Articles in this issue


Welcome to the fifth edition of the NatHERS Star.

This year’s achievements

This has been another big year for the NatHERS Administrator.

NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Update

Applications for TAC membership closed on the 30th of November.

NatHERS Stakeholder Consultative Group (SCG) Update

The first meeting of the NatHERS Stakeholder Consultative Group (SCG) was held on 3 October 2017.

Review of the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment

Following on from our review of the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment, ARTIBUS is currently u

Have your say on Your Home

The Commonwealth Government is conducting a brief survey

Residential Buildings Trajectory

The COAG Energy Council is advancing the energy performance of residential buildings through the development of a trajectory for low ener

Get to know the NatHERS Administrator

Many of you probably know the NatHERS Administrator very well, but for those who don’t, we thought we would take this opportunity to give

Happy 2018!

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have been involved throughout this year in supporting, strength

NatHERS Administrator update of key projects

2015-2018 Strategic Plan
An update to the NatHERS Strategic Plan 2015-2018 is now available on the NatHERS website. This update does not seek to re-evaluate the Strategic Plan that was released in August 2015, but rather acknowledge developments since the original Strategic Plan was released in 2015.

2018-2022 Strategic Plan
A new Strategic Plan 2018-2022 is in its final stages of development and due for release on the NatHERS Website in early 2018. This plan has been developed over the last six months through consultation with the new Stakeholder Consultative Group. This new Strategic Plan will come into effect on 1 July 2018.

Service Charter
The NatHERS Administrator works hard to make sure that we engage with our stakeholders effectively. To ensure that we are transparent with our plans, a new Service Charter is now available. This outlines our plans for the rest of the financial year, including meetings, newsletters and other communications products.

NatHERS Assessor Handbook
The NatHERS Assessor Handbook will provide an easy-to-understand guide to help assessors navigate the NatHERS assessment process. The development of this handbook is progressing well and to ensure that information is made available as soon as possible, the first chapters of the handbook will be released online in the first half of 2018. Keep an eye on

NatHERS Universal Certificate review
Following the recent review of the NatHERS Universal Certificate (the final report is available here) the NatHERS Administrator is working on an updated version of the Certificate. This updated certificate will take all the feedback received as a part of the survey, as well as input from other stakeholders, to ensure that a new version fulfils the needs of users. The new certificate will be released in line with the 2019 software updates.

2019 update to Chenath
To improve the stability and consistency of NatHERS software, the decision was made to align major software updates with the 3 year cycle adopted by the National Construction Code, where possible. There are a range of upgrades being considered for the next update to the Chenath Engine in 2019. More information will be made available about these changes as it becomes available.