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The requirement to produce a building energy rating for review by prospective purchasers or tenants of domestic dwellings is set out in the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2006. This legislation was enacted in 2006 by way of a statutory instrument (SI 666 of 2006) and gives effect in Ireland to the provisions of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of Ministers).

The legislation does not require the sellers or landlords of homes to improve their energy ratings nor does it impose any minimum standards to sell or let a home. Its purpose is to provide the buyer or tenant with information about the energy efficiency of the dwelling so that they can make a more informed decision about which home to buy or rent.

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Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) is the body charged in Ireland with the responsibility for implementation of this legislation. SEAI has produced a methodology for use by all BER assessors who produce home energy ratings. They have also produced calculation software known as the Dwellings Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) for use by all BER assessors.

SEAI checks that each BER assessor has the required qualifications and now requires BER assessors to pass a national examination. SEAI also requires BER assessors to sign a code of conduct that imposes standards on their performance and behaviour. SEAI has an audit function to check the work of BER assessors and thereby assure the quality of the service. SEAI’s BER Website provides extensive information about all aspects of the building envergy rating system.

A BER is valid for 10 years provided that the rated building is not materially changed during that time. If material changes are made, the owner is required to get a new rating.

For more information on Enery Rating and Certificates Please Read our Frequently Asked Questions.