Who needs a BER?
A BER is required under the following circumstances:
- The building owner must obtain a BER before a new building is occupied for the first time regardless of whether it is offered for sale or rent.
- When a new or existing building is offered for sale or rent the seller / renter must provide a BER to prospective buyers or tenants. BER details must be included in advertisements when a building is offered for sale or rent.
BER assessments performed on new builds also help determine compliance to Part L of the Building Regulations.
There are exemptions for certain categories of buildings (Ref. S.I. No.243 of 2012).