What they do and their qualifications
Before starting a building project, you’ll most likely begin by searching for a builder. A builder has broad knowledge across a range of construction disciplines and will often lead your project, recruiting and coordinating trades as and when required.
A skilled and qualified builder can:
- Understand the technical aspects of construction. They will assess your project and explain what is involved and identify potential problems and recommend solutions
- Assist with design and recommend a design professional if needed. Some builders offer design services, but most will require a set of drawings and plans either created by an architect or a design specialist
- Offer a written contract which outlines the work, materials, timelines and cost estimates
- Understand and comply with the latest building regulations and permissions as well as ensure that the construction site complies with safety standards
- Communicate issues and problems in a timely and efficient manner and work to find a solution with minimum fuss
- Coordinate workers including scheduling different trades like plumbers, electricians and bricklayers as well as order materials and supply tools
- Where possible aim to minimise any inconvenience to the homeowner and neighbours, during the building process
A builder’s qualification may have originated from one of the Level 6 Advanced Craft Certificates such as bricklaying, carpentry or plastering trades with experience attained from learning a wide range of practical skills. Another avenue to qualification is to complete a Level 8 Honours Degree in Construction Management or similar, combined with relevant experience.
Along with a good knowledge of specialist trades as well as site management and supervisory skills, a builder will have Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training, demonstrating knowledge and compliance with the latest regulations and best practices.
When a builder registers a company offering building or construction services in Ireland, they will most likely be registered with Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI), renewable every 12 months. The database is a current listing of registered builders and sub-contractors, offering the assurance of competency as well as the knowledge that the builder will sign a Certification of Compliance upon project completion.
A builder can also be known as a construction engineer, building and planning manager, construction manager or building contractor