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

  • Free FR5 Whole of Home Webinar - 26 March & Deletion of WoH Assessments

    Mar 14, 2024
    Join the FirstRate5 team and NatHERS technical staff on 26 March 2024 (2pm AEDT) to learn about the capabilities and application of Sustainability Victoria's new FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home tool. FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home (v1.0.0) is a beta version that does not include certificate functionality. Any whole of home assessments that have been created using version 1.0.0 will be deleted when SV releases the updated version of the tool that will include full whole of home certificate functionality, unless SV receives a request to retain the data.
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  • FR5 License & Website Terms Update, Deletion of Whole of Home Assessments & Timeline for Release of WoH Certificates

    Feb 23, 2024
    Sustainability Victoria (SV) has updated the FirstRate5 Website End User Terms of Service and the FirstRate5 Software Licence Agreement, which apply to the FirstRate5 desktop application, the FirstRate5 website and FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home. Sustainability Victoria will delete all whole of home assessment that have been created using FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home (v1.0.0) unless we receive a request from the user to retain the data. Sustainability Victoria plans to release an updated version of FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home by mid to late March 2024. This new version will be able to be used to generate NatHERS Whole of Homes Certificates for regulatory purposes.
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  • Release of FirstRate5 Whole of Home (v1.0.0)

    Dec 21, 2023
    Sustainability Victoria (SV) is pleased to announce that FirstRate5 Whole of Home (v1.0.0) (FR5 WoH (v1.0.0)) has successfully passed the NatHERS accreditation process and is now available to all FirstRate5 users. 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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  • Release of FR5 v5.5.4 & Holiday Support Schedule

    Dec 12, 2023
    FirstRate5 v5.5.4 (3.22) is now available as a free download from Sustainability Victoria (SV) recommends that all users upgrade to this version. FR5 v5.5.4 (3.22) contains the following two bugs fixes and enhancements. An updated thermal bridging training video is now available and the software user manual has been updated. The FirstRate5 helpdesk will be closed from Friday 22 December 2023 (12pm AEDT) and will re-open on Monday 8 January 2024 (9am AEDT).
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  • FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home (v1.0.0)

    Dec 06, 2023
    Sustainability Victoria is pleased to announce that FirstRate5 Whole-of-Home (v1.0.0) has achieved NatHERS Whole of Home accreditation. This means that the tool has meet the accuracy requirements set by the NatHERS Administrator and can generate a valid Whole of Home performance rating.
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