Author: Cormac Bradley BSc CEng FIEI MICE, construction manager, RPS Group (Ireland)
Since my original piece on Building Control Amendment Regulations, or BC(A)R, and the role of the assigned certifier, readers of EngineersJournal.ie will have had the benefit of further insight on the implications of the new regime of building control from two other commentators – Mr Eoin O Cofaigh and Mr Jack Kavanagh. Ms Mairead Phelan has also written a piece from the perspective of the BCAs in the context of explaining the Building Control Management System (BCMS).
This final piece of commentary on BC(A)R is primarily an attempt to address some of the issues that the first two commentators have with the new system. In writing this piece, I have also had a section of the article reviewed by a well-respected practitioner in the insurance sector to make sure that my opinions were correct.
It would be improper of me to suggest in any way that any of the other authors are wrong in their views, especially when they have placed so much emphasis on (senior) legal opinions, but I do feel that they may have missed the essence and certainly the intent of the new Regulations and the associated Code of Practice. They are also correct that the legal system may well have a different interpretation compared to our ‘coalface practitioners’ but, clearly, it would be preferable to avoid a lesson with that sort of cost.