Building Energy Rating

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Building Energy Rating (BER)

What is a BER?

A Building Energy Rating or BER is similar to the energy label on your fridge with a scale of A-G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and G the least efficient. From 1st January 2009, a BER certificate will be compulsory for all homes being sold or rented. If you are buying or renting a new house or apartment now, you may already be entitled to a BER – so ask the seller/landlord or their agent for it.

An image of the BER

Along with the BER certificate, you will also receive an Advisory Report which will help you to identify how you might improve the energy performance of your home. 

Who is responsible for BER scheme?

The BER Scheme was established under the European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006). Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has been designated as the Issuing Authority with responsibility for the registration of BER assessors, logging of BER assessments and ongoing management of the BER Scheme. SEI has put in place a comprehensive quality assurance system to audit BER assessors and BER assessments and to protect the integrity of the
BER Scheme.

Who is entitled to 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 1st January 2007;
• All homes for sale or rent on or after 1st January 2009.

There are exemptions for certain categories of buildings, e.g. protected structures and certain temporary building (Ref. S.I. No. 666 of 2006). There are fines of up to €5,000 for non-compliance with the regulations.


For more information of appropriate energy upgrades for historic buildings see the Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings.pdf

What are the benefits of a BER?

A BER makes the energy performance of a home visible to prospective buyers and tenants and enables them to take energy performance into consideration in their next house purchase or rental decision.

How much does a BER cost?

A person offering a home for sale or rent, or their agent, is required to employ a registered BER assessor to carry out an assessment. There is no set fee and the advice is to shop around for the best price. Make sure to confirm all fees prior to commissioning a BER assessment. Assessors are charged a fee of €25 to submit a BER assessment to SEI for
publication on the National BER Register.

How long is a BER valid for?

A BER is valid for up to 10 years provided that there is no material change to the dwelling that could affect its energy performance. The maximum term of validity of a Provisional BER is 2 years.

For more information

Tel: 1890 734 237
Web: www.sei.ie/ber

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