How the Scheme Works

The remediation process is highly intrusive. Click the following link to view photos that illustrate the typical works involved.

The Pyrite Remediation Scheme will operate as follows:

 
  • A person who is the owner or joint owner of a dwelling that complies with the eligibility criteria may apply to the PRB to have the dwelling included in the Pyrite Remediation Scheme using the online application form.  The PRB has prepared a guide to help homeowners to form a reliable opinion as to whether their dwelling has the relevant damage in accordance with the Irish Standard (see the Information Leaflet for Home Owners in the publications section of this website). The application must be accompanied by an initial Building Condition Assessment carried out by a competent person, such as 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.
  • At Stage 1: Application & Validation, the PRB considers the validity of the application from the home owner.  The validation process essentially has two elements to it:
    1. Assessment of applications for compliance with the eligibility criteria (including assessment of ‘practicable alternative options’).
    2. An audit of the Building Condition Assessment (BCA) to ensure that the dwellings have the requisite level of damage.

At the end of this stage the applicant is notified of the decision to refer the application to the Housing Agency for the Assessment, Verification Recommendation Process or of the decision refuse the application.  A refusal may be appealed.

  • Stage 2: Assessment, Verification and Recommendation Process which is undertaken by the Housing Agency, establishes that the damage recorded in the Building Condition Assessment is attributable to pyritic heave.  Damage Verification, i.e. confirmation of damage attributable to pyritic heave, may be based on an individual dwelling or associated dwellings.  Associated dwellings may thus be verified on the basis of comparable damage and / or earlier tests with similar results.
  • The Housing Agency have established a methodology in relation to a testing programme for cases where earlier test results are not available.  HomeBond are organising testing on behalf of the Housing Agency as required.  The testing of the hardcore material is in accordance with I.S. 398-1:2013 Reactive pyrite in sub-floor hardcore material Part 1: Testing and categorisation protocol.
  • The Housing Agency furnishes the PRB with a recommendation and the reasons for the inclusion of a dwelling into the Scheme, or its exclusion from the Scheme, and the applicant is notified of the PRB’s decision.  A decision to exclude a dwelling from the Scheme may be appealed.
  • If the dwelling is included in the Scheme, the applicant is referred to as a ‘scheme participant’ thereafter.  A Scheme Participant may then recoup the vouched cost of the Building Condition Assessment Report, subject to a maximum limit of €500 (including VAT).  The Scheme Participant is contacted regarding the arrangements for the recoupment at this stage.
  • The application then moves into Stage 3: Remedial Works Plan.  After seeking tenders, the Housing Agency appoints an engineer from the Framework Agreement for Construction Design Professional Services (Chartered Engineer, Architect, Building Surveyor) for Pyrite Remediation Scheme (a panel of Design Professionals already qualified to carry out this type of work), to prepare a remedial works plan and specification for the remediation of the dwelling.  The Scheme Participant is consulted in relation to the remedial works plan.
  • Once the documentation prepared by the engineer in Stage 3 is complete, the application moves to Stage 4: Tendering and Tender Analysis.  The tender for the Remedial Works Contract is issued to the Framework Agreement for Works Contractor for Remediation of Dwellings affected by Pyrite Damage under the Pyrite Remediation Scheme (a panel of Contractors already qualified to carry out this type of work) for return in 4-5 weeks.  The Scheme Participants are sent the Homeowner’s Agreement at this stage.
  • Stage 5: Decision to Contract follows.  The Housing Agency reports to the PRB on the tenders received for the Remedial Works Contract and recommends a Works Contractor for the award of the contract.  The PRB issues approval to proceed with awarding the Contract, or otherwise, following consideration of the overall budget and programme.
  • The contractor remediates the dwelling (Stage 6: Dwelling Remediation) in accordance with the remediation contract and I.S. 398-2: 2013: Reactive pyrite in the sub-floor hardcore material – Part 2: Methodology for remediation works, for the dwelling under the supervision of the engineer appointed by the Housing Agency.
  • On completion, the works are certified in accordance with I.S. 398-2: 2013: Reactive pyrite in the sub-floor hardcore material – Part 2: Methodology for remediation works, for the dwelling and claims for the payment of vouched costs (storage/accommodation) incurred by the Scheme Participant, which satisfy the conditions of the scheme, will be approved for payment when the works are completed and certified.
  • Stage 7: Retention Period -The engineer will assess defects associated with the Remedial Works which are notified to the Housing Agency in writing by the Scheme Participant within a period of 11 months from the date of the Certificate of Remediation.  The Housing Agency agrees to repair any defects which arise, within this period, as a result of the Remedial Works only.
  • The application is considered closed (Stage 8: Application Closure) after the period of 11 months or once the particular defects, if any, are repaired.
  • A Project Manager liaises between a Scheme Participant and the Housing Agency, the engineer and the contractor to enable the remediation works to be planned and carried out as economically and efficiently as possible.
The foregoing is an overview of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme prepared to assist prospective applicants and does not purport to be a legal interpretation of the statutory Scheme or of the provisions of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013.


Ordering of Pyrite Remediation

In the administration of the Scheme the PRB will, in determining the priorities, have regard to:

  1. The relative severity and impact of damage attributable to pyritic heave in the 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;

  5. The readiness of projects to proceed, technical considerations and the availability of alternative accommodation.