Following on from the Architectural Technologist post, it could easily be said that Ah,well, Mark’s all right, he’s an architect and is one of the chosen few who can be Assigned Certifiers.
Well to a part it’s true but the majority of my clients are residential self-builders; those that have been eradicated by the new legislation an it puts me in a very difficult (if not impossible situation):
If I am the Building Designer and I know that the Builder is in fact the Owner (as a self-builder), then am I party to fraud?
If I am the Assigned Certifier and I know that the Builder is not the Principal or Director of a Building Company (only) and is in fact the Owner (as a self-builder), then am I party to fraud?
Answers please on a post card…
Either way, from Saturday if anything goes wrong, it’ll be down to the Architect (as usual) to stand up in court rather than an independent approved inspectorate.
ps I was just on the phone to a local journalist & informed him that based on current client statistics, I would estimate my work would decrease by at least 50% after Saturday.