The Pyrite Resolution Board appointed by the Minster for the Environment, Community and Local Government have launched their new website www.pyriteboard.ie. The new website has been set up to deal with the pyrite affected homes in Fingal, Dublin City, Meath, Kildare and Offaly only. The website details how the process will work, which we have summarised into the key points below. Continue reading
Having Co-written the first Pyrite Testing and Remediation Protocols in Ireland, Aidan O’Connell & Associates was requested by Engineers Ireland to represent them on both Sub-committees working on the writing of the new IS398 Standard on Pyrite.
This video explains the second part of IS-398 and deals specifically with how pyrite heave is resolved and the process to rectificing the problem.
In accordance with I.S 398 part 1, the engagement of a Chartered Engineer is recommended, to undertake a Building Condition Assessment to determine the presence or absence of damage consistent with pyritic heave, and also to quantify the extent of this damage.
In recent years Aidan O’Connell & Associates Ltd has become the leading expert on pyrite in Ireland. We pride ourselves on providing each of our clients with a service specifically tailored to their individual needs and requirements.
Aidan O’Connell, Managing Director details what the company covers and how it can help with identifing and resolving Pyrite damage.
At a public meeting held by residents in our estate, in 2011 regarding the presence and indications of pyrite damage. A presentation and question and answer session conducted by Aidan O’Connell was most enlightening.
We later engaged Aidan O’Connell & Assoc. to examine our home. Following a comprehensive examination an indication of the presence of pyrite and other issues with regard to health & safety were revealed and a recommendation that a test bore should be made to confirm a presence of pyrite.
A detailed report (which included photographs) of the exam was later issued to us. On our request a firm of geological surveyors was recommended who completed the test most satisfactorily, sent samples to the UK for analysis and issued a full report of the results which indicated the presence of pyrite in the sample.
In the meantime we have maintained contact with A. O’C & Assoc who have been most helpful in keeping us up to date with developments.
Aidan O’Connell & Associates provided a professional service that put our minds at ease. Everything was well explained and there was no pressure on us, it was good to have this as the process can be very stressful. I would have no hesitation in recommending AOC to anyone, all the documentation we received was of a high quality and AOC staff were polite and helpful at all times.
We were very upset to discover our home had pyrite damage. We were covered by Premier Guarantee, but we did not know where to start.
Aidan O’Connell and Associates Engineers sent us the forms that had to be completed and a very understandable explanation regarding the tests we had to carry out to prove to our insurer that the level of pyrite in our home was sufficient to require Structural Remediation.
When work commenced by the builder assigned to us, Colin Scott Engineer from Aidan O’Connell oversaw each stage of the remediation works carried out on our home.
Aidan O’Connell’s were always available to us.
The documentation both before and after the works were very easy to understand.
We are now back in our lovely SAFE home and would recommend Aidan O’Connell to anyone experiencing pyrite problems.