Northern Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Committee

The Northern Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Committee (NIBRAC) is a statutory body set up under Article 4 of the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 to advise the department on the amendment of Building Regulations and other associated matters.

The Role of NIBRAC

Article 4. (1) of the 1979 Order states: "The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (in this Order referred to as "the Advisory Committee") shall continue to exist to advise the department upon the amendment of building regulations and upon any matter arising out of or connected with the amendment or operation of Building Regulations which may be referred to the Advisory Committee by the department”.

Members of NIBRAC are appointed by the Department in accordance with the procedures set out in the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (OCPANI). The NI/EU Legislation and Energy Unit of Properties Division is responsible for co-ordinating the appointments to NIBRAC, and acts as a secretariat.

Members of NIBRAC are not appointed to represent particular interests or organisations, but rather for the independent experience and knowledge they can bring to the committee. However, care is taken to ensure that the membership of the committee reflects the range of expertise in the building industry, and those likely to be affected by the regulations. Appointments are unpaid, however members may claim for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with the business of the committee.

Appointment of NIBRAC Chair and Members

Mabel Higgins has been appointed as Chair of NIBRAC. The appointment is for a three year term, which commenced on 15 April 2019.

The process for the appointment of Committee members is now underway. Eight members will be appointed - each with expertise in one of the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Building regulation enforcement
  • Building Services, engineering & energy
  • Building surveying
  • Construction (domestic)
  • Construction (non-domestic)
  • Fire safety, fire protection and fire safety engineering
  • Structural engineering

These are three year appointments with the possibility of extension. 

The deadline for applying has now passed

When the recruitment process is complete, the Department of Finance will announce the names of the appointed NIBRAC members.





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