Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Building Regulations

12:00 pm

Photo of Liz McManusLiz McManus (Wicklow, Labour)
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Question 302: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will comment on the difficulties faced by building energy rating contractors who have invested significant amounts in training, insurance and registration and who now are faced with low take up of BER certificates; the number of BER contractors and the amount of BER certificate applications since the beginning of the scheme; the steps he will take to ensure further take up of this scheme; if he will introduce a waiver in relation to registration for those who are unemployed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43359/09]

Photo of John GormleyJohn Gormley (Dublin South East, Green Party)
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I refer to the reply to Question No. 131 of 14 October 2009 which deals comprehensively with the issues raised. The position is unchanged. With regard to activity levels under the Building Energy Rating (BER) system, the latest figures received from Sustainable Energy Ireland indicate that some 2,900 persons are currently registered as BER assessors for dwellings and over 85,000 BER certificates for dwellings are now in place. The corresponding figures in relation to buildings other than dwellings are over 300 BER assessors and some 2,600 BER certificates.


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