Frequently Asked Questions

Typical damage resulting from pyritic heave can consist of:.

  • Cracking of the concrete floor slab;
  • Lifting / hogging of concrete floor slabs;
  • Differences in levels across floor slabs;
  • Cracking, buckling and/or lifting of elements resting on the concrete floor slabs e.g. floor tiles, partitions, doors, stairs, fixtures;
  • Cracking and /or bulging of internal or external walls;
  • Lateral movement of external walls.
See Information Leaflet for Homeowners for further information.

An Irish Standard IS 398 Part 1: 2013 has been established to assess if damage to a building has been caused by pyritic heave.

The first stage (pre application) is to undertake a ‘Building Condition Assessment’ in accordance with this standard. In order for an application to be progressed under the Pyrite Remediation Scheme, a Damage Condition Rating of 2 must be recorded.

The second stage (post application) - the Assessment, Verification and Recommendation Process is undertaken by the Housing Agency. Confirmation that the damage recorded in the Building Condition Assessment is attributable to pyritic heave will be confirmed at this stage. This may involve inspection of the dwelling and the testing of the hardcore material. This will require the cooperation of the applicant and will involve some degree of disturbance to the householder.

The conditions of eligibility are contained in Section 3 of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme document which can be found in the publications section of this website.

Applications can only be made by the completion of the on-line application form on the PRB’s website www.pyriteboard.ie. A copy of the Building Condition Assessment report (in pdf format) must be attached to the application.

Submission of an application is deemed as acceptance by the applicant of the terms and conditions of the Scheme. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that they have read and fully understand the Scheme requirements contained in the Pyrite Remediation Scheme document which can be found in the publications section of this website.

The person employed by the homeowner to carry out the Building Condition Assessment must be a competent person as per IS 398 Part 1: 2013, e.g. a registered engineer, architect or building surveyor who has sufficient theoretical and practical training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work undertaken.

Please note that Engineers Ireland http://www.engineersireland.ie keep a register of professionals who have undertaken training and are certified competent to carryout Building Condition Assessments.  Other professional bodies e.g. Architects and Surveyors may be consulted with regard to competent persons in their profession.

 

The homeowner is liable for the cost of the Building Condition Assessment.

After the dwelling is included in the Scheme, the Housing Agency will send a Homeowner’s Payment Request Form to the Scheme Participant by email.

Each apartment owner may submit an application accompanied by their own Building Condition Assessment (BCA). Typically, applications are submitted from the owners of all the ground floor apartments.

If a decision is made to include an apartment block in the Scheme, the Housing Agency will liaise with the management company, using the contact details provided in the application form, with regards to inclusion of the common areas.

Normally, the PRB would expect to have an apartment building remediated in a single process.

The Scheme may apply to an area common to any two or more dwellings (referred to as a “common area”) in a building comprising of apartments, duplexes or maisonettes (or any combination of such dwellings).

If a decision is made to include an apartment block in the Scheme, the Housing Agency will liaise with the management company, using the contact details provided in the application form, with regards to inclusion of the common areas.

The PRB will consider the validity of the application under the eligibility criteria. The applicant will be notified of the decision to refer the application to the Housing Agency for the Assessment, Verification and Recommendation Process or of the decision to refuse the application.

Verification that the damage is attributable to pyritic heave will be established by the Housing Agency in the Assessment, Verification and Recommendation Process. 

It is not possible for the PRB to give an indication of how long the validation process may take. Timescales are dependent on a number of variable factors including the volume / geographical spread of applications and the complexities that the review process may present.

Following validation, the application is referred to the Housing Agency and the Assessment, Verification and Recommendation Process is undertaken. Confirmation that the damage recorded  in the Building Condition Assessment is attributable to pyritic heave will be confirmed at this stage. This may involve inspection of the dwelling and the testing of the hardcore material. The Housing Agency will be responsible for the testing of dwellings and the implementation of the remediation process.

If an application does not meet the conditions of eligibility, the PRB will refuse the application and will notify the applicant of the reason(s) for this decision. The applicant may appeal the decision to the Board of the PRB within 28 days.

The Board has prescribed procedures for the hearing and determination of appeals regarding the refusal of an application. These procedures and the prescribed application form can be found in the Application & Appeals section of the website.

If the Assessment, Verification and Recommendation Process establishes that the damage is attributable to pyritic heave, the dwelling is eligible for inclusion in the Scheme. The applicant will be notified accordingly and is referred to as a ‘scheme participant’ thereafter.

