Saturday Summary | 14 February 2015

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Saturday Summary | 14 February 2015

This week the BRegs Blog marked today’s 34th anniversary of the Stardust fire where 48 people lost their lives. The current building regulations were introduced as a result of this terrible tragedy. The debate over the 40 sq.m question continued with a long-awaited opinion from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) which contradicts advice issued by the Department of the Environment (DECLG). Minister for State Paudie Coffey T.D. addressed a joint DECLG/RIAI conference on housing this week. The Electrical Contractors Safety + Standards Association (ECSSA) advised their members not to take responsibility for the design of electrical installations under SI.9, a significant development for Design Certifiers. We also welcomed press statements from Minister Alan Kelly Building regulations are important, but you don’t need the same conditions for an eight-storey apartment as an extension to a three-bedroom house.”

STARDUST ANNIVERSARY: Stardust Remembered | Building Control is about protecting life, not property (Part 1) “A generation may have passed since a tragedy brought about meaningful reform and real improvements in the safety of Irish buildings: It is important now to openly acknowledge the many complex reasons for the failures in Priory Hall (and other developments) and to insist that everything necessary is done to ensure they are not repeated.”

RIAI 40 sq.m OPINION: RIAI Alert | Opinion issued on 40 sq.m. question at odds with DECLG “This latest RIAI position supports the case that the BRegs Blog and most industry professionals have been putting forward for months. It is at complete variance to the position adopted at the DECLG.”

MINISTER PAUDIE COFFEY: Minister Paudie Coffey |Keynote Address to Housing 2020 – Design + Delivery Conference “No stakeholder, be they Government representative, public servant, industry expert or consumer advocate, has a monopoly on the wisdom or perspective necessary to identify practical solutions to the problems we face or the right to impose their preferred solutions on others.  Ultimately, it is only through dialogue and interaction that real and lasting solutions emerge.”

SPARKS FLY: SI.9 *Sparks Flying* | Design Certificates – Electrical Works “We have seen of late attempts by Engineers and Architects to shift responsibility for design liability to the electrical contractors, presumably to avoid exposure of their own PI [Professional Indemnity] Insurance”

MIISTER ALAN KELLY: SI.9 | Minister Alan Kelly T.D. has been listening! “…the current rules were ”like using a mallet to crack a nut. We cannot continue with the present regulations for one off houses, extensions and small developments. Regulations need to be simpler to understand and comply with for people in the countryside who want to build their own houses; you don’t want them facing unexpected costs”

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