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.

Building and construction projects invited to enter Premier's Sustainability Awards

by FR5 | May 16, 2016

Sustainable design, construction and building industry sector are now invited to enter their projects into the Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards and share their achievements.

Entries are now open for businesses, organisations, state and local government and individuals who are leading the way in innovative sustainable construction. 

The Melbourne School of Design (MSD) at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, finalist in the Built Environment category in the 2015 Premier's Sustainability Awards is a state-of-the-art academic facility, setting a new standard for design education. The building facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary engagement and the critical exploration of complex built environment issues.

Melbourne School of Design
Melbourne Design School, Built Environment Finalist for the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Embedded in the design is a commitment to sustainability and green architecture. The MSD building has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design - Education Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of Australia and it was the first education facility to be awarded the maximum 10 Green Star innovation credits.

There are 10 award categories in the 2016 Premier's Sustainability Awards, many of which are relevant to built environment and infrastructure projects, both large and small:

  • Built Environment
  • Community
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Protection
  • Government
  • Health
  • Innovative Products or Services
  • Large Business
  • Small and Medium Enterprises.

Entries close Monday 27 June, 5pm.

For more information on how to enter, key dates and to register to attend an information session, visit the awards website.

Melbourne School of Design 2
Melbourne Design School, Built Environment Finalist for the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards