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.
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.
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
There are 3 stages to a BER Assessment:
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.
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There are a number of items that would be helpful to the Assessor if the homeowner were able to provide the following:
A site suitability assessment is used to determine if a septic tank or wastewater treatment system is suitable for the proposed development. If the site is suitable the assessment is use to design the type and size of percolation area / polishing filter. Currently Local Authorities planning conditions required that the site suitability assessment be carried out in accordance with the EPA 2009 Code of Practice guidelines.
Leinster Property Assessors offer Site Suitability Assessments (Percolation Tests) to EPA code of practice 2009 standard for planning applications and upgrades of existing wastewater treatment systems.
We also offer system inspections to people concerned about the new EPA Wastewater Treatment registration and standards required of your system.
Our Engineers are all covered by Full Professional Indemnity Insurance and have completed the EPA/FAS "Site Suitability On-Site Wastewater" course.
A BRE Digest 365 test is carried out to determine the volume required for a rainwater or stormwater soakaway. In Ireland now, a lot of the County Councils require a BRE Digest 365 test to be carried and submitted with your planning application.
In recent years, soakaways have been used within urban, fully-sewered areas to limit the impact on discharge of new upstream building works and to avoid costs of sewer upgrading outside a development. Soakaways are seen increasingly as a more widely applicable option alongside other means of stormwater control and disposal. Soakaways must store the immediate stormwater run-off and allow for its efficient infiltration into the adjacent soil. They must discharge their stored water sufficiently quickly to provide the necessary capacity to receive run-off from a subsequent storm.
The time taken for discharge depends upon the soakaway shape and size, and the surrounding soil’s infiltration characteristics. They can be constructed in many different forms and from a range of materials.
A Percolation Test or a Site Suitability Assessment is a method of measuring how well your site can drain water away through the subsoil. It is usually required to give an indication to the Planning Department of your Local Council of how suitable the site in question will be to discharge the effluents from a dwelling to the soils. This is the first step you need to take in order to determine if the site is suitable for any type of discharge to ground soils and what type of systems are available to choose from.
Percolation Tests fundamentally involve various small excavations made at different points around the site. These small holes are then filled with water and left overnight. The next day the hole will be refilled and the rate of fall is timed in seconds. This is done several times and an average is taken. A report is then prepared by our engineers which can be used, for example, to show the suitability of a private septic tank and percolation area on a site.
The infiltration rate or percolation rate is then put together in a report format with a number of other maps of the area and drawings of the proposed system. The whole process normally takes 5-7 working days. This report is then lodged with a planning application normally for a dwelling or extension for approval to the County Council.
The Better Energy Home scheme provides grants to homeowners to upgrade their homes with energy efficiency measures, thus reducing energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Grants are provided for the following upgrade works done to any home built before 2006:
This government scheme gives fixed cash grants and is available to all owners of homes built before 2006. The grants enable homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their home through insulation and heating system upgrades. For more information on grants you can find this on the links below: http://www.seai.ie/Grants/Warmer_Homes_Scheme/
The aim of this scheme is to fund energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable which in turn makes living conditions more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. These improvements are undertaken at no cost to the homeowner.
The upgrades available are:
This scheme is available to homes that are owner occupied non local authority homes that were built before 2006.
The owner must also be in receipt of one of the following: