200,000 homes are tested for energy efficiency
ONE in seven homes in the State has been tested to see how energy efficient they are.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) yesterday confirmed a total of 201,854 homes had got building energy ratings (BER) certificates which show how savings in home heating costs could be achieved.
The SEAI urged people renting homes to insist that landlords provided the certs, which are legally required by anyone renting or selling a property since 2007.
BER certificates cover energy use for home heating, water, ventilation and lighting. Homes are rated A to G, with homes in the A category costing the least to heat and power. The certificates are accompanied by a report identifying how energy performance can be improved.
Of the 201,000 tested, only 0.5pc fell into the A category, with 51pc being rated B or C. Another 36pc were in the D and E category, with 13pc falling into the low F and G bands.
"New building standards come in around C, so we're moving towards more efficiency," a SEAI spokesman said. "We need all our houses to be up in the C category, and there are a million homes in Ireland that need some kind of an upgrade."
Research shows that just 42pc of people in the rental market know that landlords must have a BER certificate.
"Despite the decline in property transactions, there has been a significant demand for BER ratings over the past two years," SEAI chief executive Professor J Owen Lewis said.
"But, those renting properties are still not aware of their entitlements to receive a BER. We urge those considering renting to demand one, so they are fully informed of the energy performance of a dwelling before finalising any rent agreement."