BER stands for Building Energy Rating. A BER is similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance like your fridge. The label has a scale of A-G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and G the least efficient.
From 1st January 2009, a BER certificate is compulsory for all homes being sold or rented.
All new homes (even when not for sale) must have a BER certificate before they are occupied as detailed under S.I. 666, which can be reviewed on the Department of the Environment's website.
BER assessments performed on new dwellings will also help determine compliance to Part L of the Building Regulations.
BERs will be carried out by specially trained BER assessors, registered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). QCON facilitates the process of engaging a specially trained assessor.