Software for Energy Rating
Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme NatHERS)
30 January 2015Update on software release for BERS Pro - Chenath engine V3.13 and FirstRate5
1 November 2014Accreditation of Accurate Sustainability Version 18.104.22.168
13 October 2014
8 July 2014
FirstRate5® house energy rating software (click here)
FirstRate5 v5.2.0 (3.13) is now available as a free download from www.fr5.com.au. Version 5.2.0 (3.13) contains a number of new features and enhancements. 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.
The BERS Pro Plus House Energy Rating Scheme is a Nationally accredited Home Energy Rating System. The BERS Pro computer program is the centre of the thermal simulation process. It is used to simulate 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.
Other rating tools:
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
Building Code of Australia (BCA) Energy Efficiency requirements are listed in: