Building Energy Rating
As Quantity Surveyors, we are ideally placed to advise clients on the most cost effective approach to achieving the required building energy rating. Since the introduction of building energy ratings, MacMinn O’Reilly Mahon has completed hundreds of assessments, on both large scale residential developments and individual homes.
Who needs a BER?
A seller must provide a BER to prospective buyers or tenants when a home is constructed, sold or rented under the following circumstances:
- New homes where planning permission was applied for on or after the 1st of January 2007. A new dwelling (i.e. a dwelling that has never been sold or occupied) is exempt from the BER requirement if it had been the subject of a planning application submitted on or before 31 December 2006 and if it was substantially completed by 30 June 2008. “Substantially completed” means that the external walls have been erected.
- All existing homes for sale or rent on or after the 1st of January 2009. An existing dwelling is a dwelling which has previously been sold and/or occupied.
All new homes (even when not for sale) must have a BER certificate (barring those defined as being exempt above) before they are occupied as detailed under S.I. 666 under http://www.environ.ie/en/Legislation/DevelopmentandHousing/BuildingStandards/
BER assessments performed on new dwellings will also help determine compliance to Part L of the Building Regulations.
There are exemptions for certain categories of buildings (Ref. S.I. No.666 of 2006). For a more detailed list click here.