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 …

A new Advice Sheet on Airtightness Critical Locations added

I haven’t done an advice sheet in a while and this problem has occurred on site recently so I’ve put together this sheet on ‘often forgotten’ and critical airtightness locations: Click HERE to download Advice Sheet #9 – Airtightness Critical Read More …

Work progressing well on this contemporary timber frame extension to 2 storey farmhouse [slideshow]

Quick update and slideshow on this contemporary timber framed extension to a traditional 2 storey Irish farmhouse:

Currently putting BCR Comply through its paces #CPD #AssignedCertifier

Mark Stephens Architects, Passivhaus Designers, Design Certifiers & Assigned Certifiers / As well as being registered architects and Passivhaus Designers; I forget sometimes forget (how could I) that we’re also Design Certifier and Assigned Certifiers under S.I. No. 9 of 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 …

Online Planning Advice – €50 per question

There has been such a response to THIS POST on the Statute of Limitations and Planning Enforcement that I can no longer provide the response to specific questions free of charge. So, if you have a question on any of 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 …