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Building Energy Rating (BER)

Like all Member States of the European Union (EU), Ireland has introduced Building Energy Performance Certificates, called Building Energy Rating (BER) in Ireland. However, in contrast to most Member States, Ireland has required building owners to present the BER to potential buyers or tenants, and is publishing the ratings in a public online database. This is likely to maximise market transparency and, hence, improve the effectiveness of the rating scheme. In October 2012, almost 330,000 Building Energy Ratings had been published in total (SEIA 2012, p. 4), out of a total building stock of 1.46 million permanently occupied dwellings (SEI 2009, p. 7).


  • Aydin, Vera (Lead author)
  • Andritzky, Paul (Author)
  • Thomas, Stefan (Reviewer)
  • Kiyar, Dagmar (Reviewer)

Official document

Official document code:

Building Control Bill 2005: www.bigee.net/s/mif8bp
Statutory Instrument SI No.666 of 2006: www.bigee.net/s/782rs1 

References and further reading

Building Energy Rating (BER a): Frequently Asked Questions. www.bigee.net/s/v8w5p7
Building Energy Rating (BER b): Building Energy Certificates. www.bigee.net/s/qaa39k
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DECNR) (2009): Maximising Ireland’s Energy Efficiency 2009-2020. www.bigee.net/s/98yyxa
Directive 2002/91/EC Of The European Parliament And Of The Council (2002): On the Energy Performance of Buildings. www.bigee.net/s/cz1ugw
European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) (2009): Successful EPC schemes in two Member States. An eceee case study. www.bigee.net/s/49gcc3
EU Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) Working Group (2006): Action Plan for Implementation of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in Ireland. www.bigee.net/s/k988x6
IEA (2010): Energy Performance Certification of Buildings. www.bigee.net/s/11yixy
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) (2011): Code of Practice for Building Energy Rating (BER) Assessors. www.bigee.net/s/g5dqy7
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) (2012): Monthly Report October 2012. 
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI a): Building Energy Rating. www.bigee.net/s/pjp7tf
Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) (2009): Retrofitted Passive Homes. Guidelines for upgrading existing dwellings in Ireland to the Passivhaus standard. www.bigee.net/s/c1yz5d

Further Information available:
My Home Advice Centre - Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate in Ireland: www.bigee.net/s/8rs5e7
Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) (2008): Energy in the Residential Sector. 2008 Report. www.bigee.net/s/ip8chz


  • Location:

  • Type of policy:
    Mandatory energy performance certificates & equipment labels

  • Implementation period:
    2006 to present

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