In Ireland, each and every time a Commercial and Residential building is to be constructed, rented or purchased, a Building Energy Rating (BER) and advisory report is to be supplied by the owner to a prospective buyer or tenant.
From 1 January 2009 a BER is required for existing non-residential buildings, when offered for sale or rent. Prior to that, from 1 July 2008 a BER has been a requirement for new non-residential buildings for which planning permission is applied on/after that date.
The purpose of the BER is to give an indication of energy performance covering energy use for space heating and cooling, water heating, ventilation and lighting, calculated on the basis of standard operating patterns. It is accompanied by a CO2 emissions indicator
Accompanying the BER must be an “Advisory Report” setting out recommendations for cost-effective improvements to the energy performance of the building. At present, there is no legal obligation on vendors or prospective purchasers to carry out the recommended improvements.
Frontline carry out Non-Domestic BER Certification for clients and in addition to that our assessors are registered Display Energy Certificate DEC’s assessors too. The recent recast directive has changed the parameters required around DEC’s, which you can find out more on by clicking here.