#RIAICouncilElection Make your vote count #Vote Mark Stephens for Western Region – please share/retweet

RIAI members have until midnight tonight to cast their vote in the RIAI Council Election. Much has been said about making your vote count and to think carefully over your vote and who will represent you on Council for 2015. Read More …

Update on #Mayo #House Photos in progress

Below is a tiled mosaic of the photos of ‘Work in progress’ on this 2 & 1 storey one-off house in Co. Mayo, Ireland (first S.I.9 project on site):

I have an Assigned Certifier, why do I need an architect?

Since April this year, it is mandatory (for new houses & extensions >40m2) that the works are ‘signed-off by one of three registered professionals: 1. Registered Architect 2. Chartered Engineer or 3. Registered Building Surveyor. There has been much debate Read More …

House under construction update: Trusses arrive

Below is a mosaic of the photos from the site visit this morning on the first SI9 house we’re undertaking for a one-off house in County Mayo. The oak trusses come from Glenfort:

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 …

Project update: photos of work in progress

Below is slideshow of project on site at moment of rural house in Mayo; 2 storey at front – single at rear – some lovely big glass openings to the south. Not a Passivhaus but a lot of features trickled Read More …

Test in order to become builder in Ireland [sarcasm] @bregsblog mentioned

Test in order to become builder in Ireland Q. 1 Do you know what these are?: n.b Who is competent to undertake the role of a builder? Someone who is competent to do so. Competence is defined as a person Read More …

The basics of Part L Thermal Modelling Building Regulation compliance – Part 1

This post has come about after the 2 I wrote for BRegsForum on: 1. Are specialist Part L Ancillary Certifiers required (Part 1) Part 2 Which in turn came about following the post by the admin team on: Design Certifiers Read More …

This is my S.I 9 policy…

I’m a great believer in setting your cards out on the table; so with that in mind below is my ‘company’ policy on S.I no.9 of 2014: • So that the Government doesn’t suspect me of overcharging on ‘Designer’ and Read More …

Architects can do more than just the pretty bit…

The writing was on the wall prior to the implementation of the Building Regulation Amendments under S.I.No.9 of 2014 but since April 1st it looks as if the situation will increase… The situation being my appointment for the design and Read More …