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What does BER mean?


BER is an acronym for “Building Energy Rating”.

What is a BER Certificate?


The Building Energy Rating Certificate (BER) is part on the Energy Performance of Buildings EU Directive. The aim of the Directive is to make the energy performance of a building understandable and the information available to potential purchasers or tenants.

The building energy-rating certificate is similar to the energy rating labels people find on any domestic appliance. For example, just as an “A” rated appliance will cost less to run, an ‘A’ rated house will cost less to heat. Likewise, an “E” or “F” rated house will cost more to heat yearly.

In the current economic climate, the rating of a house will have an effect on the resale or rental value of any property.

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What is the BER Assessment service?

BER is a standardised method of assessing the energy performance of a property, and formalises the terminology and measurements used to recognise a building’s energy efficiency. The building’s structure, materials, and heating supply are surveyed and evaluated. A rating is provided by a qualified BER Assessor and a report is generated for the homeowner. Since 2009, the BER report is a requirement for all house purchases.

Cost of BER Assessment

We will keep costs of an assessment as low as possible, contact us for a free BER quote. Remember that all qualified assessors are trained to the same standard, so paying more for an assessment does not mean you will get a better service.

How long does the certificate last?

Once a certificate has been issued for an existing house or apartment it will be valid for 10 years and it does not need to be renewed if the property changes ownership within that 10-year period.

Is there a pass or fail score?

There is no minimum score in a BER Assessment. A house or apartment cannot ‘fail’ a BER Assessment; however a poorly rated property will not be as attractive to a prospective buyer or tenant.

When is the BER required?

The certificate is required at the point of sale or rental of a building, or on completion of a new building. The homeowner is under no obligation to make recommended improvements.

Who can perform a BER Assessment?

BER Assessments should only be carried out by specially trained assessors. A qualified Usher Insulations BER Assessor will issue the BER certification by using various calculation methods and software. Contact us to request a free quote.

Can a homeowner improve the rating of his or her home?

There are a number of ways that the rating of a property can be improved, and for a reasonable cost. Homes with broilers over 10 to 15 years old are likely to have a lot to gain from an assessment. If a boiler were to be replaced with a modern high-efficiency boiler, the BER rating would most likely improve. The cost of the installation and assessment would pay for itself. The value and sale price of the home could improve for the small investment of approximately €2,000.

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 in the report. Recommendations may include:

  • increasing the insulation in the walls/attic/floors
  • installing advanced energy efficient windows/doors
  • measures to achieve controlled, healthy ventilation
  • replace an old or inefficient boiler with a more efficient boiler
  • installing modern heating controls
  • installing certain types of renewable energy heating systems
  • insulating the hot water cylinder and pipe work

The BER Assessment is a useful tool for all homeowners. If you have just purchased a house which you plan to improve or want your current home assessed, this report will outline steps you can take to make your home energy efficient and to save you money on fuel costs.