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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

I wrote this post in 2011, it’s now updated for 2014 #SI9 and updated again for 2016

I wrote this post in 2011, it’s now updated for 2014 & S.I. No.9… What exactly is the difference between planning drawings and construction drawings suitable for Building Regulation compliance and submission with BCMS Planning Drawings The following are the Read More …

Part L Thermal Modelling/Building Regulation compliance:Pt 3 #Passivhaus @Target_Zer0 mentioned

This third post on the basics of Thermal Modelling and Building Regulation compliance and explains how Thermal Bridging is handled as part of the Passivhaus certification. This FACT SHEET outlines the fundamentals of Passivhaus Thermal Bridge terminology and calculations. It Read More …

The days of a single 'engineer' should be over, but they're not…

Following on from the last post concerning How many more times am I going to have to explain the difference between Planning and Building Regulation drawings; this post digs a little deeper into why this situation has arisen: • It’s Read More …

How many more times am I going to have to explain this to clients!

This is now beginning to get frustrating. How many more times am I going to have to explain that the drawings for planning are not enough to satisfy the Building Regulations. I’ve written a stack of blog posts, produced fact Read More …

Mark Stephens Architects are Assigned Certifiers under S.I.No. 9 of 2014

Mark Stephens Architects are Assigned Certifiers under S.I.No. 9 of 2014 I thought I’d use this post to set out my stall: • Yes, I will be an Assigned Certifier under S.I No.9 of 2014 (as well as ‘Designer’ under Read More …