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Sunday 20 April 2014

Surveyors remind house-sellers on new BER regulations date

THE Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland ( SCSI) has reminded property owners that all properties for sale or to let must display a Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate on all advertising effective from Wednesday, January 9.

The SCSI said that new Building Energy Regulations, which are being implemented at a European level, will require the Building Energy Rating of a property to be published on all marketing materials for the property.

Ed Carey, chairman of the Residential Property Group of the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI), said: "From January 9, the energy rating of a property must be published on all marketing materials relating to the property and home vendors and landlords must have a BER cert before the property is put on the market". BER certificates, introduced in 2009, are essentially a guide to the energy efficiency of the property. They rate the property on a grade from A- G, with A being the most energy efficient.

"My advice for anyone considering selling or letting their property is to have their property energy rated as the first step before contacting an agent as the agent will not be in a position to market the property until they have the BER certificate.

"A full list of BER assessors is available on the SEAI website www.seai.ie," Carey concluded.

There are exemptions for certain categories of homes, for example, protected structures and certain temporary homes.

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