A new form of contract is now available to the Irish construction industry under the title private sector contract (PSC): Conditions of Contract for Building and Engineering Works Designed by the Employer; It was launched and published jointly on 15 September 2020 by its three lead organisations, the Confederation of the Construction Industry (CIF), Engineers Ireland and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). This new form of contract should be suitable for all medium-to-large construction or civil engineering works here in Ireland for which the project planning must be carried out by the employer. Following the introduction of BCAR SI.9 against the advice of industry players in March 2014 by then Minister Phil Hogan, an addendum to the RIAI construction contract was withdrawn as a short-term measure to keep construction tenders on track from March 2014. It is recommended that members not accept this document, which was unilaterally incorporated into the RIAI contract forms without the agreement of the Liaison Committee. This document is therefore not agreed and is not part of the contractual documents. The CIF requested the RIAI to immediately withdraw this document from circulation in the agreed contractual form. The Committee was aware that some practitioners had attempted to exclude the General Conditions of Sale of the Law Society, which were exclusively retained on a construction contract containing certain special conditions for the title. Practitioners are reminded that the format of the certificate of title clearly states that “the purchase was made on the basis of the conditions of sale and / or construction of the current Law Society”. The Commission considers that the exclusion of such conditions would prevent the buyer`s lawyer from issuing a deed of ownership.
The occupational safety and health sector is increasingly important for all stakeholders in the construction sector. The CIF works to develop and raise awareness among IRC member companies and their employees of the highest quality by improving safety best practices and passing them on to all members who ensure a safer working environment and contribute to a positive image of the Namibian construction industry. The CIF allows for organizational health and safety courses. The CIF can also help refer member companies to health and safety advisors for safety audits and on-site inspections. The CIF also provides information on relevant codes and practices. For the avoidance of doubt, the Panel confirms that the use of the terms “conditions of sale and/or construction” in the documentation of the certificate of ownership should mean that the conditions of sale relating to the purchase of second-hand real estate are necessary and that the conditions of sale and the terms of the construction contract are necessary for the purchase of a building or newly constructed immovable property during construction. . . .