Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification?

by Bregs Blog admin team


Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification?

From back in 2012, I have been bothered by statements from the government that ‘there will be no more pyrites’ under the new Building Control ( Amendment) Regulations. I cannot see how I, as an engineer, can possibly know if pyritic material is delivered to the site. The only way to catch pyrite in stone would be to track back every delivery of to the quarry supplier and to test every batch.

We are a long way off from a ‘farm to fork’ DNA tracking like the meat business.  There will never be a label on bulk material and I have no control over the supply chain to the site.

I don’t know how I can certify this but if government are to be believed the buck will stop with me.

Currently I have been asked to get involved with a material alteration to a retail unit, in an area affected by pyrite. Although this building does not appear to have been affected, we cannot be sure and the owner intends to do minor alterations internally in the existing shop and extend a new structure to the rear. Due to the way SI.9 has been worded it will be extremely difficult for me to exclude existing parts of the building from any certificate at the end. My only recourse seems to be to recommend very invasive and costly investigations, or resign from the project. I cannot see my client paying for remedial work that may not be required.

Please note if you need to find out more on pyrite, please click in following link:


Other Posts in this series:

Practical Post 1: BC(A)R SI.9 Extensions & Refurbishments– click link here

Practical Post 2: completion- FAO Vintners & Retailers– click link here

Practical posts 3: Change of Use – FDI and offices – Click link here

Practical post 4: What if the builder goes bust?– Click link here

Practical Post 5: Small retail extension- problem with certifier – Click link here

Practical Post 6: no one wants to do certifier roles! – Click link here

Practical Post 7: Existing Shopping Centres – Click link here

Practical Post 8: Employees won’t certify: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 9: Fees & numbers of inspections?: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 12: “architects only” club?–  Click link here

Practical Post 13: Duties & conflicts- BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical Post 14: Supervision vs Inspection –  Click link here

Practical post 15: Code of conduct issues –  Click link here

Practical Post 17: Off-License fit-out –  Click link here

Practical Post 18- material alterations: Creche  – Click link here

Practical Post 19: Phased completion & BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical post 20: Are builders off the hook with BCAR? – click link here

NOTE: This series of posts is not meant to undermine or be in opposition to any professional advice from registered representative bodies: rather it is to offer additional technical aids to those that find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with SI.9 in it’s current form at present. As with all information posted on the Blog we urge all practitioners to check with their respective professional bodies before assuming any roles or duties under Building Control (Amendment) regulation (SI.9 of 2014). We hope to post a number of these practical posts and list in one area, so home owners, SME’s and professionals can drop in and click on a particular topic to get summary information that may be useful to them while working within these new and difficult regulations.