The BRegs Forum was launched in 2013 to debate and share information about Building Regulations and Building Control Regulations in an open-source user-friendly format. Its primary focus is concern for the safety and welfare of Irish people in and about the buildings they use e.g. their homes, schools, offices and places of entertainment and to encourage greater consumer protection to the process of building procurement.

To explain the two key terms above:

Building Regulations: these describe the minimum standards to be used for the design and construction of a building e.g. insulation levels and means of escape in the event of a fire. These statutory requirements are set out in 12 parts (classified as ‘Part A- Structure’ through to ‘Part M-Access and Use’). See full descriptions at: Building Regulations

Building Control Regulations: these describe the procedures for how compliance with the Building Regulations will be monitored and approved and by whom. See full descriptions at: Building Control Regulations

The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations, aka BC(A)R, were introduced in 2014. In the absence of any official public information campaign by the Department of the Environment, the BRegs Blog has filled the void and become the recognised source for advice and opinion in relation to BC(A)R for anyone involved with the construction industry whether as an occupier, builder, developer or business professional.

The BRegs Blog has published over 1,500 posts and articles and received almost 750,000 views. Not bad for a blog that’s about (let’s face it) Building Control. Contributions come from a unique collaboration of economists, academics, politicians, solicitors, journalists, civil servants, building control officers, builders, building owners, surveyors, engineers, architectural technologists and architects.

New to BCAR – Confused?  Just click on the following title: Where do I start? 

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The BReg Forum is not a representative body.

Contributors include: Padraig Murray, Michael Collins, Peter Hanna, Joan O’Connor, Eoin O’Cofaigh, Arthur Hickey, Sean Carew, Orla Hegarty, Maoilíosa Mel Reynolds, Mark Stephens, Vivian Cummins, Caomhan Murphy, John O’Keeffe, Colin Jennings, Paddy O’Toole, Eoin O’Morain, Martin Murray, Deirdre Lennon, Gerry Egan, Jimmy Delahunty, Malcolm McDonnell, Jan van Dyjk, Brian O’Donnell, Sarah I. Kelly, Joseph Little, Stephen Collins, Joe O’Brien, Dervla Cotter, Patrick Weafer, Peter Cassidy, Peter Roberts, Peter O’Shaughnessy, Barry Kelly, Paul Conway, Mark Turpin, Jean Early, Eileen Fitzpatrick, Maurice Fitzgerald, Des McMahon, David McHugh, Gerry Murphy, Eamon Hedderman, John Feely, Paul C. Mealy, Mary Laheen, Paul O’Toole, Shane McCloud, Malachy Mathews, Joe Byrne, Nigel Redmond, Amanda Gallagher, Barry Lyons, Zeno Winkens, Jerry O’Connor, Keith Graham, James Cash, Deirdre Ni Fhloinn, Jan McIntyre, Raymond McGinley, Eóin Leonard, Mícheál de Siún, Ciarán Ferrie, Brian Rochford, Lester Naughton, Mairéad Phelan, Simon McGuinness, Seán Breen, Michael O’Neill, Kevin Tyrrell, Isabel Barros, Liam Innes, Denise Germaine, Cormac Bradley, Helen Duffy, Andrew Alexander, David Hughes, Dr. Lorcan Sirr, Sarah Fox and CJ Walsh.

Enquiries: bregsforum@gmail.com

Contributors list last updated April 2016.

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