BRegs Weekly | 14 April 2017

14 April 2017 – BRegs Weekly 52- Edition 102

Edition 102 of BRegs Weekly is out now.

Consumer groups and opposition politicians have been critical of privately run and operated registers of competence established under building control procedures BC(A)R SI.9. The perception is that there is a strong conflict of interest when private representative membership organisations are tasked with policing their own members, and that there are little in the way of actual consumer protections as a result.

Notwithstanding these issues, Minister Simon Coveney has reaffirmed his commitment to see the Construction Industry Register Ireland put on a statutory footing in the coming months.  This is a very significant change for the construction industry and means that all builders and sub-contractors will have to be vetted by CIRI/ CIF and pay an annual charge of €600. There are currently 30+ categories of registration (e.g. house builder, plasterer, civil engineering contractor).  The Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) was launched by the CIF three years ago with the promise that it would “try to distinguish legitimate construction companies/ sole traders from those who have given the industry a bad name”– see link. Then Minister Phil Hogan, said that CIRI would be a “critically important steps towards restoring public confidence in the construction industry”.

The exclusion of Architectural Technologists and other appropriately qualified professionals from statutory certifier roles has been a consistent criticism of BC(A)R SI9 building control procedures introduced by former Phil Hogan in 2014. The Irish Architectural Technology Network (IATN)  launched a survey earlier this year to gauge support and seek opinion for the establishment, administration and maintenance of a register.  There was a large response, 604 Architectural Technologists and 168 Architects took part. The results give an inside into the strong level of support for the creation of a statutory register for Architectural Technologists. Three years on and Architectural Technologists see careers impacted upon by these exclusions.

Housing and homeless issues figure prominently in the media again this week. The continued lack of focus by policy makers on affordable housing and heavy reliance on private sector delivery of social housing feature. In 2016 just 37 Part V social homes were delivered nationwide. Despite the fact that “There were 70 construction cranes visible over the centre of Dublin on April 1st from the seventh floor of The Irish Times building on Tara Street.”.. just 2 are active on residential building. Housing problems are set to continue for some time.

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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