Home Energy Audit
If you are thinking of improving your home we can carry out a audit for you which will highlight the areas which need immediate attention. It may be the windows, insulation or the heating system. We can show you what the present "U" values are for the various elements and what the current building regulations look for.
The survey is based on the BER programme and will indicate the BER rating of the house as it is.
If you require we can recommend reputable contractors who will price the work for you.
The cost for this service starts at €285.
By getting the correct independent advice at the beginning you could save in the long term and would make your home more comfortable and at much less cost.
Thermal Camera Surveys
Thermal Imaging is the process of discovering cold spots within a home, in order to isolate the major points of heat loss. An infra-red camera is used to map the various heat points in a room, and the image then can be printed.
We offer a complete house survey to determine means by which saving can be made concerning your energy usage. Including a detailed examination of:
- Heating Controls
- Boiler Efficiency
Our thermal camera surveys can solve many issues:
- Discover problems in mechanical installations
- Find air infiltration problems
- Check floor heating for leaks
- Avoid overheated fuses
- Detect anomalies in HVAC systems
- Check the conditions of electrical engines fast
- Find insulation problems
- Inspect central heating problems
- Discover leaks in roofs
We will provide you with:
- List of recommendations
- Thermal survey report
- Thermal images showing problem areas
Our qualified BER Assessors can also provide a BER certification...
Building Energy Rating (BER) Certification
A BER Cert, or Building Energy Rating, is a scale of A-G, with A being the most energy efficient and G the least. In simplest terms, it is an indication of the energy performance of a house. Every aspect of energy loss is factored into the cert, including, but not limited to, space heating, ventilation, lighting and water heating. From January 2009, it became illegal in Ireland to offer a home for sale without a valid BER Cert.
2011 Part L Specification
We can verify that your new build meets the thermal performance and insulation standards for domestic buildings as set out in Part L (Conversation of Fuel and Energy) amendment to the Building Regulations in 2011 explained below.
Conservation of Fuel and Energy
L1 A building shall be designed and constructed so as to ensure that the energy performance of the building is such as to limit the amount of energy required for the operation of the building and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with this energy use insofar as is reasonably practicable
L2 For existing dwellings, the requirements of L1 shall be met by:-
- limiting heat loss and, where appropriate, maximising heat gain through the fabric of the building;
- controlling, as appropriate, the output of the space heating and hot water systems;
- limiting the heat loss from pipes, ducts and vessels used for the transport or storage of heated water or air;
- providing that all oil and gas fired boilers installed as replacements in existing dwellings shall meet a minimum seasonal efficiency of 90% where practicable.
L3 For new dwellings, the requirements of L1 shall be met by:-
- providing that the energy performance of the dwelling is such as to limit the calculated primary energy consumption and related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions insofar as is reasonably practicable, when both energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions arc calculated using the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) published by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland;
- providing that, for new dwellings, a reasonable proportion of the energy consumption to meet the energy performance of a dwelling is provided by renewable energy sources;
- limiting heat loss and, where appropriate, availing of heat gain through the fabric of the building;
- providing and commissioning energy efficient space and water heating systems with efficient heat sources and effective controls;
- providing that all oil and gas fired boilers shall meet a minimum seasonal efficiency of 90%;
- providing to the dwelling owner sufficient information about the building, the fixed building services and their maintenance requirements so that the building can be operated in such a manner as to use no more fuel and energy than is reasonable.