FR5 Software

FirstRate5® house energy rating software

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.

Latest News

  • Release of FirstRate5 v5.5.5

    May 01, 2024
    FirstRate5 v5.5.5 (3.22) is now available as a free download from the FirstRate5 website. Sustainability Victoria recommends that all users upgrade to this version.
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  • Release of FR5 Whole of Home (v1.0.1) & NatHERS Whole of Home Certificates

    Apr 24, 2024
    Sustainability Victoria (SV) is pleased to announce that the FirstRate5 (FR5) website has been upgraded and can now generate NCC 2022 NatHERS Whole of Home (WoH) Certificates. SV has updated the FR5 website user interface to make the new certificate generation process simpler and more streamline.
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  • Update to FR5 Licence Agreement and Website Terms of Service

    Apr 23, 2024
    Sustainability Victoria (SV) has consolidated the FirstRate5 Website End User Terms of Service (End User Terms of Service) and FirstRate5 Software Licence Agreement (Software Licence Agreement) into a single software licence agreement. The title of the new single agreement is FirstRate5 House Energy Rating Software License Agreement (License Agreement) and it will govern the use of the FirstRate5 desktop application, the FirstRate5 website and FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home.
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  • Updated timeline for the release of combined NatHERS Certificate

    Mar 30, 2024
    On 20 March 2024, the NatHERS Administrator approved the FirstRate5 (FR5) NatHERS Certificates which combines both thermal and Whole of Home (WoH) results. Sustainability Victoria (SV) is now in the process of finalising the implementation of the combined NatHERS Certificate generation functionality on the FirstRate5 website. Public release of the updated certificate generation functionality is imminent.
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  • FirstRate5 Whole of Home (v1.0.0) Manual

    Mar 22, 2024
    SV has prepared a draft PDF user manual for FirstRate5 Whole- of-Home (v1.0.0) that is available on the FirstRate5 website. Users should carefully read through the manual to learn how to import FirstRate5 project files into FR5 WoH (v1.0.0) and complete a valid Whole of Home assessment. SV has released this beta version to assist assessors with familiarising themselves with completing Whole of Home assessments before the NCC 2022 transitions periods come to an end in 2024.
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