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 is the Chair of NIBRAC. She was appointed for a three year term, which commenced on 15 April 2019. NIBRAC will also consist of eight members, with each appointed on the basis of their expertise in a construction related discipline. Two members were appointed to NIBRAC on 30 September, as follows:

  • Ross Reid (Architecture area of expertise)
  • David Algie (Building services, engineering and energy area of expertise)

A recruitment competition to appoint the additional members will be run shortly. Members will be sought with expertise in at least one of the following areas:

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

These will be three year appointments with the possibility of extension.

If you would like to request an update by email when the competition launches, please email info.bru@finance-ni.gov.uk

 

 

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