BER stands for Building Energy Rating and this is standard calculation of the energy performance of a building. It is rather like the A to G rating for a household electrical appliance. BER is based on primary energy demand and the BER scale ranges from “A1” (most efficient) to “G” (least efficient).
Building Energy Rating (BER) is a requirement of the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (2002/91/EC and S.I. No. 666 of 2006). The EU Directives require that all new dwellings that received planning permission on/or after 1st January,2007 requires a BER Certificate before being offered for sale/rent or owner occupied. Also that from 1 July 2008 a BER is required for new non-residential buildings for which planning permission is applied on/after that date. From 1 January 2009 a BER is required for existing non-residential buildings, when offered for sale or rent.
As a result, buyers and tenants will be able, for the first time, to take energy performance into consideration in their decision to purchase or rent a building.Edc can advise on a range of improvements, that can be costed, which result in improved energy ratings. This allows the developer/owner to make informed decisions as to improving the energy rating of the dwelling.
- Add value to your asset
- Can improve the comfort of your home
- Be a friend of the environment
- Improve your ongoing operation costs
- Helps focus the home owner on the running costs when building one off houses