The CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) announced the launch of a Register for Architectural Technologists in Ireland. The Register is currently voluntary, the formation of which is supported by the Department for Environment, Communities and Local Government (DECLG). The objective of the voluntary Architectural Technologists’ Register is for it to attain Statutory status and for its Registrants to be accepted as competent to provide Design and Assigned Certifier services under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014. For this to be achieved primary legislation will be required and the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 will require amendment.


  Mick Wallace TD engaged in a Dáil 'Topical Issue' debate with Minister Hogan TD concerning the Building Control Regulations (S.I.9/2014) and Architectural Technologists.


  A Dail debate has been announced for 27th May 2014 concerning the Building Regulations (specifically S.I.9/2014) and our fellow practitioners the Architectural Technologists.


  The Architects' Alliance of Ireland is announcing the retirement of Margaret Kirwan as Chair. Margaret's term of office has ended and she will continue as an Officer of the committee. Aidan Coleman is the new Chair. AAoI and all members of the committee are hugely indebted to Margaret for her work as the first Chair of the Alliance. The committee wishes Aidan Coleman success in his new position.


  The Architects' Alliance of Ireland launched a new website to inform the public and professionals on the impact of the new Building Control Regulations. The Website can be accessed at the following address: The new Regulations will affect small building works, self-builders, building contractors, designers and certifiers.


  Senator Mark Daly (Kerry South, Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Communications, Energy & Natural Resources): I thank the Minister for coming to the House. This issue relates to the new 2013 regulations introduced under the Building Control Act, and they relate to certification of building works. There seems to be much concern among architects, engineers and surveyors regarding the exclusion of large numbers of competent engineers and architects who currently do a job in applying for planning permission and supervising construction works. It now seems that those who have been deemed competent for decades and who have been in the industry for years will not be able to certify works under these regulations. Will the Minister outline what is being done to allay their fears? People's lives and livelihoods - their ability to earn a living - are being put at risk.


  James Bannon TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 492: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the registration arrangements currently provided for in the Building Control Act 1997 in respect of the grandfather clause, relating to practically trained persons providing architectural services here; if he faciliate Architects Alliance of Ireland the opportunity to address these issues; the way this will be done; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


  Michael Healy-Rae TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 522: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding ARAE registration; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


  AAoI was informed of a complaint against S.I. No. 80 of 2013 - Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013, recently sent to the European Commission.


  Michael Healy-Rae TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 147: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


  Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 31: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government in view of the latest evacuation of residents due to non-compliance with fire safety building regulations in Navan and following similar exposure of non-compliance with fire safety regulations in the Fingal, Dublin city, south Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council areas, if he will list the councils which have taken enforcement action against developers or contractors in relation to non-compliance with fire safety regulations since he took office in March 2011; and if he will provide an update on any progress or discussion on the new building regulations with architects, engineers and other professional bodies


  Terence Flanagan TD (Dublin North East, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 239: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the number of officials in his Department that are receiving the cost of club membership fees, including sports clubs and professional bodies, as part of their contract of employment; the total cost per year to his Department of paying these fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


  An exploratory meeting was held between AAoI, Minister Hogan's officials and the RIAI at the Custom House. The discussion centred on Mr Fennell's report (particularly those recommendations which can be implemented without legislative change) and on the impact of mandatory self-certification in March 2014. Further meetings are expected.


  The EU published a press statement headed "Evaluating national regulations on access to professions" which begins: "Member States may reserve the right to access certain professional activities to the holders of specific qualifications (e.g. design of new buildings reserved to architects) for reasons of general interest. Such restrictions make the mobility of professionals within the single market more difficult. In addition, these measures may limit employment and competitiveness in the economic sectors concerned. The Commission is therefore inviting Member States to review their restrictions on the access to professions and to assess their proportionality."


  Architects' Alliance of Ireland announces an open meeting scheduled on Saturday 5th of October. The meeting will take place at Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Rd, Portlaoise.

This meeting is open to all disenfranchised architects and to our supporters. We will be considering in particular, THE FENNELL REPORT which was published this week. Some of its recommendations are ready for implementation, others require legislation - which may or may not arise. We hope you can make it to the meeting.

lding Surveyors established in accordance with the Building Control Act 2007 or who are Chartered Engineers may sign the statutory certificates of compliance for designers and for assigned certifiers that will be introduced under the new regulations. Depending on their background and experience , members of the Architects Alliance may qualify for consideration for inclusion on the register of Architects or on the register of Building Surveyors which, as indicated, would also enable them to sign the statutory certificates being introduced under the new regulations. The new regulations will provide for a transition period of 12 months which will, among other things, give sufficient time for eligible persons who have not already done so to apply for registration. The transition period will also provide for a smooth transition to the new requirements in terms of projects currently on site. The arrangements for the registration of Architects and Building Surveyors under the Building Control Act 2007 are open, transparent and fair for potential candidates from a variety of backgrounds including those who are practically trained and have limited or no academic training or qualifications. I am satisfied that the statutory arrangements for registration that are currently in place are appropriate and I have no proposals to amend the Act presently. I understand that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Arts and Culture has recently been giving some consideration to the arrangements that are in place for t the registration of practically trained architects under the Act of 2007. I look forward to considering the Committee conclusions and recommendations in due course. My own view as outlined above is that the existing statutory position is fair and reasonable but that it may be opportune at this point to consider what practical steps can be taken to facilitate and support practically trained people who are interested in doing so to pursue the opportunities for registration that are open to them under the Act. I have asked my Department, in conjunction with the RIAI as registration body for the Register of Architects, to meet with members of the Architects Alliance to discuss further the concerns raised in the correspondence supplied.



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