Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria was established under the Sustainability Victoria Act 65/2005.

Sustainability Victoria facilitates and promotes the sustainable use of resources within Victoria.

It implements Victorian Government policy by working with business, government and the community in better delivering social, economic and environmental outcomes in the areas of carbon pollution reduction, the smarter use of energy, materials and water.


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FirstRate 5

We use FirstRate5, House Energy Rating Software (HERS), to Thermal Performance Assess all the residential plans that we receive. FirstRate5 is a 2nd Generation Software which complies with the Australian Building Codes Board Protocol for House Energy Rating Software for Residential Buildings Version 2006.1.

Sustainability Victoria, who designed and maintains FirstRate5, have worked hard over the years to keep this house energy rating software upgraded and in alignment with the national benchmark software, AccuRate.

FirstRate5 Plan

FirstRate5 also includes the AccuRate calculation engine plus a host of features including some of the following:
the ability to zone the house according to how each room will be used night and day
the ability to rate up to 10 stars
the full range of AccuRate climate zones
an independent rating which is not dictated by the size and/or type of house construction
an extensive listing of generic and manufactured windows