If your planning permission was applied for on or after 1st January 2007 or your build was not substantially complete (to wall plate level) on or before 30th June 2008 then prior to occupancy you will be required to have a Building Energy Rating (BER) carried out.
If the dwelling units are being sold off the plans a provisional BER certificate is required when the unit is being offered for sale. A provisional BER certificate is issued following an assessment of the design of the dwelling unit combined with the proposed building specification.
A final certificate is issued following the completion of the dwelling unit and takes into account any alterations that have been made to the design or specification of the unit during construction.
The calculation is based on the energy balance taking into account a range of factors that contribute to annual energy usage and associated CO2 emissions for the provision of space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting of a dwelling.
It is advisable to have the BER assessment carried out as early as possible in the build so that informed decisions can be made at the design stage and the most effective use is made of your spend on energy efficient materials and technologies.
In addition to the BER certificate, we will provide an advisory report detailing the impact of different insulation levels (heatloss calculations) and technologies which could effect the rating you will receive.