What is a BER rating and why do I need one?

A domestic BER, (Building Energy Rating)  is an indication of the energy performance of a home. It covers energy use for space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting calculated on the basis of standard occupancy. A BER is similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance like your fridge. The label has a scale of A-G, A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and will have the lowest energy bills.

A BER is required when an existing dwelling is sold or rented or when a new dwelling is built for sale.  BER assessments are also required to validate certain home energy retrofit measures that are funded through the grant schemes. An advisory report is included with all BER assessments. This is a 4 page report detailing measures you can take to improve the energy rating of your home, how they will reduce your homes fuel bills and carbon emissions along with an indication of the cost and if any grants are available. This is a great first step to planning your home retrofit. If you need more detailed advice we also offer a whole house retrofit plan services.

The first part of the BER assessment is  a detailed survey of your home, including; measuring of the building footprint, glazing levels & types, the building’s construction and an investigation into the heating systems. This data is then entered into the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure, (DEAP) software. Finally the rating is lodged with the national database to produce the BER rating and certificate.

If you would like to get a quote for a BER assessment, click here to get in touch.

You will also find further information on BERs on the SEAI website here.