Sustainability and Energy Rating.

From the 1st of January 2009, a BER certificate became compulsory for all homes being sold or offered for rent. If you are buying or renting a house or apartment, you are entitled to a BER so ask the seller, landlord or agent for it. A BER certificate is accompanied by an advisory report which will identify how you might improve the energy performance of your home. A BER is also required where construction of a new home begins on or after 1st January 2007. BER assessments performed on new dwellings also help determine compliance with Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Energy) of the Building Regulations. BER is based on primary energy demand and the BER scale ranges from ā€œA1ā€ (most efficient) to ā€œGā€ (least efficient).