Defective Block Works Crisis tackled by AOCA

Defective Block Works Scheme

At AOCA, we are delighted to announce that two of our valued team members, Aidan O’Connell and Colin Scott, are on the committee overseeing the implementation of the defective block works scheme. Their participation speaks volumes about their dedication to the highest engineering standards, crucial in managing the defective concrete block crisis in Ireland.


The Defective Block Works Scheme has been put in place to tackle the significant issue of structural damage to properties in Ireland, primarily caused by the use of defective concrete blocks containing pyrite and mica. This problem has had widespread impacts, particularly in certain counties, causing substantial stress and financial hardship for homeowners. The Scheme fully covers the counties of Donegal and Mayo, with certain electoral areas in the counties of Clare, Limerick, and Sligo also being eligible for support. This Scheme aims to provide financial assistance to affected homeowners, covering 100% of eligible remediation costs, which includes the complete removal and replacement of impacted walls in the property.


If you are affected, we strongly advise getting your property professionally assessed by an engineer registered in IS 465. Such an engineer will supervise testing and provide guidance on suitable remedial works. The resulting engineering report is a vital part of the grant application, determining the required level of intervention. At AOCA, we are well-versed in the requirements of the IS 465 standard and are equipped to assist homeowners throughout the testing, remediation, and grant application process. We aim to transform this difficult situation into a positive outcome, helping homeowners ensure their properties are safe and structurally sound.


Our involvement in the committee and our capacity to provide practical, professional support to those affected reflects our unwavering commitment to enhancing the safety and quality of Ireland’s built environment. We are here to offer clear, concise advice and top-notch engineering expertise to homeowners navigating this complex issue.

An Overview of the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme

Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme

The recent amendments to the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme mark a significant development for homeowners grappling with the aftermath of pyrite and mica infestations. This government initiative, now known as the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme, provides crucial financial support to affected homeowners, allowing them to repair or rebuild their homes.

The key aspects of the scheme, as outlined on the government’s official website, cover the majority of repair costs. Homeowners can now avail of 100% funding for replacement or repair of affected homes, up to a maximum of €420,000. This is a substantial increase from the previous limit of 90% funding, offering a lifeline to those burdened with significant repair costs.

Under the scheme, homeowners can apply for grants to cover the cost of carrying out necessary works, including temporary accommodation costs while work is being undertaken. However, it’s important to note that the scheme does not cover the cost of improving the property beyond its original condition.

The Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme is a critical step towards offering substantial relief to homeowners affected by mica and pyrite. At AOCA Engineering Consultants, we believe it’s crucial to be aware of these developments and the support available. We provide certified building condition assessments, a required step in availing of the grant, and are here to guide homeowners through this process.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by defective concrete blocks and require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at AOCA Engineering Consultants. We’re committed to helping homeowners navigate this challenging situation and ensure they take full advantage of the aid available to them.

Mica Crisis Continues

Mica Blockwork

In the wake of the mica crisis in Donegal, AOCA stands ready to assist and provide professional support. Mica remediation is a critical service that we offer to those affected.

The mica issue has been a significant problem for homeowners in Donegal and beyond. With as many as 2,500 homeowners potentially set to take part in what is likened to a class-action type case, the need for expert advice and assistance is more important than ever. AOCA, with our breadth of expertise in civil and structural engineering, offers mica remediation assistance.

Our experienced team is well-versed in dealing with construction material issues, including those caused by mica. The process of mica remediation involves a thorough investigation of the property, determining the extent of the damage, and designing the necessary repairs or replacements.

In Donegal and other affected areas, homeowners are understandably distressed. We at AOCA can provide peace of mind by offering professional, reliable guidance throughout the process. Our team can assist in the preparation of necessary documentation, undertaking of safety assessments, and overseeing of remedial works to ensure they are carried out to the highest standard.

Navigating through this crisis can be a daunting task. However, AOCA’s extensive experience in dealing with structural issues and mica remediation can ensure a smoother, more manageable journey towards a solution.

For those in need of support, please reach out to us at AOCA. We’re here to provide the help that homeowners need in this challenging time, and to ensure that mica remediation is done right, offering stability and safety for the future

Link to original source: The Irish Times