Buidling Energy Ratings (BER) For Both Residential and Commercial Buildings

By: Hhm Architects  05/12/2011
Keywords: energy efficiency


\ Buidling Energy Ratings (BER) For Both Residential and Commercial Buildings

A BER certificate is required by law when selling or leasing a house.  All new houses require a BER cert. BER deals with the energy efficiency and carbon foot print of a building. Under part L of the Building Regulations 2008 all new home must have a renewable source of energy such as solar panels or heat pump.

The Home Energy Saving (HES) scheme provides grants to homeowners who are interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home in order to reduce energy use and costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions. The scheme is open to all owners of existing houses built before 2006. Sustainable Energy Ireland administers the scheme. The types of measures currently eligible under this scheme are roof insulation, wall insulation, high efficiency boilers and heating control upgrades.

There is also a grant for households who choose to get a Building Energy Rating (BER) assessment Before and/or  After the works are completed.

The better the BER rating of a dwelling the smaller the energy bills and the smaller the carbon footprint. The property will also have an increased resale value .

  • We provide BER certificate for new and existing dwellings going on to the market.
  • We can make recommendations for improving the BER of existing houses in the most cost effective manner.
  • Prior to design of an extension we can find out the BER of the house and then design the extension to maximise its energy efficiency and Get the best BER rating for the overall property after the extension is constructed.
  • While designing a building we can see the implications of design changes to the BER rating and come up with the most energy efficient and cost effective solution. The best rating can be designed into the building from the start.

Keywords: energy efficiency

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