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Building Energy Rating (BER)

What Is A Building Energy Rating (BER)?

The standardised way of rating the energy efficiency of properties in Ireland is with a Building Energy Rating (BER). A qualified BER assessor carries out a survey on the property and then issues a BER Certificate with the rating from the energy efficiency scale ranging from A to G with A1 being the most energy efficient rating and G being the least energy efficient rating. If you are selling or letting a property in Ireland, a BER is mandatory.

With a BER certificate you can judge the potential costs of running a property, making comparison with other properties easy. However, even if you are not selling or letting, a BER energy audit can still prove beneficial as every BER certificate is accompanied by an Advisory Report which details the ways in which you can improve the energy efficiency of your property, ultimately saving you money.

BER Surveys

Leinster Property Assessors provides a professional high quality Building Energy Rating service. These BER surveys are carried out as quickly as possible, minimising the disruption to you in your home and are undertaken at a time convenient to you.

The certificate is valid for 10 years. If you are unsure of your property's details please contact us and we will provide you with a prompt quote. We provide discounts for multiple units, bundle deals and larger undertakings. There is a maximum fine of up to €5,000 for not having a BER cert when required.

Advisory Report

Once the BER survey has been carried out, the findings will be entered into BER Assessment Software. Once this is complete, the report will be uploaded into the SEAI National Administration System. This will then generate your BER Certificate and Advisory Report.

You will receive a copy of both and we can then run through any queries you may have. The SEAI maintain the register of BER certificates. If you would like to see your BER on the national register you can view it here: https://ndber.seai.ie/pass/ber/search.aspx

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a BER Assessment consist of?

There are 3 stages to a BER Assessment:

  • An on-site survey of the property which takes between 1 to 2 hours depending on its size, its layout and the complexity of its structure (exxtensions, attic conversions etc.), its space heating and its water heating systems
  • Calculations, additional research and input into the DEAP (Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure) database
  • Issue of the BER Certificate and an advisory report
  • When is a BER assessment required?

    A valid BER Cert is compulsory for all homes being offered for sale or rent and must be included in any associated advertising. A BER assessment is also required before a new home is occupied for the first time.

    BER certification is also required when applying for a Better Energy Homes - Home Owner Grant from the SEAI. These grants are available for homeowners wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Please see the SEAI's website for details.

    BER Certs are valid for 10 years provided that no changes that could affect the building's energy rating are made - i.e. no changes to the external fabric or space/water heating systems. For example if a property has been extended a BER Cert for an assessment carried out before the extension is invalid.

    How much does a BER cost?

    Please contact us for a free quotation.

    How can a Homeowner prepare for the BER assessment?

    There are a number of items that would be helpful to the Assessor if the homeowner were able to provide the following:

  • A recent electricity bill so that the Assessor can note the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN)
  • A recent electricity bill so that the Assessor can note the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN)
  • Date of construction of the dwelling
  • Details of any previously published BER for the dwelling on the national register
  • Any plans or specifications of the dwelling if they are available
  • Details of any upgrades that have been made to the dwelling e.g. insulation
  • The boiler model number or any documentation for the boiler
  • Making sure the Assessor has safe and unobstructed access to all areas of the dwelling
  • What Can Be Done to Improve a BER?

  • Energy efficient light bulbs can reduce the consumption of electricity by up to 80%, helping to improve your BER. So replace all incandescent and halogen light bulbs with CFL and LED low energy bulbs.
  • Use draught excluder tape to seal all windows, doors and letterboxes.
  • Install a lagging jacket to your copper hot water cylinder.
  • When not in use, block up chimneys with chimney balloons.
  • We all love an open fire, however, open fires operate at an efficiency of 30%. If you have an open fire with a back boiler you can install a stove door to turn the existing fireplace into a stove with a back boiler which will increase its efficiency up to 65%. Likewise, a wood burning stove achieves efficiencies of up to 65%.
  • If possible, single glazing or old air filled double glazing should be replaced with new energy efficient argon filled double glazed units. Costs of upgrading your windows in this manner can be reduced by up to 50% by keeping your existing frames. This will improve heat retention by up to 400%.
  • Old wall vents should be replaced with new disc vents that create an airtight seal when not in use.
  • Install thermostatic radiator values so that radiator temperature can be regulated on a room to room basis.
  • Solar Panels can reduce water related heating costs by up to 70% annually. Upgrade your wall insulation.
  • Upgrade your central heating controls. By installing a digital 7 day 3 zone time and temperature control system to your existing boiler you can save up to €500 a year on fuel bills.
  • An oil or gas boiler that is more than 10 years old is most likely operating at 79% of its maximum efficiency. Up to 97% efficiencies can be achieved by replacing your old boiler with a condensing oil boiler.
  • Top up the level of insulation in your attic to at least 300mm. It is also important to lag your cold water storage tank and pipes to prevent frost damage.