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.
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.