The BER is an indication of the energy performance
and the sustainability of a particular building.
It is for all practical purposes very much similar to
the energy label rating A to G normally
found in domestic electrical appliances for
example in your fridge or the dishwasher.
The Building Energy Efficiency Rating
A rating of G signifies the least Energy Efficient Building
while a rating of A will signify the most Energy Efficient.
All in all, in BER you will find 15 sub energy performance
levels within the ratings A to G.
A BER certificate is now compulsory for almost all the new buildings or
others now under construction where planning permission has been granted.
There are however a few exceptions for specific cases.
Irrespective of the class any building offered for sale or let on or after 1st
January 2009 must process a valid BER certification along with
its companion document, the Advisory Report for production on
demand by the prospective customers or the authorities.
What is the basis of Assessment of Building Energy Assessment?
The assessment is done on the basis of the properties of components
of a particular building such as the walls, roof, floor area, windows,
doors, insulation, air tightness, heating and cooling system, ventilation,
lighting systems and its distribution and controls, pumps and fans,
use of alternative energy etc, but exclude refrigerators,
cooking appliances and washing machines.
Who carries out the Assessment?
Registered BER assessors who have been trained under the National Frame work of
Qualifications are authorized to carry out the Assessments and log in the records
with the Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI).
The assessors may use approved software and suitable tools for the purpose
of carrying out the assessment.
In addition to the approved qualifications the assessors also have to duly
put their signature to a Code of Conduct with SEI. In order to maintain the
integrity of the scheme SEI also maintain a quality assurance program with the assessors.
It’s an offence punishable by law for anyone who does not process a valid registration with SEI to
carry out a BER assessment for the purpose of complying with the regulations.
Who is authorized to Issue the BER?
Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) is the designated Issuing Authority and is required to
maintain a digital registry of the BER assessments logged in with them by the assessors.
SEI is also the Management Authority for the BER Scheme.
In that capacity they also register the BER assessors and also maintain a list for the benefit of the public.
Role of Alternative Energy in BER Certification
In the assessment of the Energy Performance of a building use of alternative
energy is also taken into account. It is compulsory on the person who commissions
a large building to ensure the utilization of Alternative Energy in the design of such building
as far as practically, environmentally and economically feasible.
Our BER Assessors
We employ Building Energy Rating (BER) assessors registered
by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), who carry out BER
assessments on existing and new houses, single or in developments.
Our assessor will assess the dimensions, fabric, ventilation, water heating
and lighting systems in your building. This will then be used to calculate an energy
rating for the house. Energy ratings go from A to G, A being the most
energy efficient and G being the least energy efficient.
Book a BER
To book a BER assessment please complete our form here