What is the Pyrite Remediation Scheme?

 

The aim of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme (the Scheme) is to procure the remediation of certain dwellings with damage caused by pyritic heave of hardcore under floor slabs. The Housing Agency will be responsible for the testing of dwellings and the implementation of the remediation process. They will also be the contracting authority for the Scheme and will engage all necessary construction professionals, advisors and contractors to carry out the remediation of dwellings which are included in the Scheme.

The following is a synopsis of the conditions that must be satisfied for a dwelling to be deemed eligible for remediation under the Scheme.  The full conditions of eligibility can be found in Section 3 of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme document which can be found in the publications section of this website.

  • Dwellings must be located within the administrative areas of DĂșn Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Meath, Offaly or South Dublin County Councils; or Dublin City Council.
  • Dwellings must have been constructed and completed between 1st January 1997 and 12th December 2013;
  • Dwellings must have been assessed, tested and certified as having a damage condition rating of 2 and it must be verified that damage is attributable to pyrite heave;
  • The applicant must be the owner or joint owner of a dwelling. An application can only be made in respect of one dwelling and the dwelling must have been purchased before 12th December 2013;
  • The applicant must be able to show, to the satisfaction of the PRB, that he/she does not have available to him or her any practicable option, other than under the Scheme or the use of his or her own resources, to remediate or secure the remediation of the dwelling.
  • There may be rare exceptional circumstances concerning damage to or from an adjoining dwelling that can be considered by the Board.
  • An extension, used for habitable purposes, is considered to be a dwelling for the purposes of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013.


Once a dwelling is deemed eligible for remediation under the Pyrite Remediation Scheme, the following costs will be borne by the Scheme:

  • The sampling, testing and damage verification;
  • The preparation of the specification of remediation works in accordance with I.S. 398-2: 2013;
  • The management of the tender process and implementation of the remediation works;
  • The remediation of the dwelling as per specification and schedule to the required standard;
  • The monitoring and inspection of works, snagging and final certification.

In addition, the following costs incurred by the applicant may be recovered under the Scheme:

  • The vouched cost (including VAT) of procuring the initial Building Condition Assessment from a competent person, subject to an overall maximum limit of €500, provided the dwelling is approved for inclusion in the Scheme following the Verification Process;
  • The vouched costs for the temporary removal, storage and return of furniture, household appliances and effects in order to facilitate the remediation, subject to an upper limit of €2,500 (including VAT);
  • The vouched costs for alternative accommodation of the household in order to facilitate the remediation, subject to an upper limit of €3,000 (including VAT);
  • Where a scheme participant satisfies the Housing Agency in advance that suitable rental accommodation cannot be obtained for €3,000 or less, the storage and accommodation expenses may be combined, but is subject to an overall limit of €5,500 (including VAT).

N.B. No other costs, including those that may have been incurred by the applicant prior to the application, will be covered by the Scheme.