The Cork Energy Rating Company

About BER

About BER

What is a BER Certificate?

A Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate is an energy efficient label for your home. It is similar to the energy label on electrical appliances with a scale of A to G. “A” rated homes are the most energy efficient and will have the lowest energy bills where as “G” has the most inefficient and will have the highest energy bills.

  • A BER Certificate is compulsory for all new homes constructed from July 2008 i.e. where planning permission was applied for on or after 1st January 2007. To be compliant with The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (now S.I. No. 9) a provisional BER Cert must be supplied when submitting planning application.
  • A BER Certificate is compulsory for all homes being sold or offered for rent from 1st January 2009. If you are buying or about to rent a house or apartment now, you are entitled to a BER Cert, so ask the seller, landlord or their agent for it
  • For all persons applying for Grants from SEAI.
  • From 8th June 2010, a Building Energy Rating (BER) is an integral part of all grant applications under the Home Energy Saving scheme, whereby homeowners must undertake a BER on their home after grant aided works have been completed.
  • As of the 1st of January 2013 it is against the law to advertise a property for sale or rent without displaying the Energy Rating of that property.
  • As of 1st of January 2014 it is illegal for any parties with any financial association with a property to be in any way connected with the supply of a BER CERT.