SEAI’s Public Sector Partnership Programme

The SEAI’s Partnership Programme aims to help Public Sector Bodies:

  • save money;
  • improve the environment;
  • meet national obligations by making significant reductions in their energy usage.


Since 2011: Public Sector bodies have been obliged to include an energy efficiency statement in their annual reports.

Since 2011: Public bodies, including schools, have been obliged to monitor and report energy use to SEAI.

2011 – 2013: SEAI is implementing a monitoring and reporting system for Public Sector bodies, which will entail:

  • Monitoring of progress towards attainment of the 33% target;
  • Compiling of statistics on the Public Sector;
  • Adding value where possible.

By end 2012: First full year of reporting.

By 2020: Statutory requirement for all Public Sector organisations to have reduced their energy consumption by 33%.

Objective: To achieve 3% energy savings per annum.

Arkman Engineering is part of the Partnership Programme. We are appointed and funded by SEAI. 

 We will provide dedicated, tailored support and will work with you to:

  • assess the potential to save within your organisation;
  • develop an annual Energy Action Plan;
  • implement the plan by undertaking specific, targeted actions that save at least 3% per annum.


“We can create a more sustainable, cleaner and safer world by making wiser energy choices.”
Robert Alan Silverstein

Building Energy Rating

Building Energy Rating certificates are required for domestic and commercial buildings. The rating is an assessment of the energy performance of a building by a BER Assessor for the purposes of assigning a Building Energy Rating.

A Domestic BER certificate is required for domestic premises.

A Non-Domestic Building Energy Rating or Commercial Building Energy Rating (BER) is required for a commercial building.

A BER Assessor is someone who is registered with Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) to carry out BER assessments in compliance with the requirements of the European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2006.

A Provisional BER is an assessment of the specifications and plans of a proposed new building prior to the completion of construction. This certificate is valid for 24 months from the day it was issued, and should be calculated for all proposed new works.

A building’s BER certificate and related advisory report is valid for 10 years from the issue date.

From 1 July 2008, all new non domestic buildings require a BER certificate. However a BER certificate is not required if planning permission was applied for or a planning notice was published on or before 30 June 2008 and where substantial work (i.e. the structure of the external walls) is completed by 30 June 2010, except when such building is offered for a second or subsequent sale or letting.

From 1 January 2009, all existing non-domestic buildings being sold or let require a BER certificate.

One BER certificate is required for a building which contains residential accommodation above a non-domestic space (e.g. a pub or a shop), provided that the only access to the residential space is through the non-domestic space.

A registered Domestic BER assessor carries out the assessment for domestic premises. The assessment for a Commercial Building is carried out by a registered Commercial BER assessor.