Heating and cooling homes adds cost to energy bills and impacts the environment. The amount of energy needed to stay warm in winter and cool in summer can easily be reduced by the good design and construction of our homes.
Assessing a building's thermal performance at design stage can identify simple, economical ways to make it more comfortable and save energy.
NatHERS enables the design of a home to be assessed by skilled professionals using sophisticated computer modeling programmes to improve the quality of design and achieve building approvals.
NatHERS sets national standards for professionals offering assessment services as well as the software they use.
NaTHERS Principals for ratings in regulation mode: the existing Software Technical Notes have a a new addendum.
1 July 2013 - Accreditation expired - Course in Building Thermal Performance Assessment (Residential) NTIS code 91318NSW
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has advised that accreditation of the course in Building Thermal Performance Assessment (Residential) NTIS code 91318NSW, expired on 30 June 2013. The course is no longer nationally accredited or a VET qualification. As the course has expired, all Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) must cease to advertise immediately or represent the course as being nationally accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework and/or that a VET qualification will be issued on completion. Provisions to teach out current students may be available. RTOs should contact their registering body for further information.
The NatHERS Benchmark Study is being undertaken in order to better understand the future training and development needs of NatHERS assessors. As such, all assessors are invited - indeed encouraged - to participate. Through participating, and undertaking an online assessment exercise, each assessor will receive immediate (confidential) feedback on their work, receive CPD points if a member of a NatHERS Assessor Accrediting Organisation, and know that they are informing the focus of future NatHERS education, training and development resources. Confidentiality is assured.
The new interactive NatHERS Climate zones map now makes it easier to see in which particular climate zone your street or building site is located in. Topographic details and a brief summary of key climate information are also included for the first time. View the interactive map
The training resources to complement the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment have been developed to assist Registered Training Organisations with consistent delivery of the Certificate IV. The resources have been developed with expert guidance from both NatHERS Assessor Accrediting Organisations, and consist of a Learners Guide, Trainers Guide, Assessment Kit and Recognition of Prior Learning Guide. The resources are available for download - free of charge - by registering via the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Centre website.
The NatHERS logo has been registered as a Trade Mark under the Trade Marks Act 1995. This registration will provide the NatHERS National Administrator with greater powers to address illegal use of the logo. Revised Guidelines for using the NatHERS logo (April 2013) have been issued.
A report on the study of the effect of ground heat transfer on the thermal performance of buildings has been released. The findings will help improve the Chenath calculation engine, which underpins the three software tools accredited under the Scheme.
This note provides information about the new Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment. It aims to answer questions that may be raised by existing NatHERS assessors, people interested in becoming assessors, registered training organisations and other interested parties.
Nationwide consultations with industry, assessors, state and territory governments and accreditation bodies has been undertaken through the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) in development of the new Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment. The new qualifications will be presented for endorsement at the quarterly meeting of the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) on 5 September 2012.
The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) - Software Accreditation Protocol, June 2012 (Protocol) was prepared by the NatHERS National Administrator with the assistance of the state and territory building energy efficiency policy agencies and the Australian Building Codes Board. It was approved by the NatHERS Steering Committee (Energy Efficiency Working Group, E2WG) of the Select Council on Climate Change and came into effect on 26 June 2012.
This single Protocol combines and replaces the Procedure for Accrediting Software under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (April 2007 and 2011) and the Australian Building Codes Board Protocol for House Energy Rating Software (Version 2005.1).
4 May 2012 - Withdrawal of sales and support for AccuRate v22.214.171.124
The distributor, Hearne Scientific Software Pty Ltd, withdrew sale and support for AccuRate V126.96.36.199 from 1 May 2012.
This will not impact the accreditation status of this software, or AccuRate Sustainability V.188.8.131.52.