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Will the Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013 improve the accessibility of buildings?

The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (SI No 80 of 2013) were signed by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan on the 8th March 2013 and will come into effect on the 1st March 2014.

The purpose of the amendment regulations is to strengthen the current arrangements in place for the control of building activity. The amended regulations will require members of the construction industry to inspect and sign off on buildings at various stages of their construction and on completion, indicating that they are in compliance with the appropriate Building Regulations.

The question is however, ‘Will the Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013 improve the accessibility of buildings’?

As present, accessibility is mainly considered at the design stage of projects and little reference is given to accessibility during planning, construction or handover.   This can have major implications on the overall accessibility and use of the building on completion.  For example, recent inspections carried out by OHAC where accessibility had been considered in the design stages but not during construction found a number of shortcomings including:

In our opinion, the amended regulations will improve the overall accessibility of buildings as:

If you would like further information on the Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013 or improving the overall accessibility of buildings, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01-4151285 or [email protected].