Unique Service agreement for Architects and Engineers.
We offer our partner Architects and Engineers a unique service agreement that will ensure prot
ection for design professionals from any adverse consequences from the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Our special 48 hour express service and our general 5 day BER service ensure that delays in conveyancing are kept to a minimum. All of these are based on all relevant information being made available to our assessor on day one.
We guarantee that where possible we will do everything we can to give each property the best BER rating possible within the regulations. Drawing from our experience and the best practice systems we have put in place we can with the assistance of the client guarantee the best possible rating. We have no hidden agenda and our aim is to provide you and your clients with the best possible independent and accurate BER service.
Services To Engineers and Architects
Gilroy Energy Services offers a range of services to Architects and Engineers to facilitate their compliance with Energy Performan
ce Certification Regulations, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Building Regulations 2008. As Society is turning more and more eco-aware many Architects and Engineers will find that this is much higher on their clients list of concerns. New regulations are much tighter and more advanced testing and certification techniques are required.
This will be reflected in the design and construction of buildings. With many Architects and Engineers further developing these ideals with an emphasis on quality and energy-efficiency.
We can offer you a one stop shop for all your Energy Performance Certification needs. From our first rate BER, Thermography and Air Tightness Testing service. It is already accepted that Air Pressure Testing and Thermography are in fact the best tests available for measuring the overall building energy performance.
The Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2007, (S.I. No. 854 of 2007) was published by the Minister for Environment, Heritag
e and Local Government in December 2007.
Gilroy Energy Services can assist in compliance with the following requirements which are included in the amended regulations:
- Minimum overall energy and CO2 performance standards
- Renewable energy contribution
- Air leakage testing
- Minimum efficiencies for oil or gas fired boilers
Is an Architect or Engineer an “agent” for the purposes of the regulations?
Regulation 7(2) imposes the obligation on a “person who offers for sale or letting…. A building “ to produce the BER certificate and Advisory report. This obligation extends to “….any agent acting on behalf of such person….” However the term “agent” is not in fact defined for the purposes of the regulations. It is the view of the conveyancing committee of the law society however
, that a solicitor acting in the conveyancing/letting on behalf of a vendor is an agent of the vendor and is prima facia caught by the obligations of article 7(2). This provision would almost certainly apply to Engineers and Architects also. Gilroy Energy Services as your BER partner can ensure that you are fully in compliance with the regulations. Give us a call and we can set up a procedure to ensure compliance.
BER Methodology for Dwellings
The official method for carrying out a BER for a dwelling is the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP). It consists of step by step calculations within a series of individual modules.
The modules deal with:
- Heat losses
- Domestic hot water
- Internal heat gains
- Solar heat gains
- Mean internal temperature
- Space heat use
- Space heating requirements
- Total energy use and fuel costs
- Energy emissions
The calculations emerging from these modules are combined to produce an overall calculation of annual energy demand and CO2 emissions. The dwelling is then given a rating on a scale of A1 (best) to G (worst). A detailed account of the standard BER procedure for Ireland is set out under the heading ‘DEAP’ in the SEI web site (www.sei.ie).
Under the DEAP methodology, a new dwelling which meets the minimum standards as set out in the Building Regulations is likely to score the following ratings:
In order to achieve higher ratings developers will be required to design dwellings which go above the minimum standards and which include energy efficient features such as condensing boilers, passive solar design, energy efficient glazing,
increased insulation levels, renewable energy technologies, etc.
The DEAP methodology is based on standard occupancy assumptions and a range of technical judgements regarding the energy efficiency impact of various building components and attributes. In practice the energy efficiency of a building will depend on how the occupants operate the building. The BER for a dwelling may change over time due to many factors including deterioration or modification to the fabric of the building, changes to the heating systems incorporating into the building or changes to the way in which buildings are rated.
BERs are required in the following circumstances:
A person offering a new dwelling for sale or letting (whether in writing or otherwise) is required to produce a copy of the BER to the building control aut
hority for the area on demand and to any person expressing an interest in purchasing or renting the relevant building if planning permission was applied on or after 1st January 2007. Transitional BER exemptions will apply to new dwellings for which planning permission is applied on or before 31st December 2006, provided the new dwellings involved are substantially completed on or before 30th June 2008.
New Non-Residential Buildings
A person who offers a new building other than a dwelling, for sale or letting will be required to produce a copy of the BER to the building control authority on demand and to any person expressing an interest in purchasing or renting the relevant building if planning permission was applied for on or after 1st July 2008. Transitional BER exemptions will apply to new non-domestic buildings for which planning permission is applied on or before 30th June 2008 provided the new non-domestic buil
dings involved are substantially completed by 30th June 2010.
Existing Buildings (Dwellings and Non-Residential Buildings)
A person or their agent who offers a new or existing building for sale or letting on or after 1st January 2009 is required to produce a copy of the BER to the building control authority on demand and to any person expressing an interest in purchasing or renting the relevant building.
Therefore a BER Certificate is now required for all new buildings and all existing buildings offered for sale or rent
Full details of exempt buildings can be found on the SEI Website and include the following:
- a new dwelling for which planning permission was applied for or a planning notice was published on or before 31st Decembe
r 2006 and is substantially completed on or before 30th June 2008
- a new building other than a dwelling, for which planning permission is applied for or a planning notice was published on or before 30th June 2008 and is substantially completed on or before 30th June 2010 except where such a building is being offered for a second or subsequent letting
- National monuments
- Protected structures
- Temporary Building
- Places of worship
The European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006), provide that certain actions in respect of BERs are offences punishable by fines and imprisonment. For example, the following offences are punishable by a fine not exceeding €5,000:
“Failure by the owner of a building or the agent of such owner to produce and allow inspection by a building contr
ol authority or an authorised officer thereof of within 28 days a printed copy of a BER certificate required in respect of that building by the regulations”;
“Making a statement for the performance of his or her functions to a BER assessor, to SEI or to an authorised officer that he or she knows to be false or misleading in a material particular or recklessly making a statement that is false or misleading in a material particular;
“Failing to disclose a material particular to a BER assessor, to SEI or to an authorised officer for the performance of their functions”
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