BER Certificates and Advisory Reports: New Properties
A BER certificate is required for all new dwellings where a planning permission was applied for on or after 1st January 2007. Transitional BER exemptions will apply to new dwellings for which planning permission is applied on or before 31st December 2006, where the new dwellings involved are substantially completed on or before 30th June 2008.
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The Process for New Properties
The European communities (Energy Performance Of Buildings) Regulations of 2006, updated 2011, state that the BER Certificate should be obtained prior to the property being offered for sale, to let or occupied for the first time. Nowadays most of the local authorities would already expect the builder/architect/developer to submit the application for the planning permission accompanied by the Provisional Energy Rating (Provisional BER) and a special report which would show compliance of the proposed building with Part L amended Building Regulations (which came into effect 1st July 2008). The aim of the revised document is to limit the use of fossil fuel energy and related carbon dioxide emissions. The standard will be further reviewed in 2010 with the aim of achieving zero carbon dioxide emissions associated with dwellings.
A Provisional BER is based on pre-construction plans and specifications and does not require the site inspection. The benefit of having a Provisional BER is that it can be used as a guidance tool to achieve the best possible energy rating. In our experience an early Energy Rating can potentially save thousands whether you are thinking of constructing a new building or renovating or extending an existing one even at the construction stage. Our BER Assessor will analyse the proposed plans and advise on al the aspects of the energy efficiency such as for instance if the renewable energy source is suitable for your particular project or if there’s a cheaper and more efficient option for you, what kind of insulation would make your dream home cozy and if the boiler that you were thinking of buying is the best choice.
After the construction is completed we would issue a Final BER Cert which will take into account any changes implemented during the construction relative to the plans, specifications or other data on which the provisional BER was based.
With legislation becoming tighter you will need a specialist able to guide you, advise and consult through every stage of the project construction. We provide a comprehensive professional service that gives energy consultancy and advice to both developers and private builders.
We can also provide advice on the grants available for various renewable energy technologies and will assist you in completing the appropriate application form. We keep in regular contact with SEI (Sustainable Energy Ireland) regarding closing dates for applications for existing grants and schemes and opening dates for proposed future programs.
A BER Certificate is calculated based on
- Building dimensions
- Materials used for construction of the dwelling
- Thermal insulation of the building fabric
- Ventilation characteristics of the dwelling and ventilation equipment
- Efficiency and control of the heating system(s)
- Solar gains through openings of the dwelling the fuel used to provide space and water heating
- Ventilation and lighting
- Renewable energy technologies.
Although the certificate itself will just show you the primary energy use per unit floor area per year (kWh/m/y represented on an A to G scale (see BER certificate); and associated Carbon Dioxide (CO ) emissions in kgCO /m /yr the report which accompanies the Cert will contain information which will enable you to cut your costs, save yourself money on bills and help to save the planet for the next generations.
The homeowner is under no obligation to follow the Advisory Report but it gives you an idea of what areas of the property are affecting the energy rating.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 086 860 2895 to arrange an assessment.
We accommodate your requests as to the suitable times and dates.
An inspection normally takes about 30-60 minutes depending upon the size of the property. Our energy assessors will take a photograph of the property and a note of the factors which affect the rating.
Please ensure that the energy advisor has access to your attic, crawl space or any other hard to reach areas.
You will be asked to sign a homeowner release form permitting the advisor to take the photos, to release assessment data to SEI and to allow SEI to carry out quality assurance measures if need arises. A responsible person who can make household decisions should be there when the advisor does his or her assessment.
It takes about 48 hours to process the data collected during the inspection and once the BER Certificate is registered we post it back to you together with an Advisory Report.
In order to register the BER Certificate with SEI we would require the MPRN Number. This number can be found on top of your electricity bill. Please ensure that you can provide us with an electricity bill for the relevant property.
Your BER is valid for 10 years provided that no substantial works are carried out on the property within this period.
Part-L amended Building Regulations – As of 2011
The criteria for complying with the new building regulations for dwellings are as follows:
L1 A building shall be designed and constructed so as to ensure that the energy performance of the building is such as to limit the amount of energy required for the operation of the building and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with this energy use insofar as is reasonably practicable.
L2 For existing dwellings, the requirements of L1 shall be met by: - (a) limiting heat loss and, where appropriate, maximising heat gain through the fabric of the building; (b) controlling, as appropriate, the output of the space heating and hot water systems; (c) limiting the heat loss from pipes, ducts and vessels used for the transport or storage of heated water or air; (d) providing that all oil and gas fired boilers installed as replacements in existing dwellings shall meet a minimum seasonal efficiency of 90% where practicable.
L3 For new dwellings, the requirements of L1 shall be met by: -
(a) providing that the energy performance of the dwelling is such as to limit the calculated primary energy consumption and related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions insofar as is reasonably practicable, when both energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are calculated using the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) published by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland;
(b) providing that, for new dwellings, a reasonable proportion of the energy consumption to meet the energy performance of a dwelling is provided by renewable energy sources;
(c) limiting heat loss and, where appropriate, availing of heat gain through the fabric of the building;
(d) providing and commissioning energy efficient space and water heating systems with efficient heat sources and effective controls;
(e) providing that all oil and gas fired boilers shall meet a minimum seasonal efficiency of 90%;
(f) providing to the dwelling owner sufficient information about the building, the fixed building services and their maintenance requirements so that the building can be operated in such a manner as to use no more fuel and energy than is reasonable.