BER Cert

BER Cert

BER Certs: The Gateway to Energy Efficiency in Irish Homes

In the quest for greener living and energy conservation, Ireland has embraced the Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate as a standard for assessing the energy performance of properties. This little document might seem inconsequential at first glance, but it holds the key to unlocking a home’s energy potential. Let’s dive into the world of BER certs and discover their impact on homeowners and the environment.

**Decoding the BER Cert**

A BER cert is akin to a nutritional label for your home. It tells you how energy-efficient your property is, with ratings spanning from ‘A’ for the eco-warriors to ‘G’ for the gas-guzzlers. Securing a high rating on this scale doesn’t just feel good; it translates into real-world benefits like lower energy bills and a snugger home during those chilly Irish winters.

The Journey to Acquiring a BER Cert

Obtaining a BER cert isn’t just a tick-box exercise; it’s a step towards conscious living. Homeowners looking to sell or rent their properties are required to have their dwellings assessed by a registered BER assessor. These assessors are the unsung heroes who crunch the numbers and analyze everything from your attic insulation to the boiler in the basement.

Elevating Your BER Rating

Improving your BER rating is not just about slapping on some solar panels and calling it a day. It’s a thoughtful process of upgrading and optimizing your home’s energy consumption. Think double-glazing, LED lighting, and smart heating controls. These improvements don’t just bump up your BER rating; they also contribute to a more sustainable planet.

The Advisory Report: Your Roadmap to Efficiency

With every BER cert comes a companion—the BER Advisory Report. This personalized guide is brimming with recommendations tailored to your property, offering a clear path to a greener home. It’s like having a personal trainer for your house, pushing you towards energy fitness.

Navigating the Legal Landscape

In Ireland, the BER cert is more than a good-to-have; it’s a must-have. The law mandates that all property advertisements proudly display their BER rating, ensuring transparency and encouraging energy efficiency.

The Bigger Picture

At its core, the BER cert is more than a piece of paper. It’s a manifesto for energy efficiency, a declaration of your commitment to a sustainable future. As homeowners, embracing the BER cert is a powerful statement that we care about our homes, our wallets, and our planet.

BER cert When Selling or Renting

There’s a lot more to selling or renting a property than simply doing a spring clean and putting it on the market; letting potential buyers know how energy efficient your home is, is not only advisable but is also a necessary requirement.
A BER certificate measures the efficiency of a dwelling by calculating the CO2 emissions and energy demand of the property. It covers energy use for heating, ventilation, lighting and hot water and is worked out on the basis of an assumed occupancy. Homes with a good BER  will be more energy efficient and have the lowest utility bills.
A BER is measured using DEAP software short for dwelling energy assessment procedure. This also rates all the heat gained from solar gains through windows and roof-lights and from using appliances. It measures the heat loss through walls, floors and roofs and then calculates out the heat demand to keep a dwelling warm and the water hot and the efficiency of the heating system.
BER cert results are on a scale from A to G – A is the most efficient and G the least and is based on an agreed standard assessment procedure rating system. Completed by a registered BER Assessors who are all listed on, it is required by anyone  putting a property on the market.
You are required to get a BER cert when you are selling or renting your house, and a rating is valid for 10 years unless material changes are made to the dwelling. A more energy efficient house is cheaper to run, it is probably of a better construction will be less draughty and more comfortable.

Energy Habits

Often your energy habits can save you much more money than insulating your home.
You should note that a BER rating measures the performance of your property fabric using a universal set of criteria for occupancy, hot water use, etc.  This means that buyers and renters can compare BER ratings nationally, but it is not a measure of one’s actual energy usage.
There are some simple things you can do to improve your BER cert rating and make your building a more attractive prospect to potential buyers or renters. We have some great tips on our energy saving ideas page.
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