Building Energy Ratings (BERs) are now required for all new buildings under the European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006). It is the responsibility of all building owners (0r their agents) to produce a BER for inspection by prospective purchasers or tenants.
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Why do we require a BER?
From January 1st 2009 a BER certificate is required by law for all new and existing dwellings, offered for sale, lease or rent as well as all new self build houses. The BER allows the seller to make the energy performance of a home visible to prospective buyers, occupiers and tenants and enables them to take energy performance into consideration in their next building purchase or rental decision. Provisional BER certificates are also required for any new building being sold off plans.
How is a building BER Rated?
Each building will be rated by one of our Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) registered BER Assessors and a BER Certificate issued. This Energy Performance certificate which is a requirement of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, is similar to the energy label on a fridge and carries a scale from A1-G, with A1 being the most efficient. A BER certificate has for some time been required by anyone selling or letting a new home where planning permission was applied for on or after 1st January 2007. From 1st January 2009 the same requirement will apply to all existing homes and buildings. SEI anticipates that when existing homes come under the BER the average rating for the majority of Irish homes built in the 1980s will be a D1.
he exemption period for existing homes concluded on 1st January 2009 and it is important that building owners, and their agents, are aware that from that date they will require the certificate before offering for sale or rent any property. There are many benefits that BER will bring to anyone purchasing or renting a house. The rating aside, the accompanying Advisory Report will be a useful guide to the range of cost effective improvements that can be made to improve the building’s energy performance.
Who are the Issuing Authority?
SEI is the Issuing Authority with responsibility for the registration of BER assessors, logging of BER assessments and the overall administration of the BER Scheme. In order to obtain a BER, a homeowner must have an assessment carried out by a certified BER assessor company such as Gilroy Energy Services who employ BER Assessors trained under the National Framework of Qualifications
and registered with SEI.
How long is a BER Valid For?
A BER is valid for up to ten years provided that there is no material change to the dwelling. New homes offered up for sale off plans can be issued with a provisional BER which is valid for a maximum of two years.
How is a BER Calculated?
A BER is calculated for a dwelling using the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP). It consists of step by step calculations within a series of individual modules.
The modules deal with:
- Building Elements
- 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
Our SEI Registered Assessors then use the calculations emerging from these modules combined with measurements taken from drawings or on site to produce an overall calculation of annual energy demand and CO2 emissions and your BER Rating.
What is an Advisory Report?
An Advisory report accompanies every BER Certificate and at Gilroy Energy Services we can on request provide the advisory report prior to issuing the certificate. This allows the building owner to carry out cost effective improvements which will result in a better BER Rating. These improvements will not only improve your BER but could also increase the value or desirability of your property and reduce energy costs.
Our recommendations could include:
- Increased Insulation in the walls, attic or floors
- Fitting energy efficient window
s or doors
- Replacing an old boiler with a more efficient condensing boiler
- Installing heating time and temperature controls.
- Installation of renewable energy systems
- Insulating hot water cylinder and pipework
The advisory report is a key component in the BER system and is an invaluable aid to home buyers in particular. If a buyer plans to improve the property in the early stages of occupancy they can use the
What are the penalties for non compliance?
Fines of up to €5,000 apply for non-compliance with the regulations.
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