Roofs should stand up to wind speeds of 51 meters per second or about 114 miles per hour, before they start to sustain structural damage.
We unlike the UK do not have enforcement of our Building Regulations.
Anyone without qualifications may certify a building by way of providing a “Certificate of compliance with planning permission and building regulations” even if they never attended secondary school let alone do an honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering.
If someone claims to have worked for ten years as an " Engineer" banks will accept their certificates of compliance. Hence the only requirement is to be in effect 28 years old.
Hoards of individuals are certifying buildings who do not have professional level qualifications.
The terms Architect and Building Surveyor as well as Quantity Surveyor are protected under the Building Control Bill since 8th of may 2008, however the term Engineer can be used by anyone.
In the UK you must submit calculations to the Building Control Department ( District Surveyors Office ) for approval before building. In Ireland the building control department has the power to request calculations but have no responsibility to inspect, as there is a private certification scheme.
Building professionals who are too fussy are simply replaced and brushed aside for those less fussy.
A builder in Mullingar offered me €75 per house to supervise and certify a 150 house development two years ago
“certify” being the operative word.
Homebond only covers serious structural issues ie if the place is going to fall down
Agree with posters on enforcement of building regs, the apartments in our mixed development don’t have a soundproofing compliance cert, quite simply don’t have one. Apparently sound travels two floors.
Today was windy, but the wind speed was nowhere near 120 mph. This incident in Sandyford is another example of the shockingly poor building standards of housing in Ireland in recent years coming home to roost. We have now had the Pyrite/foundations cracking scandal in new developments in North County Dublin and now this. There will be more to come.
Atrocious building standards and importantly, a lack of proper enforcement of regulations are coming home to roost. I feel sorry for the people who bought in these places as PPRs. Not only are they contending with negative equity, the build quality of their dwelling is also in question.
On arrival at Sandyford View you are immediately aware of the uniqueness of this development. With the peace and tranquillity of the natural environment of the Dublin Mountain on one side and the breath taking panoramic views of the bustling city on the other. Blackglen Road, opposite the famous Lamb Doyles. You will feel at home at Sandyford View with its convenient location to so many townlands Rathfarnham, Ballinteer, Dundrum, Stillorgan, Hill. The residents will be delighted with the village convenience shores located on site.
The landscape development of the scheme has been devised to take advantage of the unique character and outlook of the site. Steeply sloping, with superb views over the city, the site has been terraced to allow the development of car parking and residential development. The landscape concept incorporates these characteristics to best effect.
Approaching from the south along the access road, enclosing a large area of open space, the views open up nearing the entrance to the site. The large area of open space, enclosed by the access road, will be graded and will contain footpaths to link the development back up to the Blackglen Road and to provide loop walks.
Throughout the development a structure of themed, linked, open spaces and gardens will be constructed and planted. They will generate an innovative residential area providing a pleasant living environment suited to the modern lifestyle. A viewing platform at the entrance to the site overlooks a series of terraced gardens stepping down the site and gives spectacular views over the development to the city beyond. These terraced gardens are part of a planned series of attractive open spaces that will provide a substantial amenity within the development. They also provide a ‘corridor’ of focused views to the sweep of Dublin Bay.