A property's Building Energy Rating (BER) must be included in all sale and rental advertisements.

Guidelines for selling or renting

When offering a property for sale or rent you must ensure that:

  • The current BER rating for the building is stated in all advertisements. All advertisements means public announcements in: newspapers, magazines, brochures, leaflets, advertising notices, vehicles, radio, television, internet (including apps and social media), and direct mail.
  • Prospective buyers and renters can see the BER rating prominently in all advertisements
  • If images of the property are used, the BER rating type displayed should be the BER Alphanumeric Rating Motif for the particular property.

Legal requirement

The BER advertising requirements are set out in the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations found in the Irish Statute Book (S.I. 243 of 2012).


The following buildings do not require a BER or DEC:

  • national monuments;
  • protected structures or proposed protected structures;
  • places of worship or buildings used for the religious activities of any religion;
  • certain temporary buildings;
  • industrial buildings not intended for extended human occupancy with a low installed heating capacity (≤10 W/m2);
  • non-residential agricultural buildings with a low installed heating capacity (≤10 W/m2);
  • stand alone buildings with a small useful floor area (<50m2).”

BER artwork files

Choose the BER artwork files you require to download in zip format. These contain the correct images for displaying a BER.

Opening the zipped artwork files

Zip files are compressed folders containing several folders and files. You may need to download a data compression tools, such as WinZip, to open the file.

Image types

The zip files contain both EPS and PNG file types. PNG file types can be viewed using most images viewers. EPS files are generally only viewed using illustration software such as Adobe Illustrator.

Viewing the images
  1. Click on a link e.g. 'A Rating artwork files'. Depending on the setup of your system you should be able to view or download the files contained within the zipped file.
  2. Open the 'A_BER' folder.
  3. Open the folder 'A_BER_RGB_Web_and_PC' . In order to view the motifs immediately, the 'Web_and_PC' folder must be selected to view or download.
  4. Open either the dual or single folder, depending on the type required.
  5. Open the 'PNG' folder.
  6. Double click on the rating that you want to view. This should open automatically in your default image viewer. If not you should consult with your system administrator or an IT specialist.

Contact us

Members of the public
Call 1890 734 237
Email info@ber.seai.ie

Registered BER assessors
Call 1890 252 738
Email registered@ber.seai.ie