BER Assessors are the highly trained, skilled & experienced individuals who carry out the vast quantity of Building Energy Rating (BER) assessments required each year. In 2018 there were 85,439 BER certificates published for domestic dwellings alone.
All assessors carry out their role in line with a code of practice as set out by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Quality assurance is of the highest priority. In order to maintain registration, all assessors are subject to frequent audits and also undergo an examination every two years. Assessors are generally from a technical background such as engineers, building surveyors or architectural technicians, which leaves them well placed to offer excellent advise to their clients. Some of the more experienced assessors have been involved since it was first introduced.
A BER certificate must be supplied when offering a property for sale or rent. A provisional BER is required prior to starting the construction of a new dwelling. The calculations take account of the materials and equipment in the design and construction of the dwelling and will demonstrate the design meets the requirements of Part L of the building regulations.On completion of the build, a survey is carried out and a final BER is issued based on the materials and equipment, as constructed. If any changes take place to the design during the build, it is very important the assessors is informed to re-check the calculations for compliance.