Frequently Asked Questions

What is a BER?

A BER (Building Energy Rating) is an energy performance label for a building. Its purpose is to enable home buyers or renters to judge the likely running costs of the building, and to easily compare one building against another. BER ratings run from A to G, with A being the highest rating and G the lowest. An SEI report issued 21 October, 2008, shows that 82% of new homes achieve a B grade BER. Older homes are less likely to score highly and more likely to incur higher running costs.

Does my home require a BER Certificate?

BER Certificate From 1st January 2009, all properties that are being sold or rented must have a valid BER Certificate. From this date, you will not be able to sell or rent your property without one. Having said that, even homes that are not not being sold or rented would benefit from a BER assessment. Knowledge of the Building Energy Rating of your home, along with advice from a qualified BER Assessor, will enable home owners to make improvements and reduce the running costs and energy use of their homes.

How Long will the BER be valid?

A BER will remain valid for 10 years from the date of issue, so long as there have been no major changes to the property. Examples of major changes that would require a new BER to be issued include building extensions, and changes to the heating system or fuel used in the house.

Why is a BER Certificate required?

The aim of Building Energy Ratings is to reduce energy consumption in the home. Buildings are the largest users of energy in the EU, accounting for 40% of all energy used. This figure is expected to be reduced by 22% over the next 2 years. The BER grading system gives home owners and occupiers an accurate picture of how much energy their home is using. With the help of an energy audit, changes can then be made to the home to improve its BER, lower the amount of energy used, and reduce the costs of running the home.

What will happen if I do not obtain a BER certificate?

BER certificate There is a fine of up to €5,000 for failure to obtain a BER certificate when required. Lack of a BER certificate could also delay the completion of any sale or rental of your home. As the certificate is valid for 10 years from the date of issue, there is no reason to delay the assessment.

How much will a BER assessment cost?

The cost will vary depending on the size and type of the property. For example, a one bedroom flat will cost around €180, whereas a much larger three bedroom dormer would cost approximately €400. For an individual quote for your property, call us or use the form on our contact page. Let us know a little about the property, and we will be able to quickly advise you as to likely costs.

We do offer special rates for Assessments of multiple properties - ideal for property developers or landlords. Again, contact us for more details.

How long will the BER Assessment take?

Depending on the size and age of the property, an onsite Assessment may take up to half a day to complete. For small or recently built properties, the time involved may be less. Completion of all associated paperwork and certificates normally takes about a week, so try not to leave it until the last minute.

Who is in charge of issuing BERs?

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) is responsible for the registration and regulation of all BER assessors. Their website contains a wealth of information to help home owners improve the energy rating of their home.