In January 2009 it became compulsory that all properties being rented or sold have a Building Energy Rating Certificate (BER). A BER is similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance like your fridge. The label has a scale of A-G, A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and G the least efficient. This informs prospective buyers and tenants of the energy efficiency of the property. The Certification is valid for 10 years provided the building is not materially changed.
In addition to examining heating equipment and fuel used the evaluation considers property fabric, construction details, insulation of walls, roofs, floors and windows and how much air is allowed in and out of the property.
Some considerations that can vary you Energy Rating include:
Is your roof properly insulated?
How efficient is your boiler and heating system?
Are you using energy efficient light-bulbs?
Can your boiler be used to heat water only in the Summer months?
How well insulated is your hot water cylinder and piping?
Are your windows and doors fitted with draft stripping?
How do you use your fireplace for secondary heating?
Is your living room an enclosed space?
How well insulated are your exterior walls?
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is in charge of BER legislation and only SEAI approved and registered BER assessors are authorised to carry out a BER assessment on your home. Should you require an assessment on your home please complete the BER Request Form below or call us and Wallace Estates will arrange for a SEAI registered assessor to contact you.