Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Department of Education and Skills
Building Regulations Compliance
46. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to capital building projects currently under way under the remit of his Department and the building programmes planned for 2014, if he will outline the impact the new building control regulations 2013 which will come into effect on 1 March will have on the costs of each specific project; if he will list the projects under way; the additional costs that will be incurred on each due to increase professional fees due to the increased supervision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4364/14]
The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 require that a Building Owner (a) appoint a competent person/company as an Assigned Certifier to inspect the building works during construction and to provide a Certificate of Compliance with the Building Regulations on completion and (b) appoint a competent Builder to construct in accordance with the plans, specifications and Building Regulations and to sign the Certificate of Compliance on completion. The designer of the building works is also required to certify that the design documentation (plans, calculations, specifications, etc.) have been prepared to demonstrate compliance with the Building Regulations. The original Statutory Instrument, S.I. 80 Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013, was published on 15th March 2013 and specified an implementation date of 1st March 2014. Following its publication, a process of consultation between the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and industry stakeholders was embarked upon. This culminated in the issue of a revised Statutory Instrument, S.I. No. 9 of 2014, on 20th January 2014. My Department is currently assessing the implications of the revised S.I. on projects in the capital programme, including potential additional professional fees arising from the regulations.