Chamber of Architects calls on the Government to amend the Building and Construction draft bill for greater transparency

The Chamber of Architects has expressed dissatisfaction and concern about the Building and Construction Authority draft bill and is calling on the Government to amend this bill, with a view to greater transparency.

The President of the Chamber of Architects, Andre Pizzuto, said that the board of this new authority will be a ‘factotum’, which will even decide everything. He expressed concern that the law also empowers the board to delegate its work, giving rise to abuse or lack of transparency.

The Chamber of Architects is also concerned that with this law, any power or duty belonging to the Building and Construction Authority will be able to be delegated to a non-governmental entity. It said it was concerned with the way the law was written as it did not specify how this would be done and what could and could not be delegated, including for example the licensing of contractors.

Architect Pizzuto said that just as the State issued architects with a warrant, it should be the State that issued contractors’ licenses.

He also said that it was worrying that during the Parliamentary Committee, the Government adviser indicated that enforcement on construction sites could be delegated to LESA, adding that he was also concerned that the National Building Code would include all kinds of regulations. The Chamber is proposing to separate design regulations from construction regulations.

Architect Pizzuto complained that the Chamber of Architects was not given the chance to present its researched proposals to the Government and its advisers, or to the current opposition spokesperson in the sector. He added that the only entity that heard what the Chamber of Architects had to say was the Technical Committee set up by the Prime Minister, which did not only listen but also endorsed the research and concepts raised by the Chamber.

The President of the Chamber of Architects said that the Chamber never asked to be represented on the Board of the Authority because it refuses to be on executive boards of public entities, and proposed that there be a Stakeholders’ Committee.