Following on from a number of contractor email queries here’s a short selection of 5 posts on BRegs Blog that are of interest to contractors.
- In our first post we discuss implications for clients for contractor appointments to projects under SI.9. We discuss some issues involved for new contractors taking over part-completed projects where the original builder has either resigned, gone bust or has been dismissed. Completion certification will be more complex for contractors under the new system.
- In our second post we suggest all sub-contractors have their draft certificates agreed at the outset of projects with the Assigned Certifier to minimise delays later on. Under SI.9 this paperwork may be extensive. One report of an early project completed under SI.9 noted there were over 120 individual certificates required for completion validation. We expect Local Authority guidance soon to be revised to require only the Ancillary Certificate to be lodged on completion. However the Assigned Certifier will require all the appropriate certificates at this stage for his/her records.
- We discuss the addendum to the RIAI forms of contract in our next post. This is an architect’s view of the new responsibilities designers and specifiers are writing into contract documents for builders. Quote: “…The addendum sets out to make the contractor responsible for some of the design…if you want the contractor to insure his design, you need to tell him that before he signs the contract. Otherwise, he may claim more money from your client…”
- In post 4 we discuss the problem of no retrospective compliances. Quote: “There is no mechanism in law to have the building or works inspected and passed in the future. This is a very significant oversight, particularly as there has been no public information campaign, no transition arrangements and no guide available to the Building Control Officers advising the public in 34 different local offices.”
- In our last post we note that considerable delays for completion of projects under SI.9 are expected due to lack of industry readiness and inadequate resources allocated to Local Authority building control sections. There are no revised forms of contract that incorporate SI.9. Delayed possession of projects by owners may result in costly disputes. Prepare for delays and Local Authority invalidations due to lack of appropriate staff and an incomplete BCMS Elodgement system.
Posts every builder must read- BC(A)R SI.9 (click on title):
- Re-tendering- What if the first builder goes bust?
- 4 Tips for Sub-Contractor Ancillary Certifiers
- Changes to the RIAI Building Contract -builders may need insurance for design
- No retrospective compliance under new Building Control Regulations
- ‘We want to be in for Christmas’ -new arrangements at handover
Others of general interest: