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Frequently Asked Questions

When is a BER required?

The requirement to provide a BER is being introduced on a phased basis as follows:

  • applications for new dwellings from 1st January 2007
  • new non-domestic buildings from 1st July 2008
  • existing dwellings and existing buildings offered for sale or rental from 1st January 2009

Why do we need a BER?

A Building Energy Rating (BER) is a requirement of the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (2002/91/EC of 16th December 2002), which has now been transposed in Ireland by the European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006).

The Building Owner is required to provide the BER to prospective buyers and tenants. BER will, therefore, make the energy performance characteristics of the building transparent to prospective buyers and tenants. As a result, buyers and tenants will be able, for the first time, to take energy performance into consideration in their decision to purchase or rent a building.

How much does a BER Certificate cost?

The cost of the BER Assessment is dependant on the following elements - no one dwelling is identical to the next.

  • Size
  • Complexity
  • Survey Requirements
  • Availability of Technical Information

There is a maximum fine of up to €5,000 for not having a BER cert when required.

What do you get ?

Along with the BER Cert we will provide you with a detailed report which will outline whether or not the house is complying with the building regulations (in terms of energy efficiency)

How do I improve the energy efficiency of my home?

FER Recommends:

  • Book a building energy rating audit for your home with AES
  • Use "A" rated kitchen appliances
  • Switch from fossil fuels to cleaner renewable energy heating systems
  • Insulate your hot water tank and attic
  • Draught proof your doors and windows
  • Switch off all electrical appliances and computers when not in use
  • When replacing windows, purchase windows with the lowest possible u-value
  • Use low energy lighting throughout your house
  • Install thermostats on all radiators
  • Install a condensing boiler
  • Upgrade the heating system with Time and temperature zone control

Energy Institute

What we do for
Home Owners?

Reduce energy loss and save money. All new homes for which planning permission has been applied for must have BER cert.

What is a BER Rating?

A BER rating indicates the energy rating of a property. The BER is expressed in the form of performance bands, "A" being the most efficient, to "G" being the least energy efficient.

Since the 1st of January 2007, all new homes for which planning permission has been applied for must have a BER.

Additional Information

Noise Monitoring Report Example

Download Domestic BER Grant Guidelines


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