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Straw men, indeed!

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I agree with your opinion put forward in The Sunday Gleaner of March 5 relating to the Jamaican Government's desire (both administrations) to create a group called 'building practitioners to engage in building design practices.

Such activities are held by professionals - architects, engineers, quantity surveyors - who are trained to prepare designs and oversee construction to ensure that the health, safety, and welfare of all building occupants are protected.

I am hard-pressed to understand why, after fermenting in the wilderness of our Parliament, this matter has not received clarity through public comment from the Government, which appear insistent on its inclusion in the Building Act legislation.

The Jamaica Institute of Architects, Jamaica Institution of Engineers, Jamaica Institute of Quantity Surveyors and other allied professions have, for decades, been trying to get the powers that be to advise in a public forum the intent of this specific item in the pending legislation. To date, no answer has been forthcoming.

It might be useful for the group of persons designated 'building practitioners' to clarify this matter about a transfer of authority and responsibilities from the duly constituted professionals.