Commercial BERs or Non Domestic BERs

Commercial BERs Cork

Who needs a BER for non-domestic buildings?

A Building Energy Rating (BER) and advisory report is to be supplied by the owner to a prospective buyer or tenant when a non-residential building is constructed, sold or rented.

From 1 July 2008 a BER is required for new non-residential buildings for which planning permission is applied on/after that date.

From 1 January 2009 a BER is required for existing non-residential buildings, when offered for sale or rent.

General Information on BER for Non Domestic Buildings

A Building Energy Rating (BER) and advisory report is to be supplied by the owner to a prospective buyer or tenant when constructed, sold or rented. The BER is intended to give prospective buyers and tenants information about the energy performance of buildings. the BER also gives builders/developers and vendors/landlords, an incentive to upgrade the energy performance of the building by giving visible credit to superior standards.

The BER must be accompanied by an “Advisory Report” setting out recommendations for cost-effective improvements to the energy performance of the building. However there will be no legal obligation on vendors or prospective purchasers to carry out the recommended improvements.

Kevin McCourt is an honours graduate of Civil Engineering and has spent the past 20 years working on a variety of projects ranging from new residential, industrial and  commercial property to refurbishment of existing property. Kevin has specialised in energy retro-fitting for the past 4 years and also has extensive experience in providing Commercial BER’s.

You can contact Kevin on 087 9419156
or 021 481 63 23 or email [email protected]

BER Assessment Process

The building owner must engage a registered BER Assessor to carry out assessments. The BER Assessor follows the Non Domestic Energy Assessment Procedure(NEAP) to calculate the BER and generate the advisory report. The assessment is submitted for publication on the national BER register.

BER Certificate

The BER is an indicator 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. To see what a BER Certificate looks like please click here .

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