BER Commercial Certificate

What is a BER (Building Energy Rating)?


A commercial BER cert indicates a building’s energy efficiency performance taking account of energy used for space heating and cooling, water heating, ventilation and lighting and its floor area.  

Who needs a BER?


When a non-residential property is built or made available for sale/rent, it is the duty of the owner to provide a Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate and advisory report to the new buyer or tenant. Non-residential buildings which sought planning permission on or after 1st July 2008 require a BER, as does any non-residential buildings being sold or rented after 1st January 2009.


Each BER certificate is published along with an Advisory Report relating to that property. A list of improvements that can be made to improve  the energy efficiency of the commercial building will be stated in the accompanying ‘Advisory Report’, The new buyers or tenants of the property are under no legal requirement to enact these recommendations.

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