building-Control-Amendment-Regulations-2014.pdf Comment: It is unfortunate that a recent local authority guidance to the public on Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) would appear to be inaccurate and contradictory. Given that we have less than 2 weeks before the implementation […]
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The extraordinary cost of BC(A)R SI.9 of 2014 -  With 11 working days to the implementation date for si.9, let's look at the actual costs of this difficult and premature amendment. Here we summarise the possible costs of SI.9 on the industry. Do the benefits of SI.9 outweigh the costs? The bottom line number for this year is 6,000 construction jobs may be lost for […] February 17, 2014

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Industry concern at completion stage: Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) -  Many stakeholders do not believe local authorities are prepared for the new roles required for validation of completion documentation under SI.9 from 1st March 2014. In recent letters to ministers calling for deferral of SI.9 the president of the architects representative body the RIAI noted widespread concern at the resourcing of local authorities for the […] - February 14, 2014

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Job creation (housing) slowdown due to Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) - As noted in previous posts there is widespread concern regarding the upcoming introduction of SI.9 in just two working weeks on 1st March. Many influential stakeholders, consumer groups and government departments believe a significant hiatus will be created in both capital projects and also the construction industry in general. The RIAI, the architect's representative body […] - February 11, 2014

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TD confirms extra costs for Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) - Brian Hayes TD has suggested that SI.9 may bring additional costs to qualifying capital projects and that professional hourly rates could apply to any additional duties for existing appointments under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014). This should give some relief to professionals who are grappling with the basis of additional fees for additional […]  -  February 10, 2014

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The Cost Impact of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) - In his response to Kevin Humphries TD, Minister Richard Bruton TD admitted he did not know what cost increases would occur on various capital projects arising from the introduction on March 1st of the amended building regulations SI.9 of 2014. He did note however that where central government has made an allocation, this will not […] - February 4, 2014

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Political Q+A: Mark Daly: Professionals concerned over Building Regulation (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014)? - Seanad debates Thursday, 30 January 2014 Building Regulations Amendments Mark Daly (Fianna Fail) I thank the Minister for coming to the House. This issue relates to the new 2013 regulations introduced under the Building Control Act, and they relate to certification of building works. There seems to be much concern among architects, engineers and surveyors […] - January 31, 2014

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Political Q +A: Kevin Humphries: What is the cost impact of Building Control Amendment Regulation (SI.9 of 2014)? - Written answers Wednesday, 29 January 2014 Kevin Humphreys (Dublin South East, Labour) 119. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government regarding capital building projects currently under way under the remit of his Department, and the building programmes planned for 2014, if he will outline the impact the new Building Control Regulations 2013 […] -January 31, 2014
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Political Q +A: Pearse Doherty: The financial burden of Building Control Amendment Regulation (SI.9 of 2014)? - Written answers Thursday, 23 January 2014 Pearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein) 166. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he has considered the financial burden placed on builders of one-off properties, such as those in rural areas building a family home, by the requirement under the Building Control (Amendment) […] January 31, 2014
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The Self-Builder Question.- The Building Control Amendment Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) comes into effect on 1st March 2014 and will apply to all new houses or extensions greater than 40 sq meters on which work is due to commence after that date. The regulations place an obligation on the owner of a building to appoint a competent builder […] - January 30, 2014
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“Extraordinarily loose and vague”: Legal Implications of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) - A number of senior councils have reviewed the current and previous versions of Building Control Regulation (SI.9 of 2014)- previously SI.80 For clarity we table the most recent opinions with the most recent wordings in reverse chronological order. These are presented without comment. There are two senior council advice notes on the December 2013 […] - January 30, 2014
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Irish Water-a lifeline for Building Control? -  During the debate concerning the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (SI.9 of 2014) a lot of commentators, this blog included, have dug up statistics showing the low numbers of site inspections, understaffing levels at local authority building control sections etc. We acknowledged a number of hard-working fire officers double-jobbing at building control to help out. However we […] - January 29, 2014
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Opinion: Approved Inspectors & Architects by Mark Stephens MRIAI - The following post is a personal viewpoint of UK and Ireland trained architect Mark Stephens RIBA MRIAI. There has been a lot said concerning the viability of adopting the UK model of Approved Building Inspectors in Ireland and secondly that architects are well suited for such roles. Here is my viewpoint and opinion: The UK […] - January 28, 2014
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Winners and Losers: Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulation 2014 (SI.9 of 2014) - There has been a lot of fractious debate and arguments particularly in the professions regarding SI.9. The Minister has signed the regulation in the face of repeated calls for postponement from key stakeholders involved in the creation of the regulation. The Department also disregarded consumer representations from the likes of pyrite owners and Priory Hall residents, […] - January 27, 2014
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Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 – A different way - 1 Background 1 The State should not primarily be liable for the cost of building control nor should the State be liable for defects in construction. 2 Concerns have been expressed that S.I. 9 of 2014 will not protect the householder in the way it sets out to. In 2012, submissions by non-construction sector stakeholders […] - January 27, 2014
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An arm and a leg? How much for Independent building inspectorate? - Recent calls by the RIAI and the Institute of Chartered Surveyors for postponement of the upcoming Building Control Amendment Regulations SI80 in March and the establishment of a comprehensive building control inspectorate seem badly timed. Given the costs for the establishment of Irish Water the how much will a local authority system of comprehensive building control cost us?  - January 24, 2014
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RIAI President call to defer SI9 ignored by Minister -  Earlier this month the President of the Architects organisation the RIAI wrote to the Department of the Environment requesting a deferral of SI9 Below is the RIAI letter sent on 15th January 2014 to Minister Hogan. Minster Hogan's refusal is attached dated 16th January 2014. The new SI9 was subsequently signed by the Minister. The […] - January 24, 2014
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Irish Water and consultancy fees - The recent revelations concerning consultants’ fees paid by Irish Water of €50 million is an interesting one. On the one hand we have local property tax which initially was to go towards funding local authorities, now going almost entirely to capitalise Irish Water. No doubt this will allow this essential public resource then to be […] - January 23, 2014
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