Building Regulation and Standards Summit

May 29th 2018

9:00

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair 

Tina-Marie O'Neill

Tina-Marie O'Neill

Property Editor, The Sunday Business Post

Regulatory Reform

9:10

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:

Ireland’s building control policy and reform

Damien English TD

Damien English TD

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

9:30

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Quality check: Adopting international best practice to ensure an effective inspection and enforcement regime

An effective inspection regime in our building control system is crucial to ensure the regulations are adhered to. So, what are international best practice principles to sustainably improve regulatory enforcement and inspections – making them more effective, efficient and transparent?

Daniel Trnka

Daniel Trnka

Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris

International Best Practice

10:00

Building control regulations: Ireland in an International context

Our speaker compares the current BCAR system with international best practice, using examples and experiences from other countries including the Netherlands, the UK and others. Identifying strengths and weaknesses of Ireland’s current system, he’ll suggest ways in which it could be altered to produce more robust regulatory outcomes.

Eoin Leonard

Eoin Leonard

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, i3PT Certification

10:25

Morning Break

Building Consumer Confidence and Trust

10:55

PANEL DISCUSSION:

How do we ensure consumer confidence in the construction industry going forward?

Several cases of building defects have come to light in recent years, many of which received widespread press coverage, reflected badly on the industry and affected consumer confidence. Now that we are embarking on a major new building programme, how do we win back those consumers and earn their trust going forward?

Deirdre Ni Fhloinn

Deirdre Ni Fhloinn

Barrister, PhD candidate: Legal remedies for defective housing and Irish Research Council Scholar

Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

B.Sc.Arch., FRIAI, RIBA, Managing Director, Smith and Kennedy Architects, Joint Managing Director, Kompas International Architects and Chair of the BCAR Steering Group, the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI)

Anne Millar

Anne Millar

Managing Director, PTL Construction and Director, Inspex Ltd.

11:40

The lowdown on mandatory CIRI membership

The government plans to strengthen oversight in the home-building sector by making it mandatory for providers of construction services to join the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI). How will it work and what difference will it make to construction quality standards?

Hubert Fitzpatrick

Hubert Fitzpatrick

Director, Development Housing and Planning Services, Construction Industry Federation (CIF)

12:05

Lunch

1:20

Welcome back from the afternoon Chair 

Fergal O’Byrne

Fergal O’Byrne

Head of Business Excellence Certification, NSAI

Compliance

1:25

COMPLIANCE – PANEL DISCUSSION:

The culture of compliance: How do we build upon our compliance culture in Ireland?

Our panel comprises perspectives from a regulator of another industry, skills and training and a builder.

Patrick Durkan

Patrick Durkan

Managing Director, Durkan Residential Ltd.

Gail Carroll

Gail Carroll

Enforcement Policy Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Cormac Allen

Cormac Allen

Registered Architect and Assistant Head of School, Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

2:10

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Learning from our failures

What can we learn from previous failures in compliance and regulatory systems in construction? How can we ensure more companies take ownership and responsibility for delivering a safe system throughout the life cycle of a building?

Stewart Macartney

Stewart Macartney

Director, Blyth & Blyth Consulting Engineers, Edinburgh

2:40

LOCKNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION:

The current regulatory regime: a work in progress?

Does our current regulatory regime work? Could it be better? How do we build upon it? What is the ideal?

Kevin Sheridan

Kevin Sheridan

Secretary General and Past President of the Association of European Experts in Building and Construction

Eddie Cassidy

Eddie Cassidy

Projects Director, Flynn Management and Contractors

Orla Hegarty

Orla Hegarty

BArch MRIAI RIBA, Assistant Professor, the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin (UCD)

Mairéad Phelan

Mairéad Phelan

BE, CEng, FIEI, MBA, Programme Manager, the National Building Control Management Project and the supporting IT System (BCMS), the Local Government Management Agency

3:20

Closing remarks and conference close