10 August 2015
Engineers Ireland appear to be the first of the five main construction industry stakeholders to comment publicly on the SI.9 reforms announced on 31st July 2015 by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) . In the following article, published on their website on 5th August 2015, “Engineers Ireland response to the reforms of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations SI.9 of 2014”, Engineers Ireland are critical of the DECLG’s plans to amend Building Control Regulations BC(A)R SI.9. Engineers Ireland are a key construction industry stakeholder and were involved in the formation of SI.9 along with the CIF, ACEI, RIAI and SCSI.
It is noted, at the time of writing, that the proposed amendments to the legislation has not yet been published formally by the DECLG. It is understood that tomorrow may be the last day for its publication to meet the announced date of 1st September for its introduction.
Extract of Engineers Ireland article:
“Engineers Ireland played a significant role in the development of the amendments to the Building Control Regulations, along with our fellow institutions and the Department of Environment, with the final amendments being signed into law in August 2013.
Engineers Ireland welcomed the one-year milestone review which was promised as part of the original consultation process. “Having had sight of the proposals developed by Ministers Kelly and Coffey we expressed concern at the recommended changes to the Regulations and called on the Government not to dilute the amendments that were agreed and already in place,” it said.
It said that it appears that ministers have not taken on board recommendations by Engineers Ireland and other professional bodies “who were unanimous in their commitment to improving standards…
Engineers Ireland said that it will be writing to the DECLG to seek clarification on the reforms that are proposed to take effect on the 1 September 2015 and will update members as soon as we receive further information.”
Full article here: Engineers Ireland criticises plan to ease building regs
The submission by Engineers Ireland to the DECLG Ministerial review of SI.9 may be viewed: here
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