BER Assessors are SEAI registered and qualified BER assessors providing the best prices in Dublin for Ber Certs.
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1 Bed Apartment – €130
Other Apartments/Duplex – €170
3 Bedroom House – €170
Grant Application – €20 extra
All pricing include VAT and €30 SEAI fee.
What is a BER Rating
A Building Energy Rating is similar to the energy label on your fridge with a scale of A-G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and G the least efficient. From 1st January 2009 a Building Energy Rating cert became compulsory for all homes being sold or offered for rent. If you are buying or about to rent a house or apartment now, you are entitled to a Building Energy Rating – so ask the seller/landlord or their agent for it along with the Building Energy Rating certificate, you will also receive an Advisory Report which will help you to identify how you might improve the energy performance of your home.
Who is entitled to a Building Energy Rating
A seller or landlord must provide a Building Energy Rating to prospective buyers or tenants when a home is constructed, sold or rented.
There are exemptions for certain categories of buildings, e.g. protected structures and certain temporary building (Ref. S.I. No. 666 of 2006).There are fines of up to €5,000 for non-compliance with the regulations.
Who carries out a BER Rating
A BER Rating are carried out by registered Assessor. A person offering a home for sale or rent, or their agent is required to engage an Assessor to carry out a Building Energy Rating assessment. SEAI maintain a list of currently registered Assessors which can be found on our website https://ndber.seai.ie/Pass/assessors/search.aspx
How is a Building Energy Rating calculated
A BER is based on the characteristics of major components of the dwelling (wall, roof and floor dimensions, window and door sizes and orientations) as well as the construction type and levels of insulation, ventilation and air tightness features, the systems for heat supply (including renewable energy), distribution and control, and the type of
lighting. It covers annual energy use for space heating, water heating, ventilation, lighting and associated pumps and fans, calculated on the basis of a notional standard family with a standard pattern of occupancy.
The energy performance is expressed as:
(a) primary energy use per unit floor area per year (kWh/m2/yr) represented on an A to G scale.
(b) associated Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions in kgCO2/m2/yr
A Building Energy Rating is only an indication of the energy performance of a house. Actual energy usage will depend on how the occupants operate the house. In that way it is similar to the concept of a fuel economy (miles
per gallon or litres per 100 km) for a car, it does not cover electricity used for purposes other than heating, lighting, pumps and fans, i.e. does not include for cooking, refrigeration, laundry etc.
How much does a BER Rating cost
There is no set fee for a BER and it is a matter for the Assessor to charge as they deem appropriate for the particular services offered. SEAI strongly recommend to all people wishing to commission an assessment to shop around for the best price and if possible to check references with other clients. Assessors are charged a levy of €25 to submit an assessment to the national database and this must be included in the price charged.
You should agree a fixed price inclusive of VAT for all the services the Assessor is providing. (Note that Assessors are required under the terms of registration to provide such a written quotation.)
What the Homeowner can expect from an assessment
Once you have selected your Assessor the Assessor will make an appointment to visit your home so that they can complete a survey on it.
When the Assessor arrives at your home they will conduct a non intrusive survey. The assessment will typically take a couple of hours to complete (depending of course on the home size and complexity). The Assessor will need to have access to all the rooms in your home.
During the survey they will be measuring the area of the rooms, measuring the windows, the thickness of the walls, the levels of insulation, the heating system, the number of flues, the floor types and the wall types. The Building Energy Rating Assessor will typically collect 80 pieces of data which describe your home, which are then entered by the Assessor into the DEAP software tool in order to generate the Cert.
How the Homeowner can prepare for a BER
There are a number of items that would be helpful to the Assessor if the homeowner were able to provide the following:
A recent electricity bill so that the Assessor can note the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN)
The date of construction of the dwelling
Details of any previously published cert for the dwelling on the national register.
Any plans or specifications of the dwelling if they are available.
Details of any upgrades that have been made to the dwelling e.g. insulation.
The boiler model number or any documentation for the boiler.
Making sure the Assessor has safe and unobstructed access to all areas of the dwelling
What happens after the Building Energy Rating
The BER Assessor will return to their office and input the survey findings into the software called DEAP. There are approximately 80 data inputs that the Assessor must enter.
Once this is complete the Assessor will log on to the online SEAI National Administration System (NAS) and upload the DEAP file. This will generate the BER Cert and the Advisory Report.
The BER Assessor will then give the homeowner a copy of the BER Cert and the Advisory Report.
The BER Assessor will be able to answer any queries you have relating to your dwellings BER cert.
SEAI maintain the register of BER certificates. To see your BER on the national register please go to https://ndber.seai.ie/pass/ber/search.aspx and enter either the BER number of MPRN number for your dwelling.