Friday, April 05, 2013

New building regulations will hold those responsible for shoddy work to account

Measures will ensure that work is completed to appropriate standards helping to eradicate pyrite homes in the future

Fine Gael Meath East Deputy, Regina Doherty, has said the new control measures for building projects which have been introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD, will hold building professionals to account, holding them legally liable for shoddy or substandard work.

Deputy Doherty went on to say that these new building regulations will help to eradicate poor performance by designers and developers into the future and should help to eradicate the construction of pyritic homes which have caused untold heartache for the people of Meath and beyond.

“The Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013 will help to address the legacy issues associated with our desperately poorly regulated housing sector. By putting proper measures in place and ensuring that the people with responsibility for certain aspects of construction are doing their jobs, we can help to restore faith to the industry and give consumers the confidence they need when buying a home.

“The appointment of Assigned Certifiers, who can be registered architects, engineers or building surveyors, will ensure that at every stage of development, construction is going according to plan. By ensuring that designers, builders and Assigned Certifiers sign mandatory certificates of compliance, stating that a finished building complies with the regulations, the onus is on the professional to deliver a quality service. Failure to do so means that they can be held legally responsible for the consequences of their shoddy workmanship, putting the consumer back in the driving seat.

“I also welcome the Minister’s commitment to review construction project-related insurance, as was recommended by the Report of the independent Pyrite Panel. Minister Hogan has written to the Minister for Enterprise, Richard Bruton TD, and to relevant public bodies, seeking participation at an early date in the review to deal with insurance cover for buildings during and after construction. This could go some way to addressing the concerns and working out remedies for consumers if irregularities and building failures occur.”

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