Building Energy Ratings (BER) |

21 Dec 2016

Building Energy Ratings (BER) |


A Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate is an indication of the energy performance of a home. A BER certificate is accompanied by an Advisory Report which identifies how you might improve the energy performance of your home.

BER is the calculated energy use for space and hot water heating, ventilation and lighting based on standard occupancy. 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 will tend to have the lowest energy bills.



A BER is compulsory for all homes offered for sale or rent. A BER is also required before a new home is occupied for the first time. There are exemptions for certain categories of homes, for example, protected structures.

Advertisements must include BER details when a home is offered for sale or rent.

If you are buying or renting a house or apartment, you are entitled to a BER so ask the seller, landlord or real estate agent for it.

BER assessments are completed by registered BER Assessors who have been trained under the National Framework of Qualifications, passed the SEAI BER Assessor exam and have registered with SEAI.


For much of the past four-to-five years of rent increases, the story has been about where has been driving the national increase in rents. Particularly in 2013 and 2014, it was Dublin that was responsible for pulling up the national average rate of rental inflation: in mid-2014, rents were 15% higher than a year previously. By late 2015, it was outside Dublin – in particular the other urban markets and the commuter counties around Dublin that were driving the national increases.


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