Firstrate5 Energy Rating assessments for New Homes
Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania
The main method used for performing energy ratings for New Houses or Units is with the FirstRate5 house energy rating software.
It can be used for a wide range of housing types - from detached houses to high rise dwellings. FirstRate5 includes all climate zones within Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania and is recognized as a house energy rating tool under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme.
Detailed information about the building is entered into the program. This information includes the materials used for construction, i.e. brick veneer; concrete slab; internal thermal mass etc.
Wall, window and floor areas and the buildings orientation is included.
Window frame types; glazing; eave widths; sunlight obstruction from neighboring buildings, courtyards, fences; the extent and type of floor coverings are further items.
Building legislation now requires all owners/developers of new houses and units to submit an Energy Report prepared by an Accredited Thermal Performance Assessor. This report must achieve a minimum 6 star rating.
We are accredited thermal performance assessors (Energy Raters) with the sustainable Energy Authority Victoria.
(Reg: BDAV Vic 10/128) and Department of planning & Local government S.A.(Independant Assessor HE 085)
Energy Ratings for Home Extensions & House Renovations
Building Legislations requires Home extensions and House renovations to comply with minimum Energy Rating requirements. To assess the compliance for extensions and renovations we require full working drawings showing existing dwelling, proposed extension or renovation and a full window/glazed door schedule. For full details please contact us via email or phone.
Building Design Partners
To achieve minimum acceptable energy ratings is not just a matter of luck ! A good design produced by people who understand principles of energy efficiency is just as important as getting the 'look' of the house right.
Our design partner specializes in energy efficient design while not compromising that 'special look' you are after for your project. Whether your plans are styled towards a contemporary design, the more traditional Heritage appeal, perhaps a ranch style home, or the ultra modern creation .
All this can be achieved with our design partners.
The design service features:
Computer design plans with full 3D capability
Specializing in Owner Builder Projects
Fixed pricing for single and double storey designs
Soil tests, Site feature Surveys, Slab engineering
Timber wall frame and roof truss construction
Lighweight steel wall frame and roof truss construction
Composite Building materials
B.A.L. Reports (Bushfire Attack Levels)
Energy Ratings for New Houses
To assess your project we will need the working drawings/plans for your project (preferably in electronic pdf format). Our assessment time frame is normally within 24- 48 hours.
If initial plans do not achieve 6 star rating, we will continue to work with you (at no extra cost) to achieve compliance.
No doubt you have questions we haven't answered.
Contact us by phone or email .
Residential Energy Ratings
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