Where the Board becomes aware that a builder or developer of a dwelling, has instituted or invoked dispute resolution procedures arising out of or in connection with pyritic heave affecting a dwelling owned by an applicant, the making of a decision in relation to that dwelling may be deferred.

The applicant will be given the opportunity to make a submission.  Such deferrals will also be reviewed periodically and may be appealed to the Appeals Officer within 28 days of the decision to defer.

Dwellings are grouped together for the purpose of a project-based programme of pyrite remediation.

The Housing Agency has established framework panels of Engineers and Works Contractors.

A tender process is undertaken to appoint an Engineer from a framework panel, who will prepare a remedial works plan and specification for the remediation of the dwelling.

A tender process is then undertaken to employ a Works Contractor from a framework panel, who will carry out remediation works in accordance with the agreed contract and specification.

The remediation work will be supervised by an Engineer appointed by the Housing Agency.

It is not possible to give an indication of how long a scheme participant may have to wait for work to commence.

In the administration of the Scheme the PRB will, in determining priorities, have regard to:
  1. the relative severity and impact of damage attributable to pyritic heave in dwellings,
  2. the relative urgency of the need for remediation,
  3. the resources (including financial resources) available or likely to be available to the PRB for the Scheme,
  4. any recommendation from the Housing Agency as to the priority that may be afforded to the remediation of a particular dwelling, and
  5. the readiness of projects to proceed, technical considerations and the availability of alternative accommodation.

Costs associated with the following, will be covered where a dwelling is included in the Scheme:

  • Building Condition Assessment (Max. €500 incl. VAT);
  • Assessment, Verification and Recommendation Report;
  • Removal, storage and return of fixtures, equipment and effects (Max. €2500 incl. VAT);
  • Alternative Accommodation (Max. €3000 incl. VAT)*;
  • Remediation Works;
  • Supervision and Certification.

* Where the scheme participant satisfies the Housing Agency in advance that suitable rental accommodation cannot be obtained for €3,000 or less, the expenses for storage and accommodation may be combined but are subject to an overall limit of €5,500 (including VAT).

This can vary and is only established at contract stage. However, it is estimated that dwelling remediation works would typically take in the order of 12 weeks to complete.

Yes. It is a requirement of the scheme that you must vacate the property during the remediation works. Access to the property during the remediation work is governed by the contractor’s obligations under Health & Safety legislation. The Housing Agency will liaise with you regarding this matter.

Yes.  The Housing Agency will liaise with you regarding scheduling of this matter.

Yes.  The Housing Agency will liaise with you regarding scheduling of this matter.

The payment of costs will normally occur when the remediation works are completed and certified. However, earlier payment of vouched costs, in part or in whole may be approved by the Housing Agency where it is demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the Agency, that payment of these costs on completion of the works would cause financial hardship.

No. The remediation work will be managed by the Housing Agency, who will appoint the Engineer and works contractor to supervise and undertake the work.

The Housing Agency has carried out a public procurement process to establish Framework Agreements for contractors to carry out the remediation works.

Agreements have been signed by the Housing Agency with the successful tenderers and the list has been posted on www.etenders.gov.ie.

To view this list, select “notice search”. Under the filters, select “published awards” and input keyword “pyrite”. Click search – the published tenders are displayed.  Click on “tender name” and select “view notice”.

On completion of the Remedial Works, the Works Contractor and the Engineer sign and issue the Certificate of Remediation to the Scheme Participant. The Certificate of Remediation states that the Remedial Works have been completed in accordance with the requirements of I.S. 398-2:2013: Reactive pyrite in the sub-floor hardcore material – Part 2: Methodology for remediation works.

No. The scheme has been established to assist affected homeowners who have no practicable alternative means of remediation.

The scheme does not provide assistance, to individuals where the property has already been remediated.

Matters relating to Local Property Tax should be directed to Revenue on 1890 200 255 (ROI only)* or + 353 1 7023049 (From outside ROI) or by accessing their website at http://www.revenue.ie

* Please note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 Lo-Call numbers may vary among different service providers. It is recommended that you only ring Lo-Call 1890 numbers using a landline as calls made using mobiles may be expensive.

Advice should be sought from your professional advisors, e.g. solicitor and consultant (Engineer/Surveyor).