BER mystery shop

Do you need a Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate?

We have just carried out a mystery shop survey of BER assessors across Ireland. The survey examined the cost of getting a BER certificate from a number of registered assessors for two different property types. The survey found the following:

Three Bedroom Semi-detached House:
- The average quotation nationally was €165.
- Nationally, the quotes ranged from €99 in Cork to €300 in Donegal, a difference of €201.

Two Bedroom Apartment:
- The average quotation nationally was €156.
- Nationally, the quotes ranged from €308 in Galway to €100 in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kerry, a difference of €208.

Why do you need a BER certificate?

A BER certificate is required if you are advertising a home for sale or rent or before a new home is occupied for the first time. It shows how energy efficient your home is and checks energy use for space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting. Your home is rated between A and G, with A-rated homes being the most energy efficient. There are exemptions for certain homes, such as protected structures and certain temporary buildings.

The BER certificate includes an advisory report which gives information on how you might improve the energy performance of your home.

What to look out for if you need a BER certificate

Make sure that the BER assessor you are considering using is listed as a registered BER assessor with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).


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