The Institute of Bahamian Architects (IBA) yesterday slammed the Building Control Department (BCD) in response to Public Works Parliamentary Secretary Iram Lewis’ admission to The Tribune that homes built by construction companies had failed to comply with the Bahamas Building Code.
“We have repeatedly suggested and request that government review and upgrade to the 21st century the practices and procedures of the Building Control Department,” the IBA said in a release.
“If The Bahamas is really serious to develop sustainability and technologically it must free Bahamian professional urban designers, planners and architects from our bondage of ‘building control’ to direct, suggest and influence the built environment.
The IBA continued, “To date, the minister of public works has not appointed the Professional Architects Board.”
It added, “The time has long passed for the redundancy of the Building Control Department. The licensing of Bahamian professional architects, engineers and contractors has given qualified citizens the avenue to advance the practices of the construction industry without interference from less qualified, technically derivative and deficient government agencies like BCD.”
The IBA charged that “vast amounts of revenues are lost annually” because of the BCD.
“As a country, we only need and require a planning department. All of the other departments, roles and duties that exist are inherent within the planning department. Departments within a department is an old colonial practice; it is time for independence.”
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