BRegs Weekly | 4 November 2016

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4 November 2016 – BRegs Weekly 38- Edition 88

Edition 88 of BRegs Weekly is out now.

Self-builders have found themselves in the centre of a policy ‘Catch-22’ situation: if they want to avail of the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme they must ‘opt-in’ to BCAR procedures.  However Building Control bureaucracy will cost them a multiple of any tax savings under new Government incentives.  The Irish Association of Self Builders (IAOSB) this week wrote to Minister Simon Coveney and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and allege that RIAI interventions to the Law Society and lending institutions influenced policy decisions for non-adoption of recent regulatory changes- the SI.365 ‘opt out’ introduced in September 2015.

The implications of increased thermal performance, airtightness in dwellings and the consequent dangers of poor ventilation due to inadequate design input are the subject of much discussion at present. The UK Architects Journal outlined some of the technical challenges facing designers when working to low-energy standards.

The Irish Times reported that no new “rapid-build” houses for homeless families living in hotels will be built by any Dublin local authority this year, despite Government commitments to have 320 under way by Christmas. So far, only Dublin City Council has built any modular housing – 22 houses in Poppintree, Ballymun, which had been due for completion last December, but were not occupied until May this year some and took approximately 8 months to complete.  The Government’s ‘Rapid’ initiative for social housing has been widely criticised in the media and industry as being slower to deliver than conventional permanent homes, and more costly than the purchase of existing homes for sale in similar locations.

The BRegs Weekly e-zine gathers all recent social media discussions relating to Building Control Regulations into one weekly digest. It is published every Friday and gives a round-up of news highlights for the week.  We recommend signing up for an automatic subscription to keep up with the discussion surrounding the current annual review of the BC(A)R, and more recent media articles and stories about building control and the impacts on the consumer and construction industry.

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