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Why do BERs matter?

Today’s property article centres around an essential aspect of property management – the Building Energy Rating Certificate (BER). In simple terms, it’s a certification that evaluates the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings.

Why is it crucial? Well, for starters, a higher BER translates to lower energy bills, reduced carbon emissions, and an increased potential value for your property. Even a small difference in BER grades can significantly impact heating costs and environmental impact. Whether you’re in the process of buying or selling a property or simply aiming to cut costs and enhance sustainability, the BER provides valuable insights into the improvements your property might need.

BER - Do I need one foe my property?

So, what factors affect the Building Energy Rating?

Roughly 35% of heat escapes through outer walls, and up to 30% exits through the roof. Assessing the condition of your attic and wall insulation and sealing gaps or cracks is a crucial first step in curbing this heat loss.

Doors and windows are another area where heat can slip away. Unsealed doors, poorly fitted frames, or single-paned windows could result in a 25% loss of your home’s heat.

It’s worth noting that poorly performing windows or doors can undermine any investment you make in improving attic and wall insulation by allowing draughts to nullify your efforts.

For BER assessments, independent registered assessors are available. You can easily find a local BER assessor through the SEAI National Register of BER Assessors or, of course, we can put you in touch with a trusted local assessor.

Thank you for your attention to these vital details. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please get in touch.

Best regards,

Veresia Myburgh

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