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. Based on this evaluation, 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.
When is the BER required?
The BER is part of the Energy Performance of Buildings EU Directive. . Since 2009, it is a legal requirement that all homes for rent and sale have a valid BER Report and Certificate. New buildings are also required to have a BER Assessment.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.
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. A poorly rated house take a lot of neergy to keep warm and reuslts in higher energy bills while also be lower in value than a house with a top rating.