Commercial BER Assessments

All commercial buildings offered for sale or rent after January 1st 2009 by law require a BER certificate to accompany them.
BER Ireland are experienced in the commercial or non-domestic building energy rating assessments. We offer this service for a wide range of non domestic buildings such as retail, offices, industrial, restaurants etc.

BER Ireland carry out assessments nationwide.
BER assessments for commercial buildings differ greatly to the domestic BER sector.
For the purpose of a Building Energy Rating Assessment Commercial or Non-Domestic Buildings are divided up into 3 categories described as Category 3, 4, or 5.

Category 4
is the most common commercial building and covers all New and Existing Non-Domestic Buildings, e.g. Offices, warehouses, supermarkets etc.

To assess a Category 4 building an individual must have a Level 8 qualification, i.e. an Honours degree in a building related discipline. They must also be a member of a professional organisation for Level 4 (Engineers Ireland, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, etc) and pass the SEI approved interim exam for Level 4 buildings.

Less complex commercial buildings come under the Category 3 building type, most commonly defined by the presence of ‘simple natural ventilation, e.g. Doctor’s surgery. Category 5 covers the most complex buildings types, e.g. Factories.

The Non Domestic Energy Assessment Procedure (NEAP) is the methodology used to generate the Building Energy Rating (BER) and advisory report for new and existing non- domestic buildings. NEAP calculates the energy consumption and CO2 emissions associated with a standardised use of a building. The energy consumption is expressed in terms of kilowatt hours per square meter floor area per year (kWh/m2/yr) and the CO2 emissions expressed in terms of kilograms of CO2 per square meter floor area per year (kg CO2/m2/yr).

The assessment takes into account the following;
  • The geometry and age of the building
  • Type and thickness of insulation materials
  • The heating system in place
  • The type of building ventilation used
  • The  type of lighting
  • Any renewable technologies in use

Our team as a whole have many years experience in both the energy and building sector and offer unrivalled expertise in this area.

All BER Ireland quotes are given on a case by case basis and are calculated based on floor area and the complexity of the building.

For more information please contact us to discuss your requirements.


How will the Directive affect the non-domestic sector?

The Directive requires all new and existing commercial buildings to have an energy certificate available when they are constructed, sold or rented

The Directive also stipulates that all buildings over 1000m², with either public sector occupiers or frequent public access must prominently display an energy certificate.

For a list of buildings exempt from the Directive see  ‘Legislation and Background’.

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COMMERCIAL BER assessments for commercial buildings differ greatly to the already established domestic BER sector.

RESIDENTIAL BER Ireland offers a complete assessment allowing the client to avail of best practice energy saving advice.

AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING The aim of the air tightness testing is to reduce energy losses from the dwelling in the form of air leakage.

ENERGY AUDITING The energy audit will provide you with a specific report relating to your property which will address any weaknesses.