Offences

The European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006), provide that certain actions in respect of BERs are offences punishable by fines and imprisonment. A full list of offences can be found in the regulations.

For example, the following offences are punishable by a fine not exceeding €5,000;

“Failure by the owner of a building or the agent of such owner to produce and allow inspection by a building control authority or an authorised officer thereof of within 28 days a printed copy of a BER certificate required in respect of that building by the regulations”;

“Making a statement for the performance of his or her functions to a BER assessor, to SEI or to an authorised officer that he or she knows to be false or misleading in a material particular or recklessly making a statement that is false or misleading in a material particular;

“Failing to disclose a material particular to a BER assessor, to SEI or to an authorised officer for the performance of their functions”