What is a BER Assessment?
A Building Energy Rating, or BER assessment, is the process of surveying and evaluating the energy efficiency of a specific property.
A BER assessment is a valuable tool for homeowners, landlords, and tenants alike, as it provides them with important information about the energy efficiency of a property. By identifying areas where energy is being wasted, a BER assessment can help property owners take steps to reduce their energy consumption and lower their energy bills. Additionally, a higher BER rating can add value to a property and make it more attractive to potential buyers or renters.
During a BER assessment, a qualified BER assessor will conduct a thorough inspection of the property, taking into account factors such as the age and construction of the building, its size and layout, and the type of heating and ventilation etc. The BER assessor will also assess the levels of insulation and airtightness in the building, as well as any renewable energy sources that may be in use, such as solar panels.
Using specialised software, the BER assessor will then calculate the property’s BER rating, which will be expressed on a scale of A to G. Properties with an A-rating are the most energy efficient, while those with a G-rating are the least efficient. The rating is determined based on the property’s energy consumption, as well as its carbon emissions.
Once the BER assessment is complete, the BER assessor will provide a BER certificate and advisory report that details the property’s energy performance and provides recommendations for improving its energy efficiency.
The advisory report will offer recommendations that may include upgrades such as adding insulation, draught protection, upgrading windows, improving the heating and ventilation systems, or installing renewable energy sources. By following these recommendations, property owners can not only reduce their energy bills but also contribute to the fight against climate change by lowering their carbon footprint.
Therefore, a BER assessment is an essential tool for anyone looking to improve the energy efficiency of their property. By identifying areas where energy is being wasted, property owners can take steps to reduce their energy consumption, lower their energy bills, and contribute to a more sustainable future.
If you would like to book your BER assessment in Cork please give us a call on (021) 202 1211. Alternatively, you can submit a quote request here and one of our assessors will call you with a quote and to discuss your BER.