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Local authorities investigating new pyrite reports

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Local authorities investigating new pyrite reports

Link to RTÉ News, Sunday, 8th Jun 2014- click link here

Extract to follow:


Local authorities in the Leinster region are investigating reports that potentially defective building blocks allegedly containing pyrite have been supplied to a number of building sites.

In a statement in response to queries from RTÉ’s This Week, the Department of the Environment said a potential problem was signalled to it in April.

It said the relevant local authority, which it did not name, “took immediate and appropriate action” to identify “if there was a problem and thereafter to determine the nature and extent of that problem”.

The statement said the supplier of the allegedly defective blocks had been co-operating with the investigation, which is ongoing.

Pyrite expands on contact with water or where there is moisture in the air.

The Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland (RIAI) and the Association of Consulting Engineers both notified their members in May of instances of apparent pyrite content in concrete blocks provided by unnamed manufacturers.

The RIAI’s warning to its members states: “The problem, as identified, where concrete blocks containing pyrite are used structurally, is likely that the structural integrity of the block-work will need to be investigated, in particular where it is in contact with moisture/water.”

Separately the Department of Education has issued a statement to RTÉ News regarding a query related to a school that is under construction in north Dublin.(emphasis by blog)

The department said: “The contractor has forwarded materials for testing to an independent laboratory.

“The Department is awaiting a detailed report from the contractor on the matter.

“On receipt of the contractor’s report the Department and its Design Team will then determine what next steps are required,” it said.

Other posts of interest:

Radio: PYRITE- Pass the Parcel – click link here

BC(A)R SI.9 + Construction Product Regulations 2013- click link here

RTè News : PYRITE- new homes to be demolished- click link here

RIAI PRACTICE ALERT: Pyrite in blocks – click link here

Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification? – click link here

The regulations ignore key recommendations of the Pyrite Panel – click linkhere

Radio Clip- O’Cofaigh: self building, self-regulation & the consumer – click link here

Assigned Certifiers facing jail? BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Clear and auditable trail: consumer protection? BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Legal perspective: consumer benefit? BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Pyrite: Will anything change under the new regulations? – click link here



Radio: PYRITE- Pass the Parcel

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Listen back to LMFM radio discussion on who will be liable for the costs of the demolition and rebuilding of 6 (or possibly up to 25 new homes) in Moneymore Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth. So who will pay?

John Graby, Director of the representative body for architects (RIAI), suggests that a defects insurance needs to be in place along with independent inspections by Building Control Authorities.

Listen to LMFM Michael Reade Show, 9th June- click here (general link you will need to find show)

  • RIAI Director John Graby @ 2:00 mins
  • Councillor Imelda Munster @ 7:30 mins

Louth County Council Councillor Imelda Munster (SF) says that the contractor or their insurers will be liable.  Tom Parlon, CIF (link here) say it’s the supplier. The last time that there was a problem in Co. Louth it was Homebond who picked up the tab…until they withdrew cover. At the end of the day, systems failure always seems to cost the taxpayer.

To date €20 million of state funding has been promised for pyrite problems before 2007. (Click link here)

In the words of Councillor Imelda Munster: “Will it be another 12 months or more delay  of insurance companies and wrangling before this is sorted out?”

Other posts of interest:

RTÉ Radio: Pyrite Alert – click link here

7 posts all architects (surveyors + engineers) should read – click link here

RIAI PRACTICE ALERT: Pyrite in blocks – click link here

Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification? – click link here

The regulations ignore key recommendations of the Pyrite Panel – click linkhere

Assigned Certifiers facing jail? BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Clear and auditable trail: consumer protection? BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Legal perspective: consumer benefit? BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here



BC(A)R SI.9 + Construction Product Regulations 2013

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BC(A)R SI.9 + Construction Product Regulations 2013 

Following the latest concerns about pyrites architect Orla Hegarty has shared this information paper on 10th June 2014. The paper concentrates on the Construction Products Regulations 2013 and the implications for the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 – an area where much debate and discussion has occurred by professionals. There are implications for all architects, architectural technologists, certifiers and specifiers. As this regulation has been rolled into Part D of the building regulations compliance for all materials used on site would appear to rest with the Design and Assigned Certifiers rather than the main contractor. All specifiers and certifiers should make themselves familiar with CPR 2013 and revised part D of the building regulations (links to follow).

Demonstration of compliance with Part D of the regulations may require a record CE marks and declaration of performance for each and every material/ product used on a construction project. As we can see from recent pyrite issues a materials record should be maintained, even if not initially required as part of completion stage documentation by a Local Authority.

Orla Hegarty is Course Director for the Professional Practice programmes in UCD School of Architecture . She is a new member of the 2014 RIAI Council and also a Director of ARAE (Architects Register Admission Examination). The views expressed are her personal opinion and do not purport to speak for University College Dublin, the RIAI Council or the other Directors of ARAE. Orla does not claim to be an expert on these regulations (see the disclaimer) and has tried to concentrate on practical advice for architects, technologists and certifiers.

Comments and corrections welcome to

If you have any comments or concerns regarding information concerned, please either contact the author or your respective representative body for further advice.

Paper to follow: Information Paper- Construction Product Regulations 2013 & Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014

PDF of Paper: BC(A)R- Construction Products Regulations June2014

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Posts of interest:

Certifiers to keep records of all materials used on sites under BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Law Society : Certifier is single point of responsibility – click link here

Assigned Certifiers facing jail? BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

7 posts all architects (surveyors + engineers) should read – click link here

RTÉ Radio 1 Clip: RIAI confirms call for deferral of BC(A)R SI.9 –  click link here

The compelling case for Deferral of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) – click link here

Revised Part D here: part d building regulations

Department of the Environment Link:
BuildingStandards Construction Products Regulation