Confused about a BER rating?

Confused about a BER rating?

What is a BER rating?

You may have heard about a BER rating on properties, but not been sure exactly what that meant. Put simply, BER stands for Building Energy Rating, and it signifies how energy efficient a property is. Properties are graded on a scale of A to G, with A-rated homes being the most energy efficient, making them more likely to have lower energy bills.

So how does this affect you? As a prospective buyer or renter, you want the property to have the highest BER possible. As mentioned, a high rating usually means that the property has lower energy bills, which of course saves you money in the long run. So if you’re torn between two properties, looking at their BER might help you decide which one will cost you less in the long run.
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How to find a house or apartment to rent

How to find a house or apartment to rent

Before viewing an accommodation you should always think of these few decisions to consider:

  • How much you can afford in rent and utility bills
  • The quality of the house or apartment to rent
  • The Building Energy Rating (BER) of the property
  • The location of the property
  • How long you plan to stay there
  • Whether you wish to share a bedroom/bathroom/kitchen etc.

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What is a BER Rating?

What is a BER Rating?

A Building Energy Rating or BER is an energy label with accompanying advisory report for homes. The rating is a simple A to G scale. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and will tend to have the lowest energy bills. BER Cert Advisory Report A BER makes the energy performance of a home visible to prospective buyers and tenants allowing them to take energy performance into consideration in their purchase or rental decision. The Advisory Report identifies potential energy performance improvements that could lead to better comfort levels, reduced energy use and costs. A BER is valid for up to 10 years provided that there is no material change to the home that could affect the energy performance. A Provisional BER, derived from the plans for an as yet unbuilt home, has a maximum validity of 2 years.

Who needs a BER Rating?

An owner must provide a BER to prospective buyers or tenants when a home is offered for sale or rent. There are exemptions for certain building categories e.g. protected structures and temporary buildings. A homeowner must obtain a BER before a new home is occupied for the first time regardless of whether it is offered for sale or rent. BER details must be included on advertisements when a home is offered for sale or rent.

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