What is a BER Certificate?
A Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate has now been made compulsory for all buildings which are being sold.
If you are selling your house, it will be necessary to obtain a BER Certificate and to obtain this it will be necessary to employ a BER Assessor to carry out a survey of your property. A BER Certificate indicates what the rating is for the overall energy efficiency of a building. A BER Certificate is similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance that has a label scale of A-G.
Buildings that rate A are considered the most energy efficient. Whereas buildings that have a rating of G are considered the least efficient. A BER Certificate will contain the building name and address, a BER number, the date when it was issued, the date it is valid until, the BER assessor number and the BER assessor company number.
How is BER calculated?
A Building Energy Rating is calculated in accordance with the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) software. Sustainable Energy Ireland publised this software, which not only looks at the BER calculations but also calculates the carbon dioxide emissions from the building.
A BER calculation includes a number of factors which can negatively affect your building’s BER if these factors remain unchanged from the time you get your BER to the time you need to renew it. However, modern improvements to engery used for things such as space heating, water heating, and lighting can positively impact your BER. The more energy efficient your building is, the better your BER will be and the more money you will save.
Who can perform a BER Report?
A BER is carried out by specially trained BER assessors, registered by Sustainable Energy Ireland. To find a BER assessor close to you, search here.
For more information on ratings and BER Certificates you can visit here.
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