• 09 Oct 2020

RIAI BC(A)R Code of Good Practice for Designer and Certifier Roles – Edition 2 (March 2020)

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is pleased to publish the ‘BC(A)R Code of Good Practice for Designer and Certifier Roles – Edition 2’. The aim of the revised Code is to give RIAI Members the relevant information when they are providing a full architectural service under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 – and the services of Assigned Certifier, Design Certifier and or Ancillary Certifier.

It is envisaged that the information contained in the Code of Good Practice will be supplemented and amended from time to time. It is also recommended that the document will be used by RIAI Members using their professional judgement to suit any building project in which they are involved.

When preparing tender documentation under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014, the following publications, which are included in the Appendices section of the Code of Good Practice, will provide further information to Members:

The RIAI delivered an online webinar series to supplement the updated guidance – titled RIAI CPD Series on S.I. 9 of 2014, 5 Years Later’, and this took place over three consecutive sessions as follows:

  • 21 October 2020, Time 10.00-12.15
  • 28 October 2020, Time 11.30-13.30
  • 4 November 2020, Time 10.00-12.00

The webinar was intended as a review of S.I. 9 as the general procedures have evolved over that 5 year period, including the formation of the BCMS; provide an understanding of associated risks and how to minimise them; provide practical advice to assist you in understanding critical considerations and the procedures that should be considered. It is also intended that the webinar will bring the implications of risk management into focus.

Kathryn Meghen, CEO of the RIAI, said: “The RIAI is pleased to present the ‘BC(A)R Code of Good Practice for Designer and Certifier Roles – Edition 2’. The RIAI continually works to provide updated and relevant services for Members and we hope that members will find this new publication useful. We recommend that Members utilize the document when involved with any building project. The upcoming RIAI CPD online webinar series with three sessions will complement the guidance published. I would like to express our most sincere gratitude to all of the Members and RIAI Executive who contributed to the development of the new Code.”

Acknowledgements for the Document
The RIAI would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks the contributions of the following:                                                         

Principle Contributors
John Mitchell, Joy Kearns and Gopal Naidoo.

RIAI Co-ordinators
Joe Miller and Peter Andrews.                                                   

Reviewers / Contributors
Donal O’Donohue
Erik Maher
Orla FitzGerald
Brian Kavanagh
Pranash Ramanundh
Frank Turvey
Sandra O’Connell
Elaine McCarthy
Kathryn Meghen