The BER Advisory Report accompanies the BER certificate. It provides guidance to homeowners and prospective buyers about upgrades that could improve the BER rating of the property.

About advisory reports

The BER regulations require new dwellings and dwellings for sale or rent to have a BER and advisory report. The advisory report gives homeowners a personalised roadmap to upgrade their home to a target B2 energy rating, or better. This is in line with targets within the Climate Action Plan.

BER assessors generate advisory reports using the advisory report builder within the DEAP software. Recommendations in the advisory report are based on inputs to DEAP.

Technical guidance

This document gives BER assessors guidance on using the advisory report builder. It also explains the information contained within the advisory report.

The document includes:

  • Logic and approach of the recommendations
  • Upgrades and recommendations
  • Minimum and target BER improvements
  • Using the advisory report builder
  • Errors, warnings and solutions

Energy efficiency bands

This table explains the values that determine the energy efficiency indicators displayed on the advisory report. These are Very Poor, Poor, Fair, Good and Very Good.

SEAI grants for upgrade works

Home energy upgrade grants are available for homeowners to support the cost of upgrade works recommended in the Advisory Report.

Find out more about home energy grants.

Building regulation compliance

Upgrade works should comply with relevant building regulations. The primary responsibility for compliance rests with the designers, builders and owners of buildings. Technical guidance documents for the building regulations and other supporting documents are available from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Further information

More detailed information on upgrading a dwelling is available in the NSAI S.R. 54:2014 Code of Practice.

BER Advisory Report

Aug 9th, 2021

This webinar introduces and explains the BER Advisory Report, which gives homeowners a personalised roadmap to bring their home up to an energy rating of B2 or better. There is a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

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BER Advisory Report introduction

Your questions about the advisory report

These Q&As have been adapted from questions received from BER Assessors during the advisory report webinars held in June 2021.

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