Ireland's only dedicated building services engineering journal
Ireland's only dedicated building services engineering journal

Stephen McGovern, Chair, BER Assessors Association.
The Energy Performance of Building Directive was enacted in 2002, which when transposed into Irish law, instigated the role of Building Energy Rating (BER) Assessor. Here, Stephen McGovern (right), Cork Energy Consultancy and Chair of the BER Assessors’ Association, reveals just how essential BER assessors are to the energy, carbon and sustainability goals set by the Irish Government.

The role of the BER Assessor has evolved significantly over the years and can now generally be broken down into the following responsibilities:

• Production of BER/DEC certificates required for all properties advertised for lease and sale;

• Production of certification to allow grant payment under several schemes, most commonly for SEAI-funded grant programmes such as individual and one-stop-shop energy upgrades;

• Demonstration of compliance with Building Regulations Part L (Conservation of Energy);

• Providing advice on how to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations;

• Providing advice on how to upgrade buildings to
maximise energy efficiency in cost-optimal ways;

• Verifying that upgrades carried out by clients achieve

See PDF of full article at BER experts more than assessors

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