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8 Reasons why you can no longer build a house without professional services.

8 Reasons why you can no longer build a house without professional services.

A new client recently asked if it was possible just to hire an architect for design and planning permission stages, and then to self- build with no further professional services. We thought it was worth posting our response to this very common question.   In short, the answer is technically yes, there’s nothing legally stopping you, but in practice it no longer works. There are just too many other parties in the process who will require you to have an architect. Not having an architect when you need one could (indirectly) prevent your build being: properly financed, legally certified, or even being added to the register of compliant buildings. Tradition of...

Assigned Certifier- Your Design Team FAQ

Assigned Certifier- Your Design Team FAQ

The Assigned Certifier is a registered professional appointed by a building owner to organise inspections and certify a building’s compliance with the Building Regulations. The role is precisely defined in law under the 2014 Building Control Amendment Regulations. The Assigned Certifier is one of two parties who sign the Certificate of Compliance on Completion; and together with the builder, is liable for all design and construction defects.Link to background information on implementation of new BC(A)R System Main Aspects of Assigned Certifier Duties This is a relatively new role, but  the systematic nature of the work is similar to internal quality control procedures within well run architectural practices. The exact legal...

Overview of Building Control Changes 2013- 2015

We offer Assigned Certifier Services under the 2014 Building Control (Amendment) Regulations. Please see our “Services” section for a breakdown of our BC(A)R service. This page gives background information on the introduction of these regulations: History of Weak Building Control in Ireland Why has the law changed? Affect on Legal Liabilities Affect on Construction Prices Media Myths and Misconceptions about BC(A)R Since March 2014, a large proportion of new construction projects are subject to additional certification and inspection regulations under SI-09 2014. We have implemented new systems to meet the demands of the new Building Control regime so that we may continue to meet all your architecture needs. History of...

Assigned Certifier Services Re-imagined to Add Value

Assigned Certifier Services Re-imagined to Add Value

Worried about Building Control? The government created the complex new building control system in response to Priory Hall, but DKAD have re-imagined the paperwork, checklists and procedures to empower our clients as never before. 4 Steps that Make our Building Control Service Different? Harness the Potential of Your Expanded Design Team Use New Record Keeping Procedures as Project Planning Tools Refine and Streamline the Processes Innovate to Create Management Information and Project Insights SI-09 2014 demands that you pay for a lot more professional services than you might otherwise want: more information, more spreadsheets, thicker files, a bigger team of professionals and more accountability. We believe this extra work can...