Building energy rating communicates benefits of energy efficiency in Irish rental properties

Key findings presented at the 2020 UCD-ESRI Energy Policy Research Conference

Rental properties with better energy efficiency have higher rental incomes that are in line with the estimated energy bill savings, highlighting the effectiveness of the Building Energy Rating (BER) scheme in communicating energy efficiency.

This is one of the key findings presented today at the annual UCD ESRI Energy Policy Research Conference. The online conference showcased some of the ongoing energy policy research underway in both UCD Energy Institute and ESRI.

Energy policy research looks at how effective current policies are and assesses the potential impact of new policies or processes under consideration.

The research finding that rental properties with better energy efficiency (shown by BER certificates) have higher rents on average, presented at the conference by Ivan Petrov, a PhD student in the UCD Energy Institute, shows that the BER scheme works quite well in communicating the benefits of energy efficiency.

UCD Energy Institute Director, Professor Andrew Keane, said, “Research collaboration is really important to us in the Energy Institute. Our history of collaboration with ESRI really helps strengthen the research by bringing together the leading experts covering a range of different areas including economics, behavioural science, engineering and climate science, among others. The challenges of decarbonisation require a collective effort.”

Professor Alan Barrett, CEO, ESRI, said, “In order to find solutions to the global climate challenge, the best minds from different fields must work together. The collaboration between the ESRI and UCD on energy research is an excellent example of how multi-disciplinary research can yield important results. Our annual joint conference provides an opportunity to present the results of the on-going research, all with a view to providing guidance for policy formation.”

The conference also covered research in the areas of renewable electricity targets, blockchain for energy, climate change deniers and the economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19 for Ireland.