Buildings Energy Rating Update

As per Statutory Instrument No. 243 of 2012, published 10th July 2012, with effect from 9th JANUARY 2013, BER Certificates have to be produced at every potential letting and the current energy rating must be contained on any advertisement when selling or letting. Detailed guidelines have been issued by SEAI and these are available here.

Building Energy Certificates. (BER Certs)

These are required for the first turnaround of tenants from 1st January 2009. They are a label outlining the energy efficiency of the property. They will be valid for a period of 10 years. Contractors need to be registered with SEAI in order to issue the Certification. It should be available for tenants looking at the property.

Protected structure or proposed protected structure within the meaning of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2006 are exempt from the requirement. These properties do not require a BER Certificate when letting.

Energy Testing of Property:BER Certificates

Europe introduced the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) (Statutory Instrument S.I.666 of 2006) as a major part of the building sector’s fight-back against climate change. The regulations, which were already in force for new builds, allowed a delay for planning applications in train and applied to existing properties’ sales and lettings from January 2009.

Fundamental to the EPBD is that a Building Energy Rating (BER) must be supplied to prospective buyers or tenants before a sale or letting, otherwise there may be grounds to sue or have the contract declared void.  As fuel prices rise and supplies tighten, the value of energy efficiency is enhanced significantly and the BER is intended to put a market premium on the capital value and rentability of energy-efficient properties.

BERs use a ‘flagging system’ similar to the highly successful one adopted by European white goods manufacturers, most of whose equipment is now in the higher energy (A or B) performance bands.

In an effort to inform residential property owners, especially those in the rental sector, the Irish Property Owners Association launched an information drive IPOA/Energy, which, working with a team of industry experts, comprised of an information guide and a series of national and regional advisory sessions.

The information guide was distributed with the  Irish Independent in association with on-line property portal, The information sessions took place around the country.  The guide was  compiled by an expert committee which included Patrick Duffy, National Irish Centre for Energy Rating, Noel O’Reilly, IAVI, Kevin O’Rourke, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, Kevin Daly, Engineer and Property Investor, Prof. Ken Beattie, Dublin Institute of Technology, Stephen Faughnan, Chairman, IPOA and Des Foley,

IPOA Energy Document

BER Advertising Guidelines December 2012

Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

European Perspective on Energy



Dublin Institute of Technology

Dept. of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

Statutory Instrument 666 Energy Performance in Buildings