Building Energy Rating (BER) – What you need to know for your house or property

Building Energy Rating (BER) – What you need to know for your house or property

January 2009 saw the introduction of BER Certificates for all houses being offered for sale or rent. The legal responsibility rests with the seller/landlord to provide a BER Certificate for their property to prospective buyers or tenants.

What is a BER Certificate?

A Building Energy Rating (BER) is an energy label for a building and it measures how much energy your house uses and how much carbon it produces over a year. The more efficient your house is the higher the rating. Houses with an “A” rating are the most energy efficient, whilst houses with a “G” rating are the least efficient.

What properties require a BER Certificate?

  • All new homes
  • All new commercial buildings
  • All residential properties offered for sale or rent

What properties are exempt from requiring a BER Certificate?

  • Protected structures
  • Buildings used as places of worship
  • Temporary buildings
  • Industrial/agricultural buildings
  • Small standalone buildings not exceeding 50 sq.m.
  • National monuments

Legal requirements for a BER Certificate

  •  A BER Certificate is a legal requirement and must be attached to the title deeds of the property
  • A transaction to purchase or rent a house cannot be completed without a BER Certificate
  • Penalties for non-compliance with legal requirements include fines of up to €5,000, imprisonment for up to 3 months or both

How long will a BER Certificate last for?

A BER Certificate remains valid for 10 years from the date of issue, provided there is no material change to the building that might affect its energy performance such as, an extension to the building, or a change to the heating system used or the type of fuel used.

How is a BER conducted?

A BER is based on the major components of a property such as the walls, roof and floor dimensions, windows and door sizes and the orientation of the property. The construction type, levels of insulation, ventilation, air tightness, the systems for heat supply, control and distribution, and the type of lighting all impact on the rating achieved. It should be noted, that a BER is only an indication of the energy performance of the house. The actual energy usage will depend on how the occupants live in the house.

About Durkin DeVere

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From our central location, we provide a range of property services in all areas of Dublin South City, Dublin North City, North Dublin and North County Dublin to include:

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