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What impact does SEI think that this Directive will have on Irish householders?

What will happen if you fail to have your house energy rated?

You are only required to have an energy rating carried out if you are selling or renting your house. Otherwise there is no requirement to have an energy rating carried out. (The exact requirements and penalties will be set out in the legislative provisions). However, it may be of benefit for those in older homes to have an energy rating carried out in order to identify how they could improve the energy performance of the house and thereby reduce their annual energy bills.

What kind of impact will this Directive have on those trying to sell or rent out their houses?

Will there be any impact for other service suppliers?

The advice provided on the scope for upgrading the property will open up business opportunities for suppliers and qualified installers of more energy efficient products (the process of providing energy rating certificates or air conditioning inspections of course provides a separate commercial benefit to the professional specialists involved).


New Buildings

The energy assessment of new buildings should be more straightforward as details – or at least nominal specification details – of the building are available. The same method (DEAP) will be used to demonstrate compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations, therefore, it will be an important incremental exercise for the design team to generate the building energy rating. The argument can be advanced that what transpires on site may not match what is on the drawing board, which is a matter for the developer to ensure, under possible inspection from the local authority Building Control function.

The Building Regulations and the BER apply to a building as built, therefore the plans on which a BER is based reflect what is built on site.

Existing Buildings

In the case of existing buildings, data gathering is by means of an on-site survey. Much of the detailed information on the buildings may not be available and therefore default data will need to be used. It is also possible that recorded energy consumption data for an existing building representing may have a part to play in assessing the energy performance of some existing buildings.

The above information has been provided by Sustainable Energy Ireland, for further details visit

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