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About BER

What is a Building Energy Rating (BER)

A Building Energy Rating (BER) is an objective scale of comparison and calculation of a buildings energy performance, i.e. measure how much energy and carbon dioxide your house will use or produce in a year. The BER is expressed in the form of performance bands, 'A1' being the most efficient and a 'G' being the least efficient.

The rating will enable prospective buyers and renters to calculate how efficient the property will be to heat.

Who is entitled to a BER

Prospective buyers or tenants.

What are the benefits of BER

A BER certificate makes the energy performance of a home visible to prospective buyers and tenants and enables them to take energy performance into consideration in their next house purchase or rental decision.

Who carries out a BER assessment

BER assessments are carried out by specially trained BER assessors who have been trained under the National Framework of Qualifications and have registered with Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI).

How long is a BER valid for

A BER for a building will be valid for 10 years from the date of issue, unless there is a material change in the building in the meantime which could affect its energy performance.

Who is responsible for the scheme

The BER Scheme was established under the European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006). Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has been designated as the Issuing Authority with responsibility for the registration of BER assessors.

Will I be penalised for a bad rating?

Not directly. However a BER cert will help home buyers choose between competing properties. A property with a good energy rating should sell for more than one with a bad energy rating.

How much does a BER cost for a new dwelling?

For a Full BER certificate the cost is approximately 300 euro inclusive of VAT.

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