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.
  • Changes to the generation of the FirstRate5 preview certificate

    Nov 08, 2019
    Changes have been introduced to enhance the security of the FirstRate5 preview certificate. From Friday 8 November 2019 (11:45 AM) preview certificates generated on the FirstRate5 website will be converted to images and a greater area of each page will be covered by the preview watermark.
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  • Problem with the AFRC Custom Windows Library included in FirstRate5 v5.2.11 (3.13)

    Nov 07, 2019
    It has come to Sustainability Victoria’s attention that there is a problem with how some folders are named in the AFRC Custom Windows library included in FR5 v5.2.11 (3.13). The problem relates to the fact that some manufacturer’s windows are contained in two folders because folders have been named in slightly different ways. If you are looking for a window from an affected manufacturer you may need to check both folders.
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  • 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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