Friday 18 October 2019

Building group calls for register

Building control regulations do not apply to
Building control regulations do not apply to "self builders" of one-off houses, the director of the country's main construction lobby group has warned. (stock photo)

Fearghal O'Connor

Building control regulations do not apply to "self builders" of one-off houses, the director of the country's main construction lobby group has warned. Construction Industry Federation (CIF) director Hubert Fitzpatrick said stricter building regulations had been implemented to protect against the types of serious fire safety and structural defects that arose previously but that self builders could opt out.

But he called for a statutory register of builders to identify for consumers and contracting authorities "those builders with the required competency, financial robustness and track-record to deliver quality construction".

Such a move has been resisted by critics in the past who have argued it could lead to conflicts of interest and would potentially be a money making exercise for the lobby group.

The culture of compliance within the wider construction industry "has been strengthened substantially", said Fitzpatrick, but "worryingly, for the consumer, all of these protective mechanisms do not apply in the case of self-building of one-off housing."

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