16 September 2015
Hundreds of BRegs Blog followers have already completed our most popular survey ever (click on image above to access) and the BRegs Blog Admin. Team is very appreciative. The closing time has been extended from 5 pm to midnight tonight to have one last push to get as many and as broad a range of respondents as possible. We are particularly keen to get responses from building owners who will ultimately bear any costs associated with the implementation of Building Control Regulations. Please share the link to the survey and the brief background to SI.9 and SI.365 below with your clients / building owners.
Link to Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/26DVRVG
Background: SI.365 was introduced on 1st September 2015 as a way to reduce the costs associated with the provisions of Building Control Regulations (SI.9) and for certifying one-off houses and residential extensions. Owners can now “opt-out” of the SI.9 Assigned Certification process and revert to the former industry standard “opinions on compliance with Building Regulations” for such projects. Under SI.365 the building regulations will still continue to apply in full so building owners will need suitably qualified professionals to “sign-off” compliance using industry standard “opinions” used extensively for over 20 years.
For owners who intend to undertake qualifying projects there may be considerable cost savings as a result, not only for certifier fees but contractor administration costs also.
Do building owners view this as a positive development? Certainly for clients who employ a full design team SI.9 or SI.365 may make little difference from a quality viewpoint. However for others who do not use full design-team appointments the “opt-out” may be an opportunity to spend more on upgrading fabric or employing more sustainable technologies, or simply aid in making projects more feasible. Others may view this as having a negative impact on the overall quality of buildings. Do quality focused clients intend to stick with SI.9? Or do they see SI.365 as a way of reducing costs and increasing specification levels?
We strongly urge that as many readers as possible complete this survey. Click button below to access SI.365 survey.
Many thanks for your ongoing support,
BRegs Blog Admin. Team
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