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All new Non-Domestic Buildings for which planning permission was applied for on or after 1st July 2008 will require a BER Cert.

Transitional BER exemptions will apply to new non-domestic buildings for which planning permission is applied on or before 30th June 2008 provided the new non-domestic buildings involved are substantially completed by 30th June 2010.

Any existing domestic or non-domestic building will require a BER Cert when offered for sale or letting on or after 1st January 2009.

A BER certificate for a building will be valid for 10 years from the date of issue.

A provisional BER certificate will be valid for a period of 2 years from the date of issue.


The Directive also states that any new ‘large’ building (a building with a total useful floor area in excess of 1,000m²) for which a planning application is made, or a planning notice is published, on or after 1 January 2007 requires the following:

01. That any person who commissions the construction of such a building shall ensure,
000before work commences on its construction, that due consideration has been given to
000the technical, environmental and economic feasibility of installing alternative energy
000systems in the proposed large building, and that the use of such systems has been
000taken into account, as far as practicable, in the design of that building.

02. Compliance with the above is required to be shown in the form of a report on the
000feasibility of renewable energies for the building to be retained by the person who
000commissioned the building for a period of 5 years from the date of completion of the 000building.

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