The RIAI has welcomed the newly amended Building Control Regulations which were given legal effect when they were signed into law by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD. RIAI Director, John Graby, said that the 12-month implementation period announced by the Minister will give the Government and the country’s Local Authorities the time they need to get their inspection and monitoring systems operating effectively.

“The new Building Regulations – prepared by Minister Hogan and his Department – represent one of the most significant efforts to strengthen the country’s building control system since the introduction of the original Building Regulations over 20 years ago and they are to be commended on this. Recent events have highlighted the importance of strengthening our regulatory processes, it is vital that we get the system right so that we can prevent as many difficulties as possible from arising in the future,” John Graby said.

Clarification on Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 S.I. 80 of 2013 – 40 squares metres extension to a dwelling.

There is significant error in S.I. 80 of 2013 relating the size of an extension to a dwelling.
Paragraph (2) (b) on page 5 reads: “an extension to a dwelling involving a total area no greater than 40 square metres”. This is a misprint and is incorrect.

Paragraph (2) (b) should read “an extension to a dwelling involving a total area greater than 40 square metres.” This misprint occurs in a number of instances in the S.I.

The RIAI has been advised by the Building Standards Section of the Department of Environment Community and Local Government that it is their intention to correct this misprint in the Regulations before coming to the effect on the 1st of March 2014.