The Cabinet of Dominica has approved the new Building Codes and Regulations 2022.
Minister for Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience and Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy, Dr. Vince Henderson made the announcement on Prime Minister weekly Annou Pale Program on Sunday night.
“We recently approved the new billing regulations 2022,” he said. “The code really sets out the standards for construction so anything in the built environment, anything that is defined as a development will fall under what is considered standards for construction.
Henderson continued, “The regulations is really the enforcement part of it, so the regulations speaks to how, it gives a detail of what needs to be done, how it should be monitored and supervised and of course enforced.”
According to him, essentially what the code does is to provide the guidelines – the instruction manual – as to what should be done to ensure that persons can adhere to the standards of construction.
Dr. Henderson said Post Hurricane Maria there were a number of consultations and discussions with the builders association, architects, engineers association, the input of the OECS commission, the Physical Planning Division, and the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in seeking to rebuild.
“We were able to evaluate the impact and look for the lessons to be learnt and those fed into what we now have as the building regulations,” the minister stated.
Meantime, Acting Chief Physical Planner, Naomi Dorival said a few key lessons learnt following the passage of Hurricane Maria is that the implementation of the code itself had some flaws.
“We had a lack of compliance to the standards, the location of certain buildings, because if you are in an area that is exposed to hazards then the likelihood of impact is increased…so we saw that the location of some buildings, the infrastructure played a part in that,” she explained.
She also mentioned that there were flaws/gaps in the quality of material used for construction.
“So these are the key areas that we recognized we needed to have stringent enforcement play a role,” Dorival stated.