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.
  • Release of FirstRate5 v5.2.11 (3.13) - Undo returns and new Ceiling Penetration Tool

    Oct 07, 2019
    Sustainability Victoria is pleased to announce the release of FirstRate5 v5.2.11 (3.13). This new version contains a number of major new features, enhancements and bug fixes.
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  • Release of FR5 v5.2.10b (3.13) & Extension of FR5 v5.2.9 (3.13) Transition Period

    Apr 10, 2019
    FirstRate5 v5.2.10b (3.13) is now available as a free download from www.fr5.com.au. Sustainability Victoria (SV) recommends that all users upgrade to this version. This version is a minor bug fix release that addresses a range of issues. Full details are available in the software Release Notes, which can be opened by clicking ‘Release Notes’ under the Help menu.
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  • Important Changes to Java Licensing

    Apr 10, 2019
    Oracle has introduced some licensing changes for Java Standard Edition (SE) 8 and also versions of Java SE beyond version 8. These licensing changes will impact FR5 users because under Oracle's updated Java SE license FR5 users will be considered commercial users. It is essential that all FR5 users ensure they are using a properly licensed and supported Java installation on their computers.
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  • Release of 2018 User Support Survey Report

    Mar 20, 2019
    In July 2018, Sustainability Victoria (SV) issued an online survey to gather feedback on the FirstRate5 (FR5) technical support service, software development, and certificate generation website. The survey results can now be downloaded for review.
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  • Extension of transition period for FR5 v5.2.9 (3.13)

    Mar 04, 2019
    Sustainability Victoria (SV) has decided to extend by seven weeks the transition period during which both FR5 v5.2.9 (3.13) and FR5 v5.2.10 (3.13) files will automatically calculate on the FirstRate5 website. This has been done to allow users more time adjust to the new features contained in FR5 v5.2.10 (3.13) and upgrade existing project files.
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