A few observations on opting out of SI9… @BRegsBlog

There’s a few things that have arisen regarding clients and opting out of SI 9 recently that I thought I’d share: Firstly, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about with opting in or out – read THIS first So, Read More …

Mark Stephens Architects in yesterdays Sunday Times…

In case you missed it: below is the article where we were featured in the Sunday Time’s article on Self-Building and the Building Regulations: You can see other articles where Mark Stephens Architects are included HERE

Mould and buildings! A huge thanks to Simon McGuinness @PassiveLogical for this [video]

The topic of mould has raised it’s head a lot on the refurbishment of older properties we’ve been working on recently. The excellent video below by Simon McGuinness (PassiveLogical) gives a full and detailed explanation of what’s happening and what Read More …

How many inspections does a build need ? @BuildConReg & @BRegsBlog mentioned

I’ve written about this subject previously HERE and the key part and precedent mentioned in this post is: “It is held that an architect is entitled to use his judgement as to how frequently he inspects: “…He may in such Read More …

So where are we now with the Building Regulation/Control changes? @BRegsBlog mentioned

I thought it useful to outline what the current situation is regarding the Building Regulation Amendments: 1. For a one-off house or extension> 40m2 you can either opt-in to S.I No.9 of 2014 (where you need an Assigned Designer/Certifier etc…) Read More …

Cost comparison of UK vs Ireland Building Control (YT name checked on @BRegsBlog )

How much does Building Control cost in the UK (Northern Ireland) for apartments? The UK system of Local Authority inspections is an evolved version of the one we used to have in Ireland before self-certification was introduced in 1992… TO Read More …

Is the new BCAR system what's best for country? Mark Stephens name checked in Irish Examiner

I gave a quick interview over phone for the Irish Examiner last week in THIS ARTICLE in the Irish Examiner on Saturday; my thoughts on the further amendments to the Building Control system.

Opt-in or out? of Building Control – The pro's & cons cc @BRegsBlog

Following on from THIS POST on the ‘Opting-out’ change to S.I.9 of Building Control, here’s a post outlining my personal opinion on the pro’s and cons of whether you should ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’. An explanatory Information Note by the Dept Read More …

2 Tier Building Control system implemented in Ireland from Sept 1st

After a lot of wondering what it was going to look like, S.I.9 has been updated via S.I. 365 so that one-off houses/extensions are exempt from the key aspects of S.I.9. This in one swoop has created effectively a two-tier Read More …

Building Regulations set to change (again) Sept 1st – what exactly is it that I want? @BRegsBlog

A short recap: S.I. No.9 of 2014 came into play March 2014 where projects (falling under and subject to the Building Regulations, type & exemptions) require: • Design Certifier • Assigned Certifier With less than a week to go; there Read More …