The Broadsheet has covered the current proposals to shift responsibilities for building control to architects and engineers.
Most other countries have state inspection of building construction. Here, any old privatised nonsense will do, it seems.
Currently, the idea is to make the architect responsible for the way the contractor builds.
Andrew Judge writes:As you may be aware the Department of the Environment are proposing to alter the Building Control Regulations so that architects (or another building professional such as engineers) will be required by law to sign a Certificate on completion that says:
“Notwithstanding the responsibilities of other person/s or firms/s in relation to the works, I accept responsibility and legal liability for the inspection of all works as necessary to ensure that they are neither defective nor contravene any requirements of the Second Schedule of the Building Regulations”. (See page 13, paragraph 4 – here)
I’m sorry, but how can one person guarantee that an entire building like a hospital or fire station is perfectly built and free from defects?
Building is much more complicated than that. There’s lots of people involved, not least the Building Contractor who is not even mentioned in the Draft Building Control Regulations.
The deadline for submissions to be made to the Department of the Environment is this Thursday 24th May 2012. It is vital that every architect and engineer make themselves heard. Email your views to email@example.com