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A Building Energy Rating (BER) is a calculation of a buildings energy performance, i.e. measure how much energy and carbon dioxide your house will use or produce in a year. The BER is expressed in the form of performance bands, 'A1' being the most efficient and a 'G' being the least efficient.
The Building Energy Rating (BER) will provide a clear energy rating for the house similar to the A to G rating for an electrical appliance. This allows home buyers to take energy performance and energy costs into consideration in their purchasing decision. It also gives the homeowner the necessary knowledge to make improvements to their home. These improvements will reduce your energy bills and improve the market value of the house.
There are fines of up to € 5,000 for non-compliance with the regulations.
A BER is calculated by a BER qualified assessor using the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) published by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). The DEAP is the national methodology adopted for calculating and assessing the energy performance of dwellings.
The procedure takes account of the following factors amongst others to calculate the rating:
The Building Energy Rating Certificate comes with an accompanying advisory report. This report outlines recommendations as to what you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home. You may then choose to implement some or all of the changes outlined.
BCD Energy Consultants recommendations may include:
The advisory report is a key document for all home buyers. It is particularly useful to those who have just purchased an existing dwelling which they plan to improve or remodel in their early stages of occupancy. This report will outline to you how you can gain the full benefit of energy usage in your home. It will help save you money from the moment you move in.
BCD Energy not only supply quality assured BER Certificates which fulfils your legal requirements, we also prepare an advisory report highlighting methods to improve upon the rating making the property more valuable.
The rates for Building Energy ratings vary, depending on the dwelling and start from as little as €180! Batches of dwellings are usually easier to assess as they are similar in dimensions and materials. Discounts of 50 to 75% are available on large developments where the housing stock is very similar.
We also offer a Pre-Build Advisory service. Ideally we recommend that you obtain BER advice before construction commences. At this stage we can predict the likely BER outcome and we can advise on BER improvement measures.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us or call into our energy store.