Building Energy Rating BER Certificates

Posted on: 02/02/2015 in 'Property News'
Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificates

What are BER Certificates?
A Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate gives a rating on how energy efficient a property is; it is similar to the ratings electrical equipment receive. The Certificate covers energy use for space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting, calculated on the basis of standard occupancy; it is then expressed as primary energy use per unit floor area per year. Certificates are issued using a scale rated from A to G, with A being the highest and G being the lowest; A rated properties will tend to have the lowest energy bills.

From the 9th of January 2013 it is now law to show the BER rating on advertisements for properties being sold or let. Should you fail to obtain a certificate where necessary, upon conviction in a District Court there is a maximum fine of €5,000.00.There are exemptions for certain categories of homes, for example protected structures and certain temporary homes.

A BER assessment must be carried out by a registered assessor who has been trained under the National Framework of Qualifications and have registered with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. A BER Cert once issued will be valid for 10 years.

What does a BER Certificate mean to me?

When an interested party is looking at your home or business this certificate gives an indication of how efficient the property will be with regards to heating and given the ever increasing costs of fossil fuels the BER Cert is certain to become more relevant for potential buyers and tenants.

At Peter Mills Property we will be happy to guide you through the process of obtaining a BER certificate.
Please call our office for further information 0402-32911.
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