Software for Energy Rating

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme NatHERS)



FirstRate5

1stRate5 is an easy-to-use interactive tool with a graphic user interface that enables designers and thermal performance assessors to generate energy ratings for a home by tracing over floor plans. The software integrates the AccuRate calculation engine to estimate the annual heating and cooling energy and can be used to rate an existing design or as an interactive tool to optimise the design beyond compliance.

For FirstRate5 house energy rating software (click here)

FirstRate5 v5.2.5 (3.13) is available as a free download from www.fr5.com.au. FirstRate5 is an easy-to-use interactive tool with a graphic user interface that enables designers and thermal performance assessors to generate energy ratings for a home by tracing over floor plans. The software integrates the AccuRate calculation engine to estimate the annual heating and cooling energy and can be used to rate an existing design or as an interactive tool to optimise the design beyond compliance.


BERS Pro

The BERS (Building Energy Rating Scheme) computer program is a powerful tool that is used to simulate and analyse the thermal performance of Australian houses in climates ranging from Alpine to tropical. BERS is a Home Energy Rating Scheme that can be used to assign a star rating to a house within a particular climate type. It is used to simulate the thermal performance of Australian houses in climates ranging from Alpine to tropical.
On the 1st February 2017 BERS Pro v4.3.0.2 (3.13) was released marking the end of the full and formal accreditation of BERS Pro 4.3.0.X by the NatHERS administrator.



Other rating tools:

BASIX

BuildingSustainability Index BASIX , a regulation of the NSW Government that ensures homes are designed to use less potable water and be responsible for fewer greenhouse gas emissions by setting energy and water reduction targets for house and units.

Check out the new Energy Rating App for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows

The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) rates the heating and cooling energy performance of windows in residential buildings anywhere in Australia.


(The Western Australian Government has chosen not to implement BASIX at present.)

Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes

Rating tools should be designed to assess the environmental impact of interior fit-out of buildings. A green fit-out may include features such as access to natural light combined with efficient artificial lighting, energy and water conservation features, waste management, fit-out items with low emissions and reduced environmental impacts, and timber from sustainable forests.

Building Code of Australia (BCA) Energy Efficiency requirements are listed in:
BCA Volume 1 Section J Energy Efficiency
BCA Volume 2 Part 3.12 Energy Efficiency

Karl Boeing