Building Energy Rating
A Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate, which is effectively an energy label outlining the energy performance of a building, shows how energy efficient a property is on a scale of A to G. It is accompanied by an advisory report which will identify how you might improve the energy performance of your home.
A BER is required, subject to transitional arrangements, where construction of a new home began on or after 1st January 2007. A new home (that has never been sold or rented) is exempt from the BER requirement if the planning application was submitted on or before the 31st December 2006 and if it was substantially completed by 30th June 2008
From the 1st of January 2009, a BER certificate became compulsory for all homes being sold or offered for rent. If you are buying or renting a house or apartment, you are entitled to a BER so ask the seller, landlord or agent for it.
Further information on how to apply for a BER can be found at www.seai.ie