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The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) publishes a study of International Construction Quality Assurance & Certification Schemes

NSAI assesses best in class certification for Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

International construction quality certification schemes have been reviewed and summarised to assist benchmarking of the current NSAI Agrément process in Ireland. 30 initiatives focused on delivering quality in construction have been sampled internationally across standards, technical approval and certification schemes. The information collected from international construction quality certification schemes has facilitated an assessment of the structure and timelines associated with the current NSAI Agrément process.  

The study has included the alternatives to Irish Agrément, for evidencing “proper materials” for building systems and innovative processes in compliance with Part D of the building regulations. Agrément certification is designed specifically for new building materials, products and processes that do not yet have a long history of use and for which published national standards do not yet exist.


Speaking on the publication, NSAI Head of MMC - Certification, Martin Searson said:

“During 2023, the government published the ‘Housing for All Roadmap for increased adoption of Modern Methods of Construction in public housing delivery’. This roadmap sets out key objectives of the Housing for All initiative including certification of building systems. NSAI continues to develop its certification service and this study demonstrates our commitment to ensuring a best-in-class certification process. NSAI will continue to support manufacturers of building products and systems in navigating the challenges of an ever-changing business environment.”

To view or download the report, please click here.