Building Energy Rating FAQs

What is a Building Energy Rating?

A Building Energy Rating is a certificate that is given to a dwelling to measure the energy efficiency of the dwelling. It gives a rating from A to G which measures the CO2 emissions and KWh/m2/yr of a property.

How much is a BER Certificate?

InsulateYourHome.ie are offering BER certificates for FREE* if you get insulation or heating system grants from the SEAI Home Energy Savings Scheme. InsulateYourHome.ie will complete a BER cert for the homeowner for the €100 that the homeowner will get back through the Home Energy Saving Scheme if the homeowner uses InsulateYourHome.ie for their upgrade works!

Who will pay the cost of a BER Certificate?

Generally the homeowner has to pay the bill for the BER certificate, however if the homeowner uses InsulateYourHome.ie for their insulation upgrade they will receive a BER certificate free of charge to the home owner*.

Who needs a BER?

If you are selling or renting a property you will need to get a BER certificate for the house or apartment. Also, from the 1st June 2010 if you receive grant money from the SEAI for insulation works or heating system upgrades you are required to get a Building Energy Rating. You will receive a grant of €100 for the BER certificate on top of other grant monies that you have been granted.

Electrically heated homes give poor energy ratings, why?

Heating oil and gas are more efficient types of heating. However if you upgrade insulation in your home this would reduce the difference. A good energy efficiency, in broad terms, is based on how well insulated the envelope of the dwelling is and the efficiency of the heating system. Upgrading your insulation will hugely improve the energy rating of your home, reducing your heating bills and your carbon footprint.

What Buildings are Exempt from BER?

Public buildings and listed buildings are currently exempt from BER. All other domestic buildings need a BER if for sale, for rent or receiving grant money from SEAI for insulation or heating system upgrades.

What will happen if I fail to get a BER for a Dwelling when required by Law?

If you do not obtain a BER when required by law, you could be fined, your auctioneer/solicitor could be fined and you will not get your grant money from the SEAI if a BER is not completed as part of the HES Scheme grants.

Who can carry out a BER?

Only a BER Assessor who is registered with the SEAI and is featured on the SEAI BER Assessor database can publish a BER Certificate.

What happens if a building gets a relatively low BER?

If your building scores low in energy efficiency, do not worry there is plenty you can do. Insulateyourhome can upgrade your insulation and heating system which is guaranteed to improve your BER rating. You can also receive grants from the SEAI to help you with the cost of the upgrade.

How long will a BER remain valid?

A BER certificate remains valid for 10 years or until you upgrade your home using the SEAI HES grant scheme.

How will a BER of an existing dwelling be carried out?

A BER Assessor will conduct a site visit of the property and take a detailed survey of the property. The Assessor will take account of measurements, building fabric, building space and water heating. The Assessor will then record the data and input this into the DEAP software. The software produces a file that is lodged with NAS, which is an online administrate system. NAS then publishes the BER certificate. The certificate can now be given to the client.

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