A Margin of Error

Published BREGs Blog, March 2015 How is it that we are blind to the mistakes of the past and why, in recent statements on building certification, is Minister Paudie O’Coffey unconsciously creating the same conditions that were the root cause of what he is trying to fix? ‘Mistakes of the past’ was a phrase that, not surprisingly, got a lot of airtime at the joint National Housing Conference this year: but this maxim is dangerously beguiling; it suggests that the mistakes are in the past. It lets us imagine that we all lost the run of ourselves a bit back then but that now we are clear headed and far sighted, the better for having being involved in such an apparent error. … most importantly,





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