Welcome to the website of the Liaison Committee
The Liaison Committee was established by agreement between the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI), the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). It was subsequently expanded by the inclusion of the Association of Consulting Engineers in Ireland (ACEI) and Engineers Ireland (EI).
The primary function of the Liaison Committee is to monitor the provisions of the Contract for privately funded building projects in Ireland and from time to time make recommendations to the Constituent Bodies for any amendment to the Agreement and Schedules of Conditions of the Contract issued by the RIAI in agreement with the CIF and the SCSI that may be required.
The Liaison Committee will formulate draft changes to the Contract and obtain agreement for these changes from the Constituent bodies. Following this consultation process the Committee’s final recommendation to change the wording of the RIAI Agreement and Schedule of Conditions is binding on the Constituent Bodies and the contract is so altered. Any amendments to the Contract are then circulated to the members of the Constituent Bodies and incorporated into all future copies of the RIAI Agreement and Schedule of Conditions.
Other functions of the Committee include publishing a Code of Practice for Tendering and Contractual Matters, which sets out accepted good practice for procuring Building Contractors to carry out Building Works in Ireland and other Contractual matters. The Liaison Committee Code of Practice for Tendering and Contractual Matters 2006 is published on this site and updates will also be published here as they become available. Section 15 dealing with Assessment of Tenders has been revised and extended to deal with abnormally low tenders. Supplementary Health and Safety Guidance Notes to the Liaison Committee Code of Practice for Tendering and Contractual Matters 2006 are available on this site, the Guidance Notes are based on the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Regulations 2006 (Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Regulations 2008, 2010 and 2012 should be consulted for further guidance).
The Liaison Committee will also make recommendations to the Constituent Bodies from time to time for any amendment of practice it considers desirable in connection with matters such as Tendering Procedures, Bills of Quantities (other than practice relating to the Standard Method of Measurement), Nominated Sub-Contractors, Bonding arrangements and Collateral Agreements, Schedule of Daywork Charges and any other matters which may arise from the relationship between the members of the five bodies themselves and with building matters.
The RIAI Articles of Agreement Building Contract, 2012 Editions
Further information on the new editions of the RIAI Articles of Agreement Building Contract can be found by clicking here
Schedule of Dayworks Charges and Percentage Additions
The Schedule of Dayworks Charges and Percentage Additions, prepared by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland in consultation with the Construction Industry Federation for use with the RIAI Forms of Contract 2012 Edition, are now available on the Liaison Committee website. These documents came into force on 1st January 2012.
Revised Health and Safety Construction Regulations
The 2012 Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No 461) have extended the definition of client to include all domestic dwelling clients and became operative from June 1st 2013. This means that the average domestic householder who engages a contractor and/or designer to carry out construction work where the works exceed 500 man hours or 30 man days, or where more than one contractor is involved or the work involves an identified particular risk must appoint a project supervisor.
ARM 4 SUPPLEMENT 2
The alternative rules for measurement of services applies where PC or Provisional sums do not apply as with the Public Works contracts and the design team/Employer determine that full measurement of the services in accordance with ARM 4 is not warranted. It is to be noted that this does Supplement should not apply to the RIAI forms of contract with Quantities where the ARM4 standard rules of measurement at section M and N should apply if services are not being measured and not catered by way of Prime Cost or Provisional Sums .
CURRENT LIAISON COMMITTEE PROGRAMME
The Liaison Committee keeps the contracts and associated documents under constant review. The current programme of work is as follows:
- Publication of Revised Forms of Collateral Agreement
- Revised dispute resolution clause to RIAI (pending enactment of Construction Contracts Act 2013)
- Review of Liaison Committee Constitution
- Revised Code of Practice
- Revised New Form of Contract - RIAI drafting working party in consultation with working groups of the other constituent bodies are currently drafting a completely new formatted private contract.