Rules on rebar delayed, and builders unhappy

The construction industry is asking the government to enact technical regulations relating to rebar.

Rebar are the long pieces of metal that add strength to concrete construction. The Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica said the government has postponed for a month issuing the regulations and that the consumer deserves to know that the material in use is high quality.

The rebar also affords protection against earthquakes.

The regulations are under the auspices of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio. The regulations were worked out since 2011 and comply with international standards, said the chamber. They were supposed to go into effect Thursday, but the ministry issued a delay.

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