Compulsory insurance for design organizations is planned to regularize in the Building Code

Compulsory insurance for project and contracting organizations is planned to be fixed in the Code of Architectural, Urban Planning and Construction Activities, Deputy Minister of Architecture and Construction of Belarus Dmitry Semenkevich told in an interview with the Respublika newspaper, BelTA informs. “In the new building code, which will be submitted to Parliament in 2020, we plan to introduce a system of compulsory insurance for design and contracting organizations. We have a lot of problems due to design errors. In addition, they cannot cover the costs for eliminating deficiencies at the construction site with their own funds, as there are not enough assets. Therefore, insurance money and a rating system should appear in the construction complex. If you work with errors, the insurance companies, taking into account these risks, will set a high percentage and thus reduce competitiveness of design organizations. Now we have insurance, but it is voluntary and, unfortunately, does not work”, Dmitry Semenkevich said. In the near future a resolution should be adopted that will consolidate the package principle of issuing building permits. “The customer, the investor shall appeal to the executive committee, declare their intentions: I want to build a multifunctional complex of a certain capacity with such-and-such resource requirements, confirmed by pre-project documentation. And, within a month they receive the entire package of necessary documents. The site must be ready and supplied with all life support systems”, the Deputy Minister explained. He also drew attention to the need to enhance the role of the architect-manager. “The committees and departments of architecture and construction should be headed by architects, and now this is not always the case. Together with other departments, they should be engaged in the development of communities,” Dmitry Semenkevich said. Due to the money from the sale of plots and returnable funds for connecting to the infrastructure, targeted budget funds for the development of territories will be formed. “This should be fixed by regulation at the beginning of 2019. And the demolition of the old buildings should also not be done by the investor. “Minsk-Mir” is an excellent example in this sense. Minsk itself creates urban highways, infrastructure, demolishes garages and private houses. The investor was not engaged in property issues. We plan to introduce this everywhere”, the Deputy Minister said.

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