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ACEI – Interim Advice Note RE: Masonry Blocks and Apparent Pyrite Content



Attention all members!

The Association of Consulting Engineers Ireland have published an Interim Advice Note RE: Masonry Blocks and Apparent Pyrite Content.

It has come to the attention of the Association of Consulting Engineers that there have been recent instances of apparent pyrite content in concrete blocks provided by block manufacturers.

In cases reported the affected blocks were noted to have a brown discoloration. The physical strength characteristics diminished over short period of time, particularly when exposed to moisture.

The ACEI are concerned about these occurrences and recommend all member firms request assurance from suppliers that materials are free of deleterious materials and that a representative sample of blocks be tested for pyrite content by chemical analysis.

We will endeavour to keep members informed and would appreciate any feedback on members experience in relation to this matter.”

The Interim Advice Note, as published by the ACEI is available here: ACEI – Pyrite in Concrete Blocks Advice Note 2014-05-13

Mr John Chistopher Lee RIP

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mr John Christopher Lee, who had been a member of this Institution since 1990.

The Republic of Ireland Regional Group would like to take this opportunity to extend our sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.

May he rest in peace.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

John Christopher Lee RIP