BER certs are similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance like your fridge. The BER Scheme was established under the European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006. A BER (Building Energy Rating) is an objective scale of comparison for the energy performance of a building ranging from A1 to G. “A” rated homes are the most energy efficient and “G” the least efficient. BERs will be carried out by specially trained BER assessors registered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI).
At Lowe & Associates, we are registered BER assessors in Ireland. From the 1st of January 2009 a BER certificate will be compulsory for all homes being sold or rented. It is an offence for persons not registered with SEI as BER assessors Ireland to purport to carry out a BER assessment service for the purposes of the Regulations. There is a maximum fine of up to €5,000.00 for not having a BER cert when required. If you are buying or renting a new house or apartment now, you may already be entitled to a BER – so do ask the seller/landlord or their agent for it.
The requirement to provide a BER is being introduced on a phased basis as follows:
The regulations apply to new dwellings for which planning permission was applied for on or after 1st January 2007. Transitional BER exemptions will apply to new dwellings for which planning permission is applied on or before 31st December 2006, where the new dwellings involved are substantially completed on or before 30th June 2008.
New Non-domestic Buildings
The regulations apply to new nondomestic buildings for which planning permission was applied for on or after 1st July 2008. Transitional BER exemptions will apply to new nondomestic buildings for which planning permission is applied for on or before 30th June 2008 provided the new non-domestic buildings involved are substantially completed by 30th June 2010.
Existing Buildings (dwellings and other buildings) when offered for sale / lease on or after 1st January 2009. A BER is valid up to 10 years provided that there is no material change to the dwelling that could effect performance. The maximum term of validity of a provisional BER is 2 years. A BER 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.
We would be happy to arrange for one of our trained BER Assessors to carry out the necessary assessment for your property. Contact our office to arrange an appointment.
[link to BER regulations]