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By: Berated  05/12/2011
Keywords: renewable energy, Passive Design

BERated | Services | Commercial and residential BER ratings/tests, passive design and renewable energy advice for Dundalk, Louth, Monaghan, Meath and Dublin

BERated provides a number of services to many different parts of the industry.

With the introduction of the European Performance in Building Directive (EPBD) it is now a legal requirement for any house or building that is built, sold or let to have a Building Energy Certificate (BER).

All buildings applying for planning permission on or after the 1st January 2007 must obtain a Provisional BER Certificate which last for 2 years. The Provisional BER certificate is calculated from the final planning drawings and specifications for the dwelling by a registered BER assessor. In conjunction with the BER certificate, we will also provide an advisory report in which we will outline various steps which can be taken to improve the rating of the property. Once the house is fully completed a Full BER certificate should be applied for.

All buildings to be leased or sold on or after the 1st January 2009 must obtain a Full BER certificate. The Full BER certificate is produced following a comprehensive survey of the building by a registered BER Assessor. In conjunction with the BER certificate, we will also provide an advisory report in which we will outline various steps which can be taken to improve the rating of the property.

This is usually carried out for clients who wish to improve the energy efficiency of their building or who are seeking advice on how to get a better BER. It is carried out in the same way as the Full BER in that it requires a comprehensive survey of the building. The results however are not sent to SEI. An advisory report is issued outlining steps which can be taken in order to improving the rating.

A new service introduced to help you make the most of your property from the word go. By incorporating our renewable energy, architectural, design and planning expertise, we will work with you to design and create your dream home whilst at all time ensuring it is an energy efficient one. A Provisional BER Certificate is included as part of this service.

All new dwellings from the 1st July 2008 require an Air Pressurisation Test. An Air tightness test measures the flow of air within a building. Air tightness testing highlights areas of heat loss. Such areas increase the energy consumption of the property and, with it, the amount of energy, and indeed money, being unnecessarily wasted.

Thermal Imagery is used to identify patterns of heat loss from your property that are invisible to the naked eye. Thermal imagery is conducted using a high tech infrared camera.

With the introduction of the new Home Energy Saving Scheme by Minister Eamonn Ryan, BERated now offer our new 'before' and 'after' services, along with assistance in applying for the grant.
With this new service we carry out a BER on your dwelling. After we compile our report we will come back to you with recommendations on work you should carry out to avail of the grants associated with the scheme. Once the work is completed we carry out another assessment and give a revised rating.
Please note that there are certain rules that must be complied with in order for you to gain your >€200 grant.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Passive Design, renewable energy