Local authorities investigating new pyrite reports

by Bregs Blog admin team


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