Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate in Ireland

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What is a Building Energy Rating?

The Building Energy Rating Certificate (BER) is part on the Energy Performance of Buildings EU Directive. The aim of the Directive is to make the energy performance of a building transparent and available to potential purchasers or tenants.

The BER is simply a check to see how good your house is at using energy and will measure how much energy and carbon your house will use or produce over a given year.

The certificate will most likely be similar to the energy label for domestic electrical appliances, which rates the energy performance of the appliance from A to G.

The BER will cover energy use for space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting, calculated on the basis of standard occupancy and will be valid for 10 years from the date of its being issued.

The certificate will be required at the point of sale or rental of a building, or on completion of a new building. At this time the BER is only a rating of a home's energy efficiency. The homeowner looking to sell or rent is under no obligation to make any recommended improvements.

The Building Energy Rating is an indication of the energy performance of a specific dwelling. It covers energy use for space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting, calculated on the basis of standard occupancy. It is expressed as primary energy use per unit floor area per year. A Rated properties will tend to be the most energy efficient and will have the lowest energy bills.