Entries by Andre Pizzuto

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PR 02/18 | Proposed new DNO Class for Fireworks Factories

The Planning Authority has issued for public consultation a draft Legal Notice which will effectively render any illegal fireworks factories built prior to 1994 legal, without any due process, application or consultation. The Planning Authority is proposing that such illegal development is considered as “permitted development” under the Development Notification Order (DNO) Classes, even if […]

NSO issues call for Statistical Services for Construction Survey 2018

The National Statistics Office is inviting submissions from persons/organisations interested in the provision of services related to construction projects. The Construction survey forms part of the Purchasing Power Parities Survey.  Pricing a construction project involves collecting unit prices with which to value its components and summing the values obtained to arrive at a total price for the project. […]

Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations revised

The Building Regulation Office, BRO, has announced that new regulations on Energy Performance of Buildings have now come into force. Published in L.N. 47 of 2018, they differ from the previous regulations as follows: EPB assessors shall be in possession of a warrant. A revision of the list of buildings exempted from the requirement to […]

ACE welcomes Public Procurement Package; reiterates need for quality-based public procurement

While the European Parliament is currently preparing an own-initiative report on the Public Procurement Strategy package that the Commission adopted in October 2017, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) reiterates its recommendations for quality-based public procurement. The ACE underlines the lack of quality-based decisions in the planning sector. Decisions concerning the procurement of architectural services […]

EC publishes new guidelines on public procurement

The European Commission has published new guidelines on public procurement on how to avoid errors frequently seen in public procurement for projects co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds. It is intended to facilitate the implementation of operational programmes and to encourage good practice. It is not legally binding but aims to provide general recommendations and to reflect […]