BER assessment Limerick
A domestic energy assessment is required for a property when the decision is made to rent or sell. Your assessment can be completed by our registered SEAI BER Assessor Limerick who will produce your energy performance rating BER cert.
The BER cert will provide information to potential buyers and tenants about the energy usage of your dwelling and how this relates to cost, as well as offering suggestions on how they can cut their energy use, shrink their bills and reduce their carbon footprint
A Building Energy Rating certificate (BER) is required before a Limerick property can be put up for sale or rent. There are some exceptions where an energy survey isn’t required including national monuments,
protected structures or proposed protected structures,
places of worship or buildings used for the religious activities,
certain temporary buildings and some industrial buildings which are not intended for extended human occupancy.
Getting a BER Cert in Limerick
If you require a domestic BER cert, you will need to use an SEAI registered BER assessor to carry out the assessment. BER assessors Limerick Energy Rating are accredited and qualified to produce energy certs having completed training programs and received qualifications to understand a building’s energy efficiency. Only an assessor who is insured, accredited and registered with the sustainable energy authority of Ireland can carry out domestic energy BER surveys.
During the assessment the energy assessor will calculate the area that is seen as the ‘building envelope’ so that they can establish how much heat is being lost by the building through doors, windows, roofs and walls. They will inspect heaters, boilers, heating controls and fireplaces and note the type of fuel that is used. They will assess the construction of the main house and any extensions and record their age.
During the assessment, the BER assessors Limerick will establish which, if any insulation is present in and on walls and in the attic. To do this they will need to gain access to any loft to do so.
They will also record if you are using low-energy lighting in your home. They examine which type of glass is fitted in the windows, whether there is draught proofing, and whether any upgrade works or retrofit has been completed.
Their calculations are then input into a special software program me called DEAP, which produces an efficiency rating from Band A down to Band G. The BER performance certificate is then provided to the property owner.
What is a BER?
If you’ve never had a BER energy assessment before, you might not understand exactly what all the details correspond to. The certificate contains two specific energy ratings. The first is the energy-efficiency rating. This will be graded from very poor band G to very good band A. The second rating indicates the environmental impact regarding carbon dioxide (CO2) of the property and uses the same band G to band A scale. Once it’s issued a BER cert is valid for 10 years unless changes or new efficiency improvements are made to the property.
Your home will be rated according to it’s current condition but as well as this the cert demonstrates the potential that the building has with improved measures. The cert will also provide recommendations on how the BER can be improved, which is useful both for the current owners and anyone looking to buy or rent it. There are normally a range of low and higher cost measures that can be undertaken, from changing to low-energy lighting through to installing heat pumps and energy efficient heating systems.
Benefits of Having current BER cert.
It is a requirement to have a BER cert before selling or letting your property, but there are also benefits for the current owner in getting a good rating. This will show potential buyers or tenants that the property is as energy-efficient as it can be and that it will cost less to run than other properties with a lower BER rating. In order to achieve the best possible BER rating for your home, it’s a good idea to make some improvements before the BER Assessor arrives. These don’t have to be expensive, but they can make a big difference to the energy-efficiency of a dwelling.
Around 50% of the properties in the Ireland are graded D or lower in their assessment. This means that there is considerable opportunity to ensure your property stands out in the market if you can improve its energy efficiency rating. You can potentially increase the value of your property by improving the BER rating, and the asking price could rise by several percentage points if you do so.
Finding a BER Assessor Limerick.
When you’re looking for a local BER assessor, it’s mandatory that you use one who is accredited with the SEAI and qualified to carry out the property survey. Otherwise your BER won’t be issued or will be invalid, and you will incur extra costs to have a legitimate assessment done. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland maintains a register of assessors that you can search online. You can also check if specific BER assessors limerick are registered. This means you can be guaranteed the credentials of the BER assessor that you’re using.
We offer a fast domestic energy rating service. So when you have your BER energy assessment issued, you will be all set to put your dwelling on the market. This might seem like an additional charge and inconvenience when you’re selling or renting your home but it could actually be of benefit to you and make it easier for you to let or sell if the building rating is better than for other properties in your area.