SCSI report into building costs of mica homes published

THE SCSI have published their report on construction costs for the defective concrete block grant scheme. 

The report will be used by the Government to provide costs to homeowners for the mica redress scheme.

The new report was published today, and based on 2022 material and labour rates with pre-2008 building regulations, it has detailed an average rebuild cost of €157 to €165 per square foot for an estate type house and €145 to €167 for one-off houses such as rural houses.


The report is based on eight different house types that are affected by the defective concrete blocks.

The previously announced enhanced redress scheme featured a ‘sliding scale’ with the first 1,000 square feet covered by a rate of €145, the second 1,000 square feet by €110 and €100 thereafter.

However, during today’s meeting on the report, a spokesperson for SCSI said they would not be including a sliding scale in their recommendations.

The costs will be updated annually but the report does not include costs for new foundations, outbuildings such as garages or the contents of homes.

The findings of the report will now be analysised by the Government’s Expert Working Group.

The final details of the Mica redress scheme are expected to be brought before Cabinet later this year.

The SCSI agreed to produce an independent, standalone construction cost report for the demolition and rebuilding of homes affected by defective concrete blocks (option 1), and to propose a cost methodology for the partial remediation (options 2-5).


The report has been drafted by SCSI volunteer members including surveyors practising in the North West region with professional experience of homes impacted by defective concrete blocks.

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