Building Energy Rating : Energy Assessors : Tipperary

By: Ber Experts  05/12/2011
Keywords: heating, Energy Assessors, Existing Dwellings

BER Certification (New and Existing Dwellings)

New Dwellings

A person offering a new dwelling for sale or letting (whether in writing or otherwise) is required to produce a copy of the BER to the building control authority for the area on demand and to any person expressing an interest in purchasing or renting the relevant building if planning permission was applied on or after 1st January 2007. Transitional BER exemptions will apply to new dwellings for which planning permission is applied on or before 31st December 2006, provided the new dwellings involved are substantially completed on or before 30th June 2008

Existing Dwellings

A person who offers a new or existing building for sale or letting on or after 1st January 2009 is required to produce a copy of the BER to the building control authority on demand and to any person expressing an interest in purchasing or renting the relevant building.

BER Experts will send out a Building Questionnaire to all clients for completion by the house owner prior to a assessor attending the property. The property will then be Surveyed by one of our SEI registered Assessor using the DEAP Survey Guide. The attending assessor will conduct a detailed survey of the property including

  • Building Elements.
  • Ventilation.
  • Heat losses.
  • Domestic hot water.
  • Internal heat gains.
  • Solar heat gains.
  • Space heat use.
  • Space heating requirements.
  • Total energy use.
  • Energy emissions.
  • Age of building and extensions.

Advisory Reports

BER Experts will issue advisory reports for dwellings surveyed indicating what changes can be made to improve your BER .The Advisory Report may include recommendations of

  • Increased Insulation in the walls, attic or floors.
  • Fitting energy efficient windows or doors.
  • Replacing an old boiler with a more efficient condensing boiler.
  • Installing heating time and temperature controls.
  • Installation of renewable energy systems.
  • Insulating hot water cylinder and pipe work.
  • Installation of draught lobby.
  • Installation of Energy efficient lighting.

The advisory report is a key component in the BER system and implementation of these recommendations will improve the Energy Rating of the dwelling and reduce your running costs.

BER Experts have launched a HES Plus package to assist people who want to avail of the HES Scheme. Call us today and we will call to survey your home and we will recommend what measures need to be taken to maximise the grants available and increase the efficiency of your home.

Grants are fixed for each type of measure as indicated in the table below. Grant approval must be in place before any purchase of materials or commencement of measures undertaken. Grants are paid after the measures are completed and the contractor has been paid by the homeowner. In the instance where the cost of the work (vat inclusive) is less than the fixed grant amount, the actual cost will be reimbursed.

MEASURECATEGORYGRANT *
RoofRoof Insulation€250
WallCavity wall insulation€400
 Internal Wall Dry-Lining€2,500
 External wall insulation€4,000
Heating ControlsHigh Efficiency Gas or Oil fired Boiler with Heating Controls Upgrade€700
 Heating Controls Upgrade€500
BER AssessmentA Before works and an After works BER assessment€100

* Please note that while you are entitled to apply for each Measure there is a minimum requirement that the grant amount in the first application must be €500 or greater. The BER grant cannot form part of this €500 amount.

  Provisional BER CERT and

Part L Compliance Report

Are you going to build your own house?

Are you applying for planning permission?

Do you want to build energy efficient home?

If the answer is yes to any or all of the above questions then contact us today and talk to us about our Self Build Improvement Report.

Building your own house is probably the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At design stage almost every aspect of the building is looked at, Building style, Layout, Aspect, Internal and External finishes. All of this is important from an aesthetic point of view but there are huge savings to be made by improving the energy rating of the building. There is an opportunity at design stage to reduce the running costs of your building by between 20% and 70%.Ber Experts can help you to achieve these savings by using our vast knowledge of building materials and technologies. Contact us today and book your Self Build Improvement Report Calculation of your Provisional BER Cert.

Energy Audit

Why should I get an Energy Audit carried out on my home?

Every house and home is suffering from heat loss through the building fabric and through inefficient management of energy and heating systems. Can you afford to continue to waste your money? Do you want to reduce your Heating and ESB Bills?

Then you need to Book your Energy Audit TODAY.

BER Experts will have a qualified energy assessor attend your home/ property and assess heat loss through roof, walls, ground floor, windows, and your space heating and domestic hot water system. During the Energy Audit we will survey

Electrical Usage Requirements, Lifestyle habits, and unnecessary usage.

  • Insulation level and standards in your home.
  • Window and Doors Condition, Fitting, and Draught stripping.
  • Ventilation current system - Natural or Mechanical Ventilation and ways to improve the efficiency of this system.
  • Lighting Standards, Unnecessary usage, and percentage of low energy lighting throughout your home
  • Space and Water Heating systems The efficiency of your current systems and hot water cylinder and plumbing insulation Each of the above areas is analyzed and examined for defects. BER Experts will also highlight areas of improvement. It is essential that all of the above are working to the optimum levels as this will ensure that as little energy as possible is being used.
  • On completion of an Energy Audit BER Experts will issue an Advisory Report which will outline where Energy Efficiency can be improved. The Advisory Report will contain practical advise on how reduce your costs with Low Cost/No Cost recommendations. It may also include recommendations for.
  • Increased Insulation in the walls, attic or floors .
  • Fitting energy efficient windows or doors.
  • Replacing an old boiler with a more efficient condensing boiler.
  • Installing heating time and temperature controls.
  • Installation of renewable energy systems.
  • Insulating hot water cylinder and pipe work.
  • Installation of draught lobby.

Air Tightness Testing

Air Tightness Testing is used to measure the air tightness of a building and to identify Air Leakage from a building.

What is air leakage and why is it important to eliminate it?

Air leakage is the uncontrolled flow of air through gaps and cracks in the fabric of a building. The only satisfactory way to measure this is using blower door test equipment. The test is used to find the source of uncontrolled air flow and they can then be eliminated thereby maximizing the energy efficiency of the building. Large developments do not require Air Pressure Testing on all units, the regulations are shown below.

 Air Tightness testing is also used to find draughts in existing homes. This can be hugely benifical in finding areas where heat is being lost through draughts in the house. This can be a huge factor in heat loss and is often overlooked when assessing a dwelling that is always cold. 

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Energy Assessors, Existing Dwellings, heating