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RIAI President’s Statement on Building Control (Amendment) Regulations

Published: Friday, November 21, 2014

RIAI President Robin Mandal

The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BC(A)R) will apply to most building works (including new houses, housing and apartments, house extensions over 40m2, schools, factories, offices, shops, hospitals and other government investment projects) from 1st March 2014.

While the building regulations themselves have not changed, the way in which compliance with the regulations is controlled will change.  This new system extends the level of self-certification involved in the building process. Building owners must now engage a registered architect, a registered building surveyor or a chartered engineer to act as an assigned certifier on most building projects. The building owner is also obliged to appoint a competent builder.

The Institute will continue to work with the Department, the construction industry and the public to ensure the delivery of a better building control system, including our focus on strengthening the role of architectural technologists in the building control system.

Our primary concerns with BC(A)R include:

  • Lack of appropriate independent oversight - to support those tasked with compliance
  • Absence of mandatory project insurance - in line with international best practice.
  • Inadequate timescale - to ensure the supporting systems and documentation are in place. This is why the RIAI called for a deferral.

Self-Builders
It is unclear how self builders will be able to operate under the new system. The government will need to provide clarification on this issue.

Increased costs
The RIAI estimates that these new roles will increase the time involvement of the professionals by 30-50 percent, depending on the nature of the project.

The RIAI supports better building standards and will continue to engage with the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government after March 1, 2014 to strengthen the system in the interests of consumers.

Robin Mandal, RIAI President

S.I. No. 9 of 2014 BC(A)R

BC(A)R Code of Practice

RIAI Client Guidance Note

RIAI President Robin Mandal is interviewed by RTE News at One, 28 February 2014 

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