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Building Regulations Update

21/11/2022

Building Regulations Update

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, has signed new building regulations (S.I. 535 of 2022) that require Electric Vehicle recharging infrastructure to be installed in new homes to enable future installation of EV recharging points.

 

The regulations apply to:

  • New dwelling houses with a parking space located within the boundary of the dwelling.
  • New multi-unit residential buildings
  • Multi-unit residential buildings undergoing major renovation where the car park is located inside or adjacent to the building, and where renovations include the car park or the electrical infrastructure of the building or car park.

 

Minister O’Brien has also signed new regulations (S.I. 534 of 2022) to facilitate the roll-out of district heating. The purpose of the regulations is to support more district heating and cooling in residential buildings. The regulations are a partial transposition of Article 15.4 of the Renewable Energy Directive to permit the Building Regulation minimum requirements for renewable energy in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings to be fulfilled through efficient district heating and cooling using a significant share of renewable energy and waste heat and cold.

 

Technical Guidance Documents L (Conservation of Fuel and Energy) 2022 have been published to accompany these new regulations and may be accessed at:

 

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/d82ea-technical-guidance-document-l-conservation-of-fuel-and-energy-dwellings/

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/80125-technical-guidance-document-l-conservation-of-fuel-and-energy-buildings-other-than-dwellings/


CIF On Site Practical Approach to Management & Inspection of Scaffolding

18/10/2022

CIF would like to introduce their new one-day programme titled ” CIF On Site Practical Approach to Management & Inspection of Scaffolding “ This a blended approach to the classroom-based Management & Inspection of Scaffolding Course. Delivered over one day consisting of theory in the morning and a site scaffold inspection in the afternoon.

This course gives companies an opportunity to upskill their on-site staff responsible on how to carry out the inspections/fault finding on scaffolding systems on site.  The course details all the various components, the issues that arise around the safe management of scaffolding and how to handle any problems that may arise.

This course is delivered specifically for companies on their own sites.

Full details HERE

All queries may be directed to Conor Greham on 01 4066031 / [email protected]

 


Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Contractors

13/10/2022

What is the definition of Contractor?

A Contractor means any employer whose employees carry out construction work and includes both main contractor and sub-contractor. Contractor may also include a self-employed person where such a person supplies materials and labour or labour only.  In addition, a body such as a local authority may also be a contractor, if the construction work is carried out directly by employees of that body.


Power of Diversity Course Feedback

28/09/2022

Some feedback on CIF’s Power of Diversity Programme delivered on September 27th

  • ” The Programme covers a broad range of topics around the area of diversity that managers can implement with their teams. It gives you the tools to work on areas such as workplace bias and inclusive actions in ways that can help everyone in the workplace feel more comfortable with and more aware of diversity”
  • ” A thought provoking training that gives a definition of diversity and inclusion. The session gives practical strategies on how to put diversity into practice “
  • ” Thought provoking programme, particularly enjoyed the content regarding micro behaviours and types of bias.  An interactive programme and an excellent, clearly very knowledgeable facilitator, aided learning.  I really recommend to business leaders to take the time to complete this programme. The business benefits of D&I should be motivation enough “

Full details of course below

https://ciftraining.ie/product/the-power-of-diversity/#1664372941679-0316041c-5d38



CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal

05/09/2022

For those who work in the field of health and safety, especially health and safety in the workplace, staying up to date with developments within construction safety is a vital part of delivering an effective service, both to employers and the workforce.  Health and safety legislation often changes as we learn from real life incidents in the workplace and making sure your knowledge is current is an essential part of remaining compliant always.  This is the reason that health and safety professionals, especially within the construction industry, are required to regularly update their training with Safety Management Renewal courses for CPD purposes.


September Training Programme Schedule

31/08/2022

For your reference CIF Learning & Development Training Programme Schedule for September:

Calendar

Tuesday, September 13th: 09.00 – 17.00

City & Guilds Site Supervisor Safety Programme

Day 1: Tuesday, September 13th

Day 2: Wednesday, September 14th

https://ciftraining.ie/product/site-supervisor-safety-training/

 

Wednesday, September 14th: 09.30 – 16.30

CIF Access to Conservation & Heritage Sites

Day 1: Wednesday, September 14th

https://ciftraining.ie/product/cif-access-to-conservation-and-heritage-sites/

 

Thursday, September 15th: 09.00 – 17.00

City & Guilds Project Supervisor for Construction Stage

Day 1:  Thursday, September 15th

Day 2: Thursday, September 22nd

Day 3: Thursday, September 29th

https://ciftraining.ie/product/project-supervisor-construction-stage/



Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Client

08/08/2022

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations, 2013 interprets ‘client’ as a person for whom a project is carried out, in the course or furtherance of a trade, business or undertaking, or who undertakes a project directly in the course or furtherance of such trade, business or undertaking and since 2013 construction work done on your own domestic dwelling e.g. an extension on to your kitchen, or you are building your own house.


JULY 22 TOOLBOX TALK – ‘Temporary Works’

27/07/2022

Contributor: Sinead Gaines, P.J. Hegarty & Sons

“Temporary Works is an area of construction that workers are not always aware of unless they are directly involved in it. It is important that everyone working on a construction site  understands what Temporary Works is and report any elements of Temporary Work changes or defects to Site Management.”
(Sinead Gaines, EHS Manager, P.J. Hegarty & Sons)

Contributor’s Shared Advice:

Simplest Way to Describe Temporary Works?
Temporary works (TW) are the parts of a construction project that are needed to enable the permanent works (PW) to be built. Usually, the TW are removed after use some examples of
TW include access scaffolds or stairs, props, shoring, excavation support, falsework, and formwork, traffic management, hoarding, site gates and even sometimes the erection of signage can be considered TW.
It is very important that the same degree of care and attention is given to the design and construction of temporary works as for permanent works. As TW may be in place for a short time, there may be a tendency to assume they are less important; this would be an incorrect assumption. Lack of care with regards to design, selection and assembly may result in the risk
of an incident or injury.


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