Find out who needs a Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate. Check to see if your property already has one.

Download a BER certificate and Advisory Report

Check the SEAI National BER Register to see if your property already has a valid BER certificate, to download the BER certificate and advisory report or to review further details of the BER of a property being advertised. You will also be able to see the BER expiry date.

To search the register you will need one of the following two pieces of information about the property:

  • Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) from the top of the electricity bill

or

  • BER number from the BER Certificate and Advisory Report

Expiry date

A BER certificate is valid for up to 10 years, unless the owner makes changes that will impact the dwelling's energy performance - a new house extension or a new heating system for example.

We cannot provide copies of expired BERs to homeowners, sellers or renters under the S.I. 243 Regulations. If a BER cert has expired you should have a new BER assessment carried out on your home.

Accessing the property’s Advisory Report

A BER certificate is accompanied by an Advisory Report which provides guidance on how to improve the BER.  

Accessing the Advisory Report for Dwellings

Where the BER is published prior to 6 July 2021, you must search by MPRN to download the Advisory report. If you are a prospective purchaser or renter and you do not know the MPRN, please contact the building owner or their agent to request a copy of the Advisory Report for the property being offered for sale or let.

Where the BER is published on or after 6 July 2021, you may search by BER number or MPRN to download the Advisory report

Accessing the Advisory Report for Non-domestic Buildings

It is not possible to download Advisory Reports for non-domestic buildings. If you are a prospective purchaser or renter, please contact the building owner or their agent to request a copy of the Advisory Report for the property being offered for sale or let. 

 

Expired or revoked BERs will not appear when searched for on the National BER Register. For support, please contact the BER Helpdesk.

Check the SEAI National BER Register

When BER certificates are needed

Properties for sale or rent

A BER certificate is compulsory for all homes available for rent or sale. This includes new buildings that have not been occupied. You should be able to view or get the BER rating, BER number and energy performance indicator:

  • from the property advertisements
  • from the selling or rental agent

If these BER details are not included within the advertisement of the property, you should contact the selling or letting agent or notify your local building control authority.

New buildings

If you are buying a new building off the plans, you will be provided with a provisional BER. A provisional BER is valid for 2 years and is based on the design and drawings of the home. Following the construction of the dwelling, you should be provided with a new-final BER certificate. The new-final BER is an assessment of the home, as constructed, and includes a survey of the completed building.

Exceptions

Some buildings and structures do not need a BER certificate when they are being offered for sale or rent. These include protected structures, national monuments and places of worship. You can see the exceptions outlined in Section 4 of S.I. 243.

Revoked BERs

If your BER does not appear on the National Register it may have been revoked. Your BER may be revoked following an audit under SEAI's Quality Assurance process. If your BER is revoked your BER assessor should inform you of the revocation and the reasons for the revocation and request you to destroy the revoked BER certificate and Advisory Report. They should then give you a replacement BER Certificate. If your BER Assessor is unable to replace your BER, they should provide you with a refund.

BER helpdesk

Contact us with any questions about your BER.

Email: info@ber.seai.ie
Call: 01 808 2054