Nicholas Dwane Auctioneer & Valuer
Bawnabraher, The Burgery, Dungarvan
Co Waterford, Ireland

Mob: +353(87)2629539    Tel: +353(58)42064

BER Ratings

What is a BER?
A BER is similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance like your fridge/washing machine. The label has a scale of "A"-"G". "A-rated" homes are the most energy efficient and "G-rated" homes are the least energy efficient.
 
From the 1st of January 2009 a BER certificate is compulsory for all homes being sold or rented. If you are buying or renting a new house/apartment now, you are entitled to a BER - so you should ask the seller/landlord or their agent for it.
 
All new homes (even when not for sale) must have a BER certificate before they are occupied.
 
BER assessments performed on new dwellings will also help determine compliance to Part L of the Building Regulations.
 
BERs have to be carried out by specially trained BER assessors, registered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI).
 
Who needs a BER?
A seller must provide a BER to prospective buyers or tenants when a home is constructed, sold or rented under the following circumstances:
 
- New homes where planning permission was applied for on or after the 1st of January 2007:
 
- All homes for sale or rent on or after the 1st of January 2009
 
All new homes (even when not for sale) must have a BER certificate before they are occupied.
 
BER assessments performed on new dwellings will also help determine compliance to Part L of the Building Regulations.
 
Who Pays the Cost of a BER Certificate?
The property owner pays the fee to the BER assessor and the owner also pays the fee for the issue of the BER certificate.
 
How Long will a BER Remain Valid?
A BER for a building will be valid for 10 years from the date of its being issued, unless there is a material change in the building in the meantime which could affect its energy performance – for example an extension to the building, a significant change to the building, fabric or a change in the heating system or fuel used.
 
Therefore, if a property which has received a BER is placed on the market within 10 years of that BER being issued, and the property has experienced no relevant alteration in the meantime, then that same BER may be used by the building owner for the purposes of meeting their obligations under the Regulations.
Nicholas Dwane is an auctioneer and valuer, based in Dungarvan, Waterford, Ireland.    Website by: Déise Design

Nicholas Dwane Auctioneer & Valuer,
Bawnabraher, The Burgery,
Dungarvan, Co Waterford,
Ireland.

Phone: +353(58)42064    Mobile: +353(87)2629539

Email: info@nicholasdwane.